After being inspired into action by the fight against global climate chaos, the Scarborough Climate Action group have opened "Green Planet", a community resource centre for education, information and participation on the east coast of Yorkshire.
They aim to provide a central point for people in the local area to find out how they can make positive changes to their environment, as well as providing an autonomous space for people to use the internet, meet like-minded people and get directly involved with the newly burgeoning Scarborough activist networks.
In one of the best reports on the incident so far, Daithai asks some pertinent questions about the police raid involving more than 200 officers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and British Transport Police which saw 114 people arrested for conspiracy at the Iona School in Sneinton Nottingham shortly after midnight on Monday.Read more | 1 addition >>
Climate Rush tackled more climate criminals last week when the UK coal industry got together for their annual 'coal awards'. In a protest timed to coincide with the UK Coal hosted awards, around 15 climate activists paid a visit to their Doncaster headquarters, dressed in Edwardian style complete with red sashes with the words 'No New Coal' written across them. A banner reading 'Leave it in the Ground' was suspended across the entrance.
In London, the dirty coal pushers shied away from confrontation with the modern day climate suffregette movement, abandoning their booking at the plush Landmark Hotel and scuttling off to Lords cricket grounds instead. At the hotel, around a hundred activists rushed inside through a fire exit and began an alternative awards ceremony to highlight the ecological damage that the coal industry is inflicting on the environment. After being ejected from the hotel, a couple more attempts were made to gain entry and one arrest was made before the alternate awards continued outside. The Landmark hotel management were less than happy about the righteous fury brought down on them by the climate criminals promised not to accept bookings from such damaging industries again.
Coal represent 50% of the electricity production in the UK and its greatest contribution to CO2 emissions so the coal industry has seen increasing attention from activists in the UK (and beyond). Last month activists and local resident disrupted work at the Rosewell open-cast coal mine in Midlothian, operated by Scottish Coal , and another protest stopped work at UK Coal owned Shipley open cast coal mine in Derbyshire. In the US capitol on Monday, 2,500 protesters blockaded the gates of a coal fired power plant for almost five hours.
Campaigns : Climate Rush | Coal Action Edinburgh | No New Coal | Capitol Climate Action | Coal Caravan
Newswire reports : Coal Rush 1 | 2 | 3 | Doncaster 1 2 | Rosewell | Shipley | USA 1 2
Previous Climate Rush actions : 'climate suffragettes' smash gov windows | chained to parliament | Heathrow 1 2 | Manchester 1 2 | Parliament 1 2
We are in the middle of two crises, the climate crisis and the economic crisis. Although we we seem to treat them as separate, it can be argued that they are completely entangled. Tackling one without tackling the other is impossible and fruitless, but the connections are complex and shifting. To intervene effectively, we need to look carefully at how we think about time and change, and how we relate to markets and the state. But first, let's look at how the economic crisis arose and draw some link between this history and the problematics of climate politics.Other aspects of economic crisis: Leeds | Liverpool | Public services cuts | Evictions | Factory Occupations
Both Heathrow and Manchester airports were targeted Monday with the domestic departure lounges of both airports simultaneously occupied by protesters. In London over 500 people defied airport bylaws by staging a sit-down dinner forcing airport operator BAA to close 18 check-in desks. In Manchester police used powers under Section 14 of the Public Order Act to contain up to 100 protesters on the ground floor of Terminal 3 and there was one arrest.
The Climate Rush actions were timed to coincide with MPs return to the house of commons with the government expected to announce the decision on the Heathrows airport expansion during week. Meanwhile, Greenpeace revealed that a plot of land within the proposed expansion site had been purchased in an attempt to delay the construction.
Despite media speculation that the announcement would be delayed, by Wednesday nght the media were reporting that the expanision plans have been given the green light. After the official announcement on Thursday, 'climate suffragettes' smashed the windows of the Department of Transport and on Saturday 500 flash mobbed at Heathrows terminal 5.
