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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 January 2008

CEL DELIVERS LETTER AND SYMBOLS TO 10 DOWNING STREET
IN RESPONSE TO PLANS FOR NEW NUCLEAR BUILD

(Also See report, written straight afterwards)

At 12 noon on Thursday 10th January, at No. 10 Downing Street, Christian Ecology Link members Ruth Jarman, Eleanor Orr and Jonathan Essex will enact a symbolic act of resistance to the Government's recent announcement to build a new generation of nuclear power plants.

The three C.E.L. members will present the Prime Minister with a solar powered torch and a sample of insulation material as symbols of the energy we can generate from the sun, wind and waves, and the importance of the need for a drastic reduction in our use of energy (respectively). They will also give the P.M. a letter outlining their requests for a non-nuclear future and a copy of Faith and Power, the C.E.L. report which proposes energy reduction and investment in renewable energy forms, rather than new nuclear power stations, as the way forward.

Ruth Jarman of C.E.L. and a strong advocate for moderating our consumption of energy, said,

"There is no scientific consensus about the safety of nuclear power. Ethical questions concerning radiation risks and the transportation and disposal of nuclear waste are major causes of concern which have not been fully addressed. As Christians, we seek an energy strategy which reflects love of the Creator, expresses care for the whole Creation, and is informed by Christian principles of care, peacemaking, justice and love for our neighbours".

C.E.L. maintains that a new generation of nuclear power stations will not significantly reduce CO2 emissions, and yet will cost (including development and decontamination) at least £100 billion and deliver too late. Investment in energy reduction and conservation, and renewable forms of energy (solar, wind and wave power) would deliver far greater reductions in CO2
emissions, far sooner.

C.E.L. is requesting that the Government use its legislative power to urgently drive down energy consumption, for example, by immediately banning the manufacture of standby buttons in all electrical goods, thus saving 8% of the domestic electricity currently used. Furthermore, a ban on the manufacture of inefficient light bulbs would save the same amount of energy
per year as would be produced by two nuclear power plants. C.E.L. is also urging that the Government's current paltry nvestment in renewables be escalated to a level that will not only fulfil our nation's duty to the Earth in terms of our contribution to climate change, but will also lead the world towards a truly sustainable way of living

ENDS

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