Greenpeace Activists Scale Dirty Coal Plant and Demand Shutdown (Video)

02/17/2011 03:46 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Early this morning Greenpeace activists scaled a coal plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut to send a message that dirty coal plants are responsible for thousands of deaths in America every year and are destroying our planet.

The activists hung a 40ft. x 20ft. banner at the Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station that read, "Shut it Down - Quit Coal."

The Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station is an aging, inefficient plant that endangers the health of Bridgeport residents, including the children attending the six schools located within a one mile radius. Nationwide, smokestack pollution from coal-fired power plants kills more than 13,000 people per year according to the Clean Air Task Force -- a rate of one person every forty minutes.

Watch the video taken by the activists on the coal elevator:

The protest comes as the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise undertakes the East Coast leg of the Coal Free Future Tour. The Arctic Sunrise is currently on its final stop of the tour in Boston, MA.