Newswire Reports : Climate Rush Heathrow images, 12.01.09 | Heathrow Terminal One Climate Rush Picnic a success! | Northern Climate Rush at Manchester Airport | Northern Climate Rush Photos (video) | Protests against airport extension in Frankfurt | Why I renounce my vote | Suffra-jets smash windows
Campaign Links: Plane Stupid | Airport Watch | Climate Rush | T5Flashmob"> | HACAN ClearSkies | No Third Runway Action Group | Stop Heathrow Expansion | Campaign for Better Transport | Airport Pledge | Stop Bristol Airport ExpansionRead more | 4 additions | 5 comments >>
Today Bradford witnessed the unusual sight of a placard-waving polar bear. The placard, with the simple message; “You fly, I die”, was aimed at the selfish minority who continue to fly despite this being a major contributor to climate change – and the fastest rising source of carbon dioxide emissions in Western Europe.
The bear and his human friends visited a variety of travel agents in the city centre with a letter asking that the climate criminals stop destroying the Arctic. After that, he made his way to the Tomas Cook call centre on Godwin Street, where several local residents had erected a banner and were busy posting the windows with “You Fly, They Die” stickers.Read more | 1 comment >>
Actions against Drax Power Station started early on Thursday morning (31st of August) and continued all day, with the Drax perimeter being breached several times. Up to 600 campaigners against climate change participated in the Reclaim Power mass action. Four main blocs gathered at the centre of the Climate Camp before splitting off into different groups, with some heading towards Drax across fields to avoid police road blocks [Early report | Photos 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Videos 1 | 2 | Protestors Audio Interview]
Meanwhile, other smaller actions had already begun - just after 4.30am seven activists occupied a Drax lighting tower. Later nearby roads were blocked by different affinity groups and another Drax lighting tower was also occupied with a banner reading "No Future For You". More perimeter penetrations occured as more groups arrived at the fence to be met with police in riot gear, horses and dogs. The total number of arrests on the day's actions was 38 people, some of whom were violently attacked by police.
In the early hours of Friday 1st of September the actions around Drax continued. Reports came in of people attempting to breach the perimeter of the fence overnight. On the other hand, the Legal Team informed that all of the 38 people arested in yesterday's mass action were released throughout the day, some of which having spent about 28 hours in police custody. There was also one confirmed arrest that took place on Friday morning. Two more arrests took place on Saturday 2nd September near the field were the Climate Camp was taking place.
Reports: First reports | Police Prevent Essential Supplies From Reaching Activists | Police quotes | Searching for 'weapons' | Farmer attacks Drax Protesters with Tractor (including photos) | Kids Block at Climate Camp | Fireworks from inside Drax | On the Ground: Suicide farmers found in Yorkshire | Photographer arrested over 'weapon' near Drax | Police Obstruction of Media around Climate Camp and Drax | Police hipocrisy at Drax | 3 hour lock on shuts down machine inside Drax | Climate Camp site restored to how it was found | Personal Experience of the Camp | Operation HASH report back | Wellbeing@Climate Camp | Indymedia at the Camp for Climate Action 2006: Report & Personal View.
Mainstream press: List of articles | Radio 4 coverage [ 1 | 2 ] | Reuters inaccurancies on climate camp reporting.
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Climate Action News: Tues 29th August:
From 8am a group of nine climate change campaigners blockaded the front and back gates of Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station, sending out the message that nuclear power is not the solution to climate change. The blockade was in place for ten hours until the last person was cut out of the arm tubes they had locked themselves into to form the blockade. Police arrested a total of twenty people including non-blockading supporters and a freelance journalist.
[see Blockade Reports + Updates | Reclaim Power Press Release | Mobile Photos | More Photos + Report]
Climate Camp News:
The comprehensive programme of workshops continues at the camp, with sessions on practical steps individuals can make to reduce their impact upon the environment, across to debates about biofuels and carbon trading schemes. See Workshop Audio Interviews [1 | 2]
A Bicycology cycle caravan left en masse from the Climate Camp to establish a presence in nearby Selby town centre, holding bicycle maintenance workshops and promoting sustainable energy [Report and Pics | video].
During the day the police were allowed onto the site for a walking tour around the camp, as well as the fire brigade [see Reports + Pics]. Meanwhile in the evening people at the camp continued preparing for the day of mass action on thursday.
April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
Art and Activism Caravan 2006
Climate Camp 2006
French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
estrecho / madiaq
san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
process & imc docs
Drax defendants guilty
03-07-2009 10:56 | 1 addition | 10 comments
Drax29 - climate activists on trial
29-06-2009 14:16 | 1 addition | 5 comments
all-out for support: Mainshill Solidarity Camp eviction granted!
