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Climate Camp needs Us!

by City ~ Boy | 16.07.2007 01:40 | Climate Camp 2007 | Climate Chaos | Education | Free Spaces

Next month the second Camp for Climate Action will take place in the South of England, near to Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport. It will be a working ecological village using renewable energy, composting waste and sourcing food locally. The camp is for all who share a vision for sustainable living. Its success depends on us, the people who go. Why not get involved now and help shape Nottingham's contribution to this vital grass-roots movement?

The climate camp is a place for people who want to take the necessary radical action on climate change - to come together from around the country for a week of low-impact living, education and direct action. The camps draw attention to the UK’s most damaging sources of climate-changing emissions. The high-altitude emissions of CO2 and Nitrogen Dioxide from Heathrow’s air traffic make it the most potent source of emissions from a country whose inhabitants’ high consumption, fossil-fuelled lifestyles are unfortunately unsustainable and short-dated.

The camp embodies a belief that wider change can be achieved by taking action in our own lives in accordance with our beliefs, and by working cooperatively to work out and bring about the alternatives. Having more control over our lives and their impacts on a sensitive planet can extend to a concern for activities that are carried out on our behalf, by the structures and systems within the present organisation of society. If we disagree with these activities we can decide to take direct action to stop them, and can do so effectively in a non-violent way.

Luckily, many alternatives are already here. Learning and skill sharing are very important aspects of the Camp for Climate Action. They will happen informally and organically, but in an organised and accessible way too. During the week over a hundred workshops will take place, covering topics such as:

• Climate change impacts
• Biofuels
• Peak energy
• Transition towns
• Permaculture
• Practical renewable energy
• Strategy and skills for action


The camp will be organised in a neighbourhood system where people from different geographical areas or with similar interests come together. People from Nottingham will form the greater part of a regional neighbourhood, the ‘Eastside’.

The neighbourhood will be a physical area for people to live during the week: where we can pitch tents, socialise, network, learn, plan and so on. Within neighbourhoods we may aspire to live as self-sufficiently as possible and take care of our basic needs.

In order that a neighbourhood can facilitate these things, there are some simple infrastructural elements that need to be taken care of, for example a place for cooking and people to cook. Some elements of the camp’s infrastructures are also set up and maintained by groups made up of people from across the camp, making them more central.

The people who attend the camp make use of the resources and the structures, so it is important that we contribute – in a way that is appropriate to us.

Many different roles have already been worked out by people attending national climate camp gatherings. Some involve contributing to preparations for a secure site and begin long before the week; many other jobs can be taken on once people arrive on site (see for more details). Other tasks will not be dreamt of until the people participating in the camp identify them.

Think local

Neighbourhood planning takes place locally however, so anyone who is planning to go to the climate camp should consider which neighbourhood they would like to be a part of. If you think you will be staying with the Eastside neighbourhood, try to make it to a neighbourhood planning meeting. These meetings can serve purposes such as these;

- Gain a better understanding of what preparations are needed so that we can have physical structures such as marquees and kitchen equipment.

- Talking about tasks and jobs that are essential in running a neighbourhood and contributing to the overall running of the camp.

- Discuss different roles that can help us to have a cohesive, productive and friendly neighbourhood.

- Work out how tasks can be shared, so that lots of people do a little, rather that a few people left to do a lot.

- How to help people get involved in the running of their neighbourhood, and support them to feel happy and valued in making their contribution.

There are plenty of things for Eastsiders to sort out and think about in advance. Two neighbourhood gatherings have been arranged, on consecutive Wednesdays, the 18th & 25th July.

You might not have a great deal of time to do stuff before the camp, but attending these meetings is at least a way of getting to know other people who will be going to the camp for climate action. If you weren’t at last year’s camp, then coming to a meeting can also help you become familiar with aspects such as horizontal organisation and consensus decision-making, if you are not already familiar with these concepts, or have not seen them ‘in action’ before.

Everyone shares the responsibility of running a camp for climate action that has no leaders and no employees.

Get involved! We need to act now! It can be hard work, but at the same time most exciting. It’s about going out on a limb; working out a different route, if you believe, like so many ‘experts’ do, that the course we are on is leading us to trouble.

Nottingham/Eastside Neighbourhood gatherings:

Wednesday July 18th & 25th
The Art Organisation, 21 Station Street.


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Climate Camp welcome, say Heathrow villages

20.07.2007 20:04

Climate Camp welcome, say Heathrow villages

"I've lived here twenty years, and at fifty years of age I've got to say I'd given up. I've said to my wife, what will happen will happen. But tonight you lot have changed my bloody mind!"

Climate Camp tonight set out their stall at the Sipson Community Centre, only yards from the noise and the hell that is Heathrow. It was standing room only in a packed hall as activists, local organisers and their MP combined to receive a unanimous welcome.

They spoke with a common thread. Climate Camp was not about bringing violence nor aggression, Climate Camp was a community for whom the penny had dropped - they realised that the future of mankind depended on the decisions made by this generation.

You couldn't rely on government - nor the corporations they supported (loud cheers) and who profited from these activities. Climate Camp, said Leo Murray, had four objectives:

1) To confront the corporate profiteers
2) To compel the government to cancel the third runway and reduce capacity
3) To raise awareness that flying is the single most destructive thing you can do, and
4) To demonstrate that less is more, and that solutions lie in our own communities rather than in far off places in the world.

Unlikely whoops of joy greeted Penny, introduced as an activist who'd only recently superglued herself to the doors of

But the audience listened intently as Penny explained the principles of consensus that defined the camp, and how the camp set out to be an inclusive, safe and effective event. They were only too aware, she said of the recent events in Glasgow and the tensions this might bring to a gathering such as this next to Heathrow, but assured them that liasons had been set up between themselves, councils and police.

Slightly darker notes sounded as news emerged that the Forward Intelligence Teams had already been busy stirring it up on Sunday, as they harassed not only Departure Lounge - an art project working in Harmondsworth's old Tithe Barn - but villagers emerging from the adjoining 14th century church. Their justification? They knew there were some trouble makers about...

"I'm disgusted, seeing this, that I live in Britain" commented one person. " They should be ashamed of themselves".

All local police leave is cancelled for the duration it appears, the Met have defined this an "essential op. at Scotland Yard" and, much to the disgust of several in the audience, police are to be drafted in from all over London.

But never have I seen such co-operation between such unlikely communities.

"We don't want to feel like we're invading" say Climate Camp.

"But we're going home happy to see Climate Camp is here to help us" came the response.

Even the local MP, John McDonnell had a thing to say.

"As the local MP", he said, "I'm formally welcoming Climate Camp to my constituency.

"To be frank, they're going to put our campaign on the map in a way that some of us have tried - but not been able to."

Sure, there are those who will try and portray this as a negative and destructive affair, but the reality tonight was there to see. Disparate forces are finally uniting to create a movement that is going to be unstoppable.

The writing is on the wall for BAA, DfT, and climate criminals everywhere.

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