Action Against Peat Bog Destruction in Greater Manchester
On the 15th of April campaigners from Greater Manchester and across the north east took action against the extraction of peat from a site at Chat Moss, Salford. Activists locked on to a lorry and a digger to halt the extraction operation, and two people were arrested and later charged under section 4a of the public order act after a police tactical aid unit was called to the site to remove them.
Peat bogs are unique environments and are vital both as habitats and as a store of carbon, which is released into the atmosphere when peat bogs are drained and the peat extracted. In an overwhelmingly urbanised area like Greater Manchester our peat bogs are especially important as havens for biodiversity and a natural barrier to overdevelopment. Peat bog extraction is a major contributor to climate change, and there are numerous alternatives to using peat in gardening and horticulture. The removal of peat at Chat Moss and at sites throughout the country is highly destructive and driven entirely by profit, not necessity.
Those arrested are due in court at 9:30 am on May 10th at Salford Magistrate’s court.
A full report on the action can be found here: https://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/23840