Climate Change isn’t just going to disappear – and
neither are we. The Camp for Climate Action was a
turning point, but it was never going to be enough in
itself. Come and take the next steps forward at the
upcoming UK-wide meeting in Manchester from October
14th to 15th and be part of a newly energised movement
in the fight against climate chaos. Everybody is
welcome, whether you came to the Camp or not.
(MERCI), Bridge-5 Mill, Ancoats, Manchester. Please
see the end of this email for full details.
The Camp was an amazing success but is now £4000 in
debt, so please donate if you can. Go to
www.climatecamp.org.uk to get details to donate.
Packed with workshops and debates, the Camp was a
space to pool knowledge, ideas and inspiration to
tackle the greatest threat to life on Earth. Under
the shadow of 12 huge cooling towers we converged to
take action on the biggest CO2 emitter in
northern Europe: Drax power station.
As Drax shareholders rake in the profits, the rest of
us tremble as we wake up to the effects of the 21
million tones of carbon released by Drax each year. If
we carry on at this rate in the next few years we will
have emitted enough C02 to cross the dreaded 2-degree
temperature threshold. Predictions at this point
include the Greenland ice sheet collapsing and sea
levels rising, water shortages in many parts of the
world, the extinction of the polar bear, and most
worrying of all, runaway climate chaos.
The Climate Camp was a direct challenge to climate
criminals, and on Thursday 31st September hundreds of
people converged to take action on Drax. From
a colourful kids demo blocking the main gates, to
small teams of people locking themselves to machinery
inside the fence, the intent was clear: Drax must
shut now! For one day this was not business as usual.
It is time to push aside the big money makers of the
world and make space for a future where the needs of
people and the planet come first, a future where we
take collective responsibility for the effect we have
on the environment. The Camp was a space to start
living in sustainable ways. From a bicycle library to
solar energy and locally-sourced food, the carbon
footprint of the camp was minimal. It was
organised through 'neighbourhood assembles' (directly
democratic systems to ensure that everyone's voice was
heard equally), and decisions were taken by consensus.
The Manchester gathering will be organised on similar
Thanks to every one who helped to make the Camp a
success. It was just the beginning…together we can
make the change!
For more infomation go to www.climatecamp.org.uk
Read about the Climate Camp (or add your own
report) on Indymedia
Rising Tide North America is calling for 2 days of
action on October 3-4, 2006, to coincide with the G8 +
5 Climate Summit in Mexico City, which is set to
enshrine yet more oil and gas
Plane Stupid is calling for a day of action against
short haul flights and short haul operators of
November 6th, during the UN International climate
talks in Nairobi. The day of action is two days after
the mass event for climate action in London on
November 4th, organised by Stop Climate Chaos and the
Campaign Against Climate Change. www.planestupid.com
The venue for the gathering is fully accessible. There
will be accommodation and vegan meals available, and
everyone is asked to make a donation of about ten
pounds per day. There will also be a ‘travel pool’ to
help even out travel costs and a celebratory meal on
the Saturday night, followed by a party on the Sunday
night. Please bring a sleeping bag, although some
beds are available for those who need them. If you
plan to come please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Also let them
know if you have any diet, access or crèche needs.
The deadline for agenda items for the weekend meeting
is 6th October. Please send them to
Please help to spread the word! A PDF fyler and poster to advertise the gathering
is available to down load from the website www.climatecamp.org.uk
The article is now published here:
Have a look if you wish. It addresses some issues that may be worth to take into account in some of the discussions at the Manchester follow up meeting.