Vancouver man involved in planned Greenpeace protest
courtesy of Brent Lewin/greenpeace canada
A 25-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested along with two others for climbing aboard a coal ship on Lake Erie and chaining themselves to conveyer belts to protest global warming.
Charlie Latimer, a Greenpeace activist, was arrested at around noon yesterday. He was trying to delay the delivery of 30,000 tonnes of coal to the Nanticoke electricity generating station in Ontario.
“Nanticoke is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada,” said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, an energy and climate campaigner for Greenpeace. “It continues to burn coal when it should be shut down.”
Stensil said nuclear plants are not an alternative.
“Money must be invested in clean energy options,” he added.
Fellow Vancouver Greenpeace activist, Queenly Lee, 24, said Latimer is a socially conscious individual who likes to play kickball at Robson Park on Mondays.
She said this type of protest is vintage Greepeace; a daring stunt that draws attention to an important cause.
Latimer and Dominique Du Sablon, 20, left the Greepeace vessel, Arctic Sunrise, in inflatable zodiac boats at about 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. They boarded the 230-metre long Algomarine using rickety scaling ladders. A third protester, Emily-Elizabeth Storey, 22, suspended herself from the Algomarine’s stern. All three were arrested by Ontario Provincial Police after about three hours.