Veggie Pride UK will be a fantastic fun-filled festival and carnival procession, celebrating and promoting compassionate, healthy, eco-friendly vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Taking place in Birmingham City Centre on Saturday 16 May 2009. It`s the first event of it`s kind in the UK!
Transport is being arranged from the Leeds/Bradford area as well as from other locations from around the country.There`s only 5 weeks to go, so get your coach seats booked soon! See also their Urgent Appeal for Funds.Read more | 1 comment >>
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
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 >>
It seems there are not often victories to celebrate so it's strange when they occur seemingly unnoticed. That's exactly what's happened regarding the news that the chemicals giant, BASF have abandoned plans for a GM potato trial in Yorkshire this year, despite government consent.
Back in April there was an action in Hedon near Hull [1 | 2 ] to demonstrate public opposition to the first GM trials in the UK proposed in three years. Taking action before the trial began, the protesters planted their own organic spuds in what they thought was the field earmarked for the GM variety [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6]. The aim was to invalidate the experiment before it was even started and while it turned out that they had picked the wrong field they did successful demonstrate that public opposition to GM crops is as strong and militant as ever [audio | video].
The planting of the other trial, located in Cambridge [1 | 2], went ahead despite local opposition and protests but campaigners say that it's not too late to drive home the message that "there is still no future for GM in the UK".Read more | 1 addition | 1 comment >>
This month a controversial experimental genetically modified potato crop is due to be planted in the UK by the German chemical giant BASF (offshoot of the infamous AG Farben). DEFRA initially gave approval in December for BASF to undertake trials at two sites, one in Cambridgeshire (at the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany) and the other initially in Derbyshire - until the farmer pulled out.
The trials are the first GM crops to enter British soil in nearly 3 years, after public opposition forced a u-turn in government and corporate plans for patented crops. Although presented as an R&D trial into the effectiveness of an anti blight gene, they are widely considered to be trial of public opinion.
On 14th April in Cambridge a protest walk took place [photos 1, 2]. This was followed on the 21st by a rally in Hull. This event ended with the proposed trial being effectively sabotaged even before it had began when over a hundred people entered the site and planted several varieties of seed potatoes in the field making it impossible for a scientifically valid trial to take place there.Read more | 1 addition | 6 comments >>
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.
An office occupation of a Marshalls PLC building took place on Thursday 25th March in Elland, West Yorkshire, as a group of up to 25 activists from Yorkshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and Lancashire decided to ram home the message that corporate exploitation and destruction of our woodlands will not go unchallenged (see photos). The following day people also blockaded and occupied a Marshalls depot in Mansfield Woodhouse.
Marshalls is a huge multinational company specialising in landscape and construction materials, especially stone. Marshalls is a particularly 'hot' target at the moment as its subsidiary Stancliffe Stone is behind the plan to quarry the hillside below Stanton Moor, right next to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. This insidious plan to quarry a place of rare natural beauty in the middle of the Peak District National Park has been up to now unsuccessful due to the fight put up by the people at the Nine Ladies protest camp. Marshalls however has recently stepped up the pressure to evict the camp and go ahead with the quarrying despite objections from a whole range of actors. Read Latest Camp Update including photos (27/03/04)
Sherwood Tree Camp: Possible Eviction Alert (week beginning 29/03/04), despite a 30 day "safe period", during which an independant survey is being conducted - read campaign report update.
A new tree occupation started on Thursday 25th March against the proposed F5 road scheme, planned for the A1159 Priory Crescent north, Southend on Sea, Essex. Meanwhile Bilston Glen Protest Site has a Free Cafe on Saturday 4th April
Against the Death Culture, Rebellion Grows!
An afternoon of films, talks and discussion on the struggles taking place in West Papua, Bouganville and other areas in the Pacific.
Sunday 28th March at the Wrangthorne Community Hall, St Augustine's Church, Leeds- 4.30 pm onwards. Accesible venue, kids welcome.
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
Drax29 - climate activists on trial
29-06-2009 14:16 | 3 comments
all-out for support: Mainshill Solidarity Camp eviction granted!
Oakwood residents campaign againts Tesco expansion
02-06-2009 19:50 | 7 comments
Activists deflate tyres of 100 4x4s in Manchester area
23-05-2009 11:51 | 14 comments
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
Coal Caravan - Latest
26-04-2009 21:45 | 2 comments
Critical Mass! Nottingham pictures...
24-04-2009 19:41 | 9 comments
Scarborough Climate Action Network opens community resource centre.
Climate Action is Not Stupid
21-04-2009 15:36 | 1 comment
Return of the Luddites
Greenwash Alert - Guardian Climate Change Summit
G20 Map - Squaring Up to the Square Mile - Easily printable versions
28-03-2009 02:30 | 1 comment
Update on Shell's plans in Mayo, Ireland & how you can help
'Great' British Circus, next stop, Scunthorpe FC
02-03-2009 18:04 | 3 comments
Climate suffragettes rush annual coal industry awards
27-02-2009 14:09 | 1 comment
Leeds Earth First! Meeting
I’ll Get Arrested to Stop the Burning of Coal
nuke mark lynas
20-02-2009 22:53 | 2 comments
Direct Action; UK, Netherlands, Czech, Italy & Mexico
Grow Sheffield Audio: Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association
Shell to Sea Visit Leeds: Part 2 - Lessons to Learn from Rossport
Direct Action; UK, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy & Netherlands
Northern Climate Rush at Manchester Airport
13-01-2009 14:12 | 2 additions | 1 comment
Film Showing in Bradford Monday 22nd December - Rubber Jungle
23rd November issue of Manchester Climate Fortnightly out
Direct Action; Mexico, Colombia, Italy, Spain, UK & USA
Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser speaks of his battle with GMO giant Monsanto
30-10-2008 12:48 | 1 addition | 1 comment
What would GM crops mean for Britain? Percy Schmeiser UK tour.
