Join these rallies to let this public inquiry know you STILL don't want this coal mine

Canaries were encaged and forced to accompany underground coal miners for early detection of the lethal gasses that could be released by mining. We are the canaries in this decision, and we'll be on the streets in West Cumbria and London on the first day of the public inquiry into the West Cumbria coal mine proposal to warn the Minister for Housing, Communities, and Local Government that our lives and so many others are on the line as we reach the tipping point for irreversible runaway climate change.

We plan to have little canary cut-outs at the London rally that you can write a message or draw on, creating a warning flock outside the Ministry. West Cumbrian activists against the coal mine proposal are also sending a handmade canary for us to deliver to the Ministry. If you want to help us hand out flyers to members of the public passing, that's great!  We'll have flyers available when you arrive.

Are you a journalist? See our press release.

Rally details

There will be 2 rallies on the same day in different locations - a local rally in West Cumbria at site of the proposed coal mine and a rally in London outside the Ministry that'll make the ultimate decision after the public inquiry.

West Cumbria rally

Date: Tuesday 07th September, 2021

Time: 09:00-10:00

Location: outside the site of the proposed coal mine, Woodhouse Colliery, Woodville Way, Whitehaven, CA28 9LF

London rally

Date: Tuesday 07th September, 2021

Time: 09:00-10:00

Location: outside the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF.

Please only attend either rally if you are feeling well, sanitise your hands regularly, and if possible, wear a mask whilst in the vicinity of other people, particularly if you're planning to hand out flyers to the public. Where possible, please avoid public transport, particularly where that is crowded. See our Covid19 risk assessment.

What to bring

  • Warm, comfortable clothing, water, hand sanitiser, and a mask.
  • You don't need to, but if you want to make a banner - fantastic! But we're asking everyone not to brand banners with any group's logos that they may be a member of. That's because we want to keep the visual message focused on the West Cumbria coal mine proposal, and the absurdity of considering opening a new coal mine as we're at the tipping point of runaway climate change.
  • We'll supply some leaflets you can hand out to members of the public if you feel comfortable doing that, spreading the message futher.


The proposed West Cumbria coal mine is going to a public inquiry called by Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick on 07 Sep 2021 and will last for at least 4 weeks. If the coal mine gets permission, it'll emit around 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and commit the UK to extracting 2.78 million tonnes of coal annually, until 2049 - or even 2070, if the mining company gets its way. The Climate Change Committee has officially stated this coal mine, expected to emit 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year for 40 years, is incompatible with the UK's climate change commitments. Promises by West Cumbria Mining Ltd of jobs and tax income are undermined by its investors, EMR Capital Resources, which has offices in the Cayman Islands tax haven - see our parody brochure for more information.

We want to ensure there is a visible show of public support for an end to coal mining in the UK, in solidarity with the local communities in Whitehaven, West Cumbria, who don't want this on their doorsteps, as well as communities living in the global south who'll bear the brunt of the climate change impacts this coal mine would contribute to. We want to show what the people think rather than what NGOs or campaign groups think. As such, we won't have any banners with our own logo on and we ask anyone attending not to bring branding of groups they may belong to.


Email and

Some of the groups involved in resisting this coal mine proposal

This campaign is primarily driven by committed Cumbrian activists for have been fighting this proposal for years. One of these Cumbrian groups is SLACC, who have pulled together a legal team to take on West Cumbria Mining Ltd's own legal team in the public inquiry. SLACC's website has a wealth of detailed information.

Friends of the Earth is working alongside the local campaign, and supporting it with capacity and training. Friends of the Earth are also taking an important role against the West Cumbria Mining Ltd in the upcoming public inquiry.

Share now:

Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Martin Hurse
Martin Hurse
2 years ago

Bors is so two faced its unbelievable

Jo McEleny
Jo McEleny
2 years ago

Isn’t it amazing, the lengths we have to go to, to force the ”public servants” to do what we, their employers, need them to do!!!

Mary Turner
Mary Turner
2 years ago

Hand your leaflets out in London at the xr impossible rebellion. It’s what the rebellion is all about— the government’s hypocrisy re fossil fuels

Frances Bell
Frances Bell
2 years ago

I am tired of this coal mine being referred to as ‘the Cumbrian coal mine’. This sounds like energetic locals have worked to produce this big project. and is garnering huge support. Actually, the locals did nothing. It’s an Australian mine. Why is the world and potential objectors not informed of the truth?