Drax 29 trial starts Monday 10am - Leeds
28-06-2009 18:31 | 1 comment
Airport expansion halted!
27-06-2009 19:48 | 2 comments
Indymedia, Climate Camp, Veggies at Glastonbury
21-06-2009 20:21 | 2 comments
Oakwood residents campaign againts Tesco expansion
02-06-2009 19:50 | 7 comments
No to New Coal in the North East
29-05-2009 09:39 | 2 comments
Bike Week Event in Bradford - Saturday 13th June
26-05-2009 18:42 | 1 comment
A weekend of big green happenings.
Activists deflate tyres of 100 4x4s in Manchester area
23-05-2009 11:51 | 14 comments
Age of Stupid Indie Screening Bradford 22nd May
18-05-2009 11:22 | 1 comment
Spoof stickers against rising fares on Leeds Buses.
06-05-2009 15:46 | 10 comments
The Coal caravan has arrived in West Yorkshire!
29-04-2009 16:23 | 3 comments
Climate Rush locked on in HoC
Coal Caravan - Latest
26-04-2009 21:45 | 2 comments
Event: Acting on Climate Change
Critical Mass! Nottingham pictures...
24-04-2009 19:41 | 9 comments
Scarborough Climate Action Network opens community resource centre.
DIY newspaper hits the streets of Leeds
Climate Action is Not Stupid
21-04-2009 15:36 | 1 comment
fossil fools day at tate britain
17-04-2009 22:15 | 2 comments
Dissident Island Radio Show - Tonight!! 9pm
Greenwash Alert - Guardian Climate Change Summit
A Conspiracy too far?
16-04-2009 14:46 | 10 comments
Solidarity for the Coal Conspiracy 114
16-04-2009 13:33 | 10 comments
Mobile phone pics Militant Workers & G20Meltdown bloc
28-03-2009 12:49 | 3 additions | 1 comment
Mobile phone pics, start of Put People First G20 demo, midday, 28 March 09
28-03-2009 12:15 | 5 additions
G20 Map - Squaring Up to the Square Mile - Easily printable versions
28-03-2009 02:30 | 1 comment
Report into police tactics at Kingsnorth climate change protest released
13-03-2009 13:25 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Update on Shell's plans in Mayo, Ireland & how you can help
Climate suffragettes rush annual coal industry awards
27-02-2009 14:09 | 1 comment
Leeds Earth First! Meeting
Climate Change is too important to be left to the polititians
21-02-2009 18:41 | 1 comment
I’ll Get Arrested to Stop the Burning of Coal
nuke mark lynas
20-02-2009 22:53 | 2 comments
Stop LeedsBradford Airport Expansion
Cold-hearted cops arrest grandfather for writing in the snow
18-02-2009 18:18 | 2 comments
Climate Action: Too Important for the Politicians
Shell to Sea Visit Leeds: Part 2 - Lessons to Learn from Rossport
Activism & Social Change Seminars @ University of Leeds
30-01-2009 23:35 | 3 comments
Copenhagen Climate Summit:do we cheer them on, block them in or close them down?
29-01-2009 13:33 | 2 additions
Council payout to 'green' consultancy revealed
Northern Climate Rush at Manchester Airport
13-01-2009 14:12 | 2 additions | 1 comment
No new Coal in Leeds
08-01-2009 19:06 | 3 comments
Invitation to the Northern Climate Rush - Jan 12
Stop the new Leeds Opencast.
14-12-2008 18:13 | 1 comment
Bangladeshi Textile Workers Speak in Leeds
23rd November issue of Manchester Climate Fortnightly out
Chomsky@80 tickets now available
I Bike MCR Mini Festival.
Urgent: Solitaire Ship Arrived: Hunger Strike Begins
09-09-2008 20:39 | 1 addition
Turning parking into parks... reappropriating urban space for people
YANC Launch - 10th September in Leeds
Urgent Call For Actions Against Shell & Allseas
Former NUM Yorkshire Area Executive member's Climate Camp Report
18-08-2008 19:20 | 1 addition | 16 comments
Urgent Call Out: Mayo Needs You! Now Is The Time
12-08-2008 18:54 | 1 comment
Cops are full of shit
07-08-2008 20:49 | 1 comment
Bardon Aggregates hit again!