Direct Action; Belgium, Spain, USA, Mexico, UK & Ireland
24 hens freed, barclays, butcher & shops targeted
Direct Action; Mexico, UK, USA, Switzerland & Sweden
Direct Action; New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, UK, Sweden & Italy
06-10-2008 12:30 | 1 comment
Demo At Ilkley Council Surgery Against Grouse Shoot
04-10-2008 13:09 | 1 comment
Ilkley Shoot Demo - This Saturday
Hunt Sabs Breach Security at Bradford Council Offices
24-09-2008 17:39 | 1 addition | 8 comments
Urgent: Solitaire Ship Arrived: Hunger Strike Begins
09-09-2008 20:39 | 1 addition
Direct Action; UK, USA, Spain, Mexico
08-09-2008 16:11 | 1 comment
Ilkley Moor Campaign - Update & Demo Date
Grouse Shoots Sabbed in the Holme Valley
31-08-2008 15:03 | 4 comments
Activists Demo Council Over Ilkley Grouse Shoot Plans
31-08-2008 14:53 | 3 comments
Urgent Call For Actions Against Shell & Allseas
Bradford Council Demo - 29th August '08
When is a bloodsport not a bloodsport? When it's a grouse shoot!
14-08-2008 16:00 | 1 comment
Bradford Council Exposed - Corruption & Favouritism over Grouse Shoot Plans
13-08-2008 13:20 | 4 comments
Short audio - Bodge House eviction
Bardon Aggregates hit again!
05-08-2008 13:27 | 3 comments
Foie Gras restaurants in Leeds
01-08-2008 11:57 | 1 comment
Actions against; urban sprawl, grouse shoot & fur
30-07-2008 00:26 | 1 comment
Ilkley Shoot Postponed 'til 2010 - Keep the Pressure On
Direct Action; UK, Mexico, Finland & Sweden
26-07-2008 16:09 | 9 comments
Direct Action; UK, USA, Spain & Mexico
22-07-2008 15:55 | 1 comment
Traps & Enclosures Sabotaged - Ilkley Moor
18-07-2008 17:32 | 1 comment
Ilkley Moor Grouse Shoot - Update & Action Alert
Charles River, fur & the Ilkley moor shoot targeted
05-07-2008 19:06 | 1 comment
Shell to Sea Benefit Gig - Sat 5th July @ the Common Place
02-07-2008 09:16 | 1 addition | 1 comment
English Nature - Backing Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor
01-07-2008 16:03 | 1 comment
West Yorkshire Hunt Sabs Launched
latest news from coal train action
15-06-2008 23:09 | 1 comment
McDonalds redecorated for Sean Kirtley & UCLA van torched
Direct Action; UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Mexico & Ireland
Call for submissions against Shell pipeline- DEADLINE WED 25th JUNE
Direct Action: UK, USA & Sweden
Douzens of Direct Actions in 3 Days
14-05-2008 15:54 | 1 addition | 1 comment
ALF, ARM & Countryside Resistance
The Transition City Leeds workshop: 19th April
Stop Grouse Shooting on Ilkley Moor - Before it starts
09-04-2008 18:35 | 2 comments
Action against; vivisection, hunting, fishing and leather
07-04-2008 19:49 | 22 comments
Four seal hunters drown after boat capsizes
29-03-2008 15:06 | 18 comments
Keith Mann in Wakefield (Sat. 22nd March)
14-03-2008 21:49 | 3 comments
World Day for lab animals,Oxford (April 19th)
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
DC Protest For Sea Shepherd Hostages Video
Sea Shepherd Hostages Return Back to Steve Irwin
18-01-2008 19:32 | 1 addition
NYC Protest for Sea Shepherd Hostages
17-01-2008 20:38 | 1 comment
Whalers Hands Activists Over To Australia's Ship
17-01-2008 19:00 | 1 comment
Sea Shepherd demo, Barcelona
17-01-2008 17:23 | 2 comments
URGENT - protestors held hostage by Japanese wailing ship
15-01-2008 15:51 | 1 addition
Fossil Fools Day, April 1st 2008
17-12-2007 14:56 | 4 comments
Peakfood in the Yorkshire Post
Activists target Boar restaurants and farms - South Lakeland
24-11-2007 18:21 | 5 comments
New 10-minute film on Shell in Mayo, Policing The Pollution
13-11-2007 01:19 | 1 comment
Castleford Tigers Support Circus Mondeo Animal Abuse
Shell to Hell, Leeds Banner Hang
Solidarity demos