Marianne Bennett
2 years ago

the other unmentioned group is Radiation Free Lakeland who have run the Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole campaign since 2017 – the picture is far bigger than that being painted ..

Wendi Lethbridge
Wendi Lethbridge
2 years ago

the greatest number of protesters by far in street demos in past 3yrs are based around Kendal.To get to Whitehaven for 9 am is quite an ask for many of us. any chance making it later? not as if there’s an office there any more which starts at 9am. You will get a better turnout if you do

Heather King
Heather King
2 years ago

I’m thinking I would struggle to get there on time from Carlisle, the Whitehaven time and place is maybe a bit difficult? If you have a lot of interested people from further away you might want to make it a bit later/longer, but I guess leave it the same if not 🙂

2 years ago

A new coalmine next to Sellafield (built over a known geological fault already subject to seismic activity) and its stockpile of toxic radioactive nuclear waste, potential new nuclear reactors and a “geological disposal facility” GDF for nuclear waste? What could possibly go wrong?

stephen Glencross Glencross
stephen Glencross Glencross
2 years ago

have to stop coal mining ; climate change is happening in reality choking this Gods good earth ; every year massive forrest fires ice melting got to get greener jobs otherwise more flooding more fires more ice melting dont have to be a rocket scientist to see whats happening –STOP THE MINE .


[…] The Whitehaven rally will happen at the same time as a rally in London. Further details here. […]

Never miss an update! Sign up to our Newsletter


FINITE: the Climate of change – watch from home

We’re excited to let you know that you can finally watch FINITE online now on Vimeo On Demand, by renting or buying the film.

FINITE: The Climate of Change is an inspiring insider’s view of communities in the UK and Germany putting their bodies on the line to fight back against coal mining. Featuring Coal Action Network alongside local people in the Pont Valley, Durham…

Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s last opencast coal mine finally shut – we’re not celebrating

We are an environmental organisation dedicated to ending coal mining and use in the UK for the sake of our collective climate and ecosystems. So you’d think we’d celebrate the claim by Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd that it will finally stop mining coal today at Ffos-y-fran in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. But we’re not. Because the abject failure of Merthyr County Borough Council to stop…

Ditch the dirty dollars – invest in our future!

People hailing from Cumbria to London, and everywhere in between, descended on the Mines and Money Conference in London across two days (28th-29th Nov 2023). We demanded that investors stop pouring cash into the mining sector, and  instead invest in our collective future. Together with Fossil Free London and other groups, we greeted investors with…

5 Insurers Rule Out The West Cumbria Mine

The insurers that have ruled out underwriting the mine are AEGIS Managing Agency, Argenta Syndicate Management, Hannover Re and Talanx. These are the first financial institutions to rule out any involvement with the project, and the win represents a new phase in the campaign to stop the project from going ahead.

EACOP: Global Day of Action against Chinese involvement in the pipeline

Today’s global actions focused specifically on the state-owned China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure), the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim), and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). Sinosure is said to be in advanced talks with the Ugandan government about providing credit for the project.

Protesters occupy the offices of City Of London insurers demanding they rule out backing for climate-wrecking projects

On 18th October dozens of protesters staged a sit-in occupation of the plush City of London offices of ten Lloyd’s of  London insurers demanding they rule out insuring the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). 

Protest the Mines & Money conference

Global mining companies are coming to London soon attempting to find investors in their ruinous projects at the Mines and Money Conference (28th to 30th November). Join our protests against it!

Ffos-y-fran: timeline of illegal coal mining

01 September 2022: Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd applies for a S.73 time extension to mine coal from Ffos-y-fran, and to accordingly delay and vary restoration works.
06 September 2022: Planning permission ends for coal mining at the Ffos-y-fran site, after 15 years and 3 months of operations.
12 September 2022: first reports to MTCBC have been made by local residents of coaling beyond the end of planning permission.

Coalition backing a coal mining ban in Wales

Over 30 Welsh NGOs and businesses have signed a letter to Welsh Minister Julie James and Deputy Minister Lee Waters, demanding they draw a line in the sand and announce ban on any further coal mines on Welsh soil. The letter was delivered on 11th October 2023.


Share now:

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x