A1. Two Penguins – Back & White & Well-Read All Over
A2. Location Map
B1. Subvertising the Canadian Flag
B2. Dirty Oil-ympics Banner
B3. The Filthy Dirty Oil-ympic Torch
B4. Oil Bank of Scotland Competitor
B5. Canada House Attracts Protesting Penguins
B6. Get Your Dirty Sponsorship Off Our Art!
B8. Street Curling – Sans Ice & Stones
B9. Penguins Confer on Shutting Down the Tar Sands
C1. Team Shell Celebrate Victory as Canadian PM Stephen Harper Scarpers
C2. Big Budget Olympic Launch Lampooned by Lo-Fi Oil-ympic Subversion
• Tar Sands Oil-ympics – 1, 2, 3, etc.
» LINKs to follow shortly in a comment below, once editing and uploading is complete
If the Great COP-15 Cop-Out in Copenhagen in December 2009 was a disaster for the false corporate "green" capitalist solutions to our catastrophic climate chaos crisis, then it could well turn out to be a victory for everybody else – in that it was a founding moment for the globalisation of a powerful Climate Justice International movement. In a similar way to the manner in which the anti-WTO Seattle protests of 1999 catalysed the blossoming of anti-capitalist social movements the world over, so too the convergence of those movements with climate change activists in Copenhagen is catalysing the blooming of a Climate Justice International, reflected is initiatives like the Climate Justice Action network, and the forthcoming "Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights" in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in mid-April 2010.
Of the video activist coverage of the Copenhagen days I've seen , by far the most powerful was the protest led by our First Nations sisters and brothers outside the Canadian embassy. Who could listen to the anguish and anger of mother and daughter Susan and Eriel Deranger and NOT be moved to solidarity action? If Shell's Corrib gas climate crimes next door in Ireland demand solidarity actions on the street of London , how much more does the biggest single industrial climate crime on Earth demand we demonstrate our solidarity with Albertan (and global) ecology and the Chipewyan people?
After a very well attended 'Film Night and Action Planning Meeting' at the end of January, London Rising Tide most effectively turned concern into consequences, with the staging of the The Canadian Tar Sands Oil-ympics and the founding of the London Tar Sands Network group. Among the official, state-funded hullabaloo celebrating the opening day of the Canadian Winter Olympics, we had teams representing the biggest British climate criminals in the obscene oil-rush to the tar sands – BP, Shell, and RBS (the Oil bank of Scotland) – competing in reality-puncturing sporting events. With eco-sound from Bicycology, we lampooned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's craven welcome to foreign oil corporations to f*ck up Canada's native lands and peoples for a fast buck.
If 'Tar Sands' means little to you, take a listen to Jess Worth, of the UK Tar Sands Network, telling it like it is after the awards ceremony:
• Tar Sands Oil-ymics - Jess Worth Interview
» LINK to follow shortly in a comment below, once editing and uploading is complete
The Great COP-15 Cop-Out demonstrated the practical bankruptcy of the global capitalist class, a house divided amongst itself by national borders and competing power blocs, in even attempting to address our our catastrophic climate chaos crisis. So for a liveable world, we need to sweep aside these barriers to real solutions – national borders and the capitalist ruling elites who maintain them – into the dustbin of history where they belong. To do so, we need to make ourselves ungovernable by the bosses' representative democracy, because we are supplanting their class dictatorship with our own direct democracy – exercised through People's Assemblies.
To that end...
• Climate Camp UK have initiated an informal People's Assemblies working group; while
• the Election Meltdown collective are actively planning to convene a People's Assembly on May Day, Saturday 01 May 2010, in Parliament Square, after four or more May Day Carnival Parades converge there.
Climate Camp UK
» website – http://www.climatecamp.org.uk
» Facebook group – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=288264051071
» Activists Group email list – http://groups.google.com/group/election-meltdown-activists-group
» Free Forums, including group Calendar – http://electionmeltdown.freeforums.org – please visit and 'Register'
• Public website(s)
• Election Meltdown - Announce Service email list
• Custom Mayday Carnival Parades Google Map
• Twitter feed
» UK RT website – http://risingtide.org.uk
» London RT website – http://www.londonrisingtide.org.uk
• Tar Sands in Focus
» blog – http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com
• The Indigenous Environmental Network – Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
» website – http://www.ienearth.org/cits.html
Climate Justice Action
» website – http://www.climate-justice-action.org
Election Meltdown Mobilisation gathering #3
• EMM#3.1 – Saturday 27 February 2010, 15:00-18:00
• EMM#3.2 – Sunday 28 February 2010, 15:00-19:00
• Downstairs at The Foundry, Old Street tube (exit 3), 84-86 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL
» Location: Map / Street View – http://tinyurl.com/Foundry-SVmap
» Phone Contact: 07 854 390 408
» Queries: email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fossil Fool's Day – Pull a Prank that Packs a Punch!
• WHEN: Thursday 01 April, 2010
• WHERE: Your Town, Planet Earth
• WHAT: Actions, Jokes and Pranks Galore to Stop the Fossil Fools
» website – http://www.fossilfoolsdayofaction.org
» Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=445447160709
BP Fortnight of Shame
• Thursday 01 – Thursday 15 April, 2010
• Look out for further details from Rising Tide and others
PWCCC – Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights
• Monday 19 – Thursday 22 April 2010
• Cochabamba, Bolivia
» website – http://pwccc.wordpress.com
• 'The Tar Sands Oil-ympics comes to London'
» pic & report – http://risingtide.org.uk/node/334
• 'OIL-YMPICS COME TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE'
» pic & report – http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/oil-ympics-come-to-trafalgar-square/
• 'Canadian Tar Sands Oily-Olympics', pix by Peter Marshall
» page of pix – http://www.demotix.com/news/249024/canadian-tar-sands-oily-olympics
» 4 pages of pix – http://mylondondiary.co.uk/2010/02/feb13-01.htm
• 'Campaign on tar sands extraction targets oil investors'
» pic & report – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8527853.stm
My apologies for the delay in my reporting on this event, but I have been tied up with creating communications infrastructure for the Election Meltdown collective, and promoting EM plans for a People's Assembly in Parliament Square, London on May Day, Saturday 01 May 2010, at the Climate Camp National Gathering in Bristol last weekend.
Up the Revolution,
Tim Dalinian Jones
 Video activist coverage of the Copenhagen days I've seen:
• Shaun Dey, rough-cut screening at Reel News evening, the Foundry, London; final cut in post-production
» website – http://www.reelnews.co.uk
• Copenhagen Canadian Embassy Protest – 'Athabasca to Copenhagen' by Allan Lissner
» streaming video, 3:49 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2vfa6qwKgw
• The 'Reclaim Power' Peoples Assembly at COP15 in Copenhagen
» streaming video, 29:55 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3wS3sQZfVg
 Shell's Corrib gas climate crimes next door in Ireland demand solidarity actions on the street of London:
• Past: Pix of Rossport Solidarity Action in London, UK, Mon 15 Sep 08
» illustrated action report – http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/09/408882.html
• Future: see 'Shell to Sea':
» website – http://www.shelltosea.com
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