Famous Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has visited Poland together with a film crew. According to the local media, the teenager planned to shoot a video on the premises of the biggest lignite-fired power plant in Europe.
The first to break the news were reporters from “Dziennik Łódzki”, and it was later confirmed by Bełchatów police whose officers assisted the young activist and her crew.
“On January 14th the Swede arrived at the observation deck in Kleszczów, where there’s an excellent view at the open pit and the power plant,” Ewelina Maciejewska from Bełchatów police told tvn24.pl.
She added that everything went very calmly.
“The observation deck is available without any restrictions, same thing with taking pictures and filming there,” Officer Iwona Kaszewska added.
According to “Dziennik Łódzki”, the police assisted the Swede after the officers had been called by the power plant security.
According to the daily, Greta Thunberg had notified the PGE about her plan to make a video at the power plant, but the company didn’t grant the Swede permission.
It wasn’t the first time when activists used Bełchatów power plant to send their message. Last year, Greenpeace displayed a photo of Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki with a caption saying “Shame”, at one of the cooling towers. This was a protest against Poland’s blocking EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal. The activists also said that Bełchatów plant was emitting the highest amount of carbon dioxide in Europe.
In April 2014, the European Commission ranked Bełchatów Power Station “the most climate-damaging power plant in the European Union”, with CO2 emissions of roughly 37.2 million tonnes in 2013.