05-08-2008 13:27 | 3 comments
Actions against; urban sprawl, grouse shoot & fur
30-07-2008 00:26 | 1 comment
Community halts illegal work on Special Area of Conservation, Ireland- pls help!
24-07-2008 12:52 | 1 addition
Pre-Climate Camp street medic training!
01-07-2008 18:24 | 5 comments
photos of coal train eviction
13-06-2008 19:18 | 1 comment
McDonalds redecorated for Sean Kirtley & UCLA van torched
Pictures from Drax train action
13-06-2008 12:19 | 3 additions | 8 comments
Climate protest halts coal train
13-06-2008 09:16 | 1 addition
Reminder: Noise demo at UK Coal HQ next Monday 9th June
RBS Banner Protest in York
01-05-2008 13:12 | 4 comments
1 may Day of Climate Action
22-04-2008 20:52 | 1 addition | 13 comments
The Transition City Leeds workshop: 19th April
Stop Grouse Shooting on Ilkley Moor - Before it starts
09-04-2008 18:35 | 2 comments
Hull activists successfully complete Fossil Fools Day action
02-04-2008 11:57 | 1 comment
Flood Victims blockade Government Office in Leeds
29-02-2008 15:21 | 2 comments
A Climate Camp visits the Government Office in Leeds
29-02-2008 09:44 | 1 comment
Tree Protest in Leeds Shows Who the Police Back
22-02-2008 13:24 | 2 comments
Sabbotage against Glensanda Quarry Expansion
22-02-2008 11:53 | 1 comment
Second Action Central Meeting in Leeds: March 16th
XL airways court case results
Tour for Climate Action launch gathering next week
11-01-2008 21:04 | 1 comment
Prosecution Collapses in Superglue Penny Trial
10-01-2008 11:08 | 9 comments
Fossil Fools Day, April 1st 2008
17-12-2007 14:56 | 4 comments
Peakfood in the Yorkshire Post
I Bike MCR October 2007
Leeds Animal Day, Sunday 7th October!
Shell to Hell, Leeds Banner Hang
Tara Video action
12-09-2007 22:45 | 1 comment
Finningley Airport Climate Camp, Update and Photos
04-09-2007 12:47 | 2 additions | 1 comment
Yorkshire Development Agency given a lesson about flooding
Bridgepoint Capital (owners of Leeds airport) Offices in London Disrupted
20-08-2007 09:12 | 1 addition | 2 comments
Kevin & Co Slaughterhouse Closes Down
11-07-2007 13:54 | 1 addition | 2 comments
German G8 Infotour does 1 in 12 Club Tonight
04-07-2007 22:30 | 1 comment
Wet and wild, a taste of things to come.
27-06-2007 13:11 | 5 comments
The year of Aviation
07-06-2007 22:42 | 2 comments
Climate Chaos Cafe Weds May 23rd 7pm
Leeds Bradford Airport Gets The Glue Treatment
18-05-2007 07:46 | 1 addition | 3 comments
Leeds Bradford airport new owner/to expand...
Climate Chaos Cafe in Leeds
Reclaim Power - 15min film version online
24-04-2007 22:44 | 1 comment
Climate Chaos Cafe
Polar bear asks the Bradford climate criminals to stop.
31-03-2007 13:25 | 20 comments
I bike MCR bicycle festival and exhibition
Grrrl bicycle ride
documentary: Reclaim Power - voices from the camp for climate action 2006
03-03-2007 18:18 | 1 comment
Why Not Car Share
23-02-2007 13:37 | 3 comments
Bradford Climate Criminals Reproached
Next national climate camp organsing gathering Feb 17/18 in Leeds
06-02-2007 09:59 | 9 comments
PIA Beagle Death Flights
04-02-2007 21:40 | 1 comment
Climate Change Awareness
Next Yorkshire Climate Camp meeting - Weds Jan 17th 7pm (food at 6pm)
16-01-2007 19:15 | 2 comments
Camp for Climate Action 'next steps' gethering Jan 13th/14th, Leeds
York Critical Mass Report
Manchester Bicycle Exhibition
Invitation:building support for action against climate change
06-12-2006 00:05 | 1 addition | 2 comments
Another Critical Mass success
Climate Action - What Next? Meeting in Leeds Dec 6th
Critical Mass Cyclists Arrested (Leeds)
24-11-2006 21:49 | 1 addition | 7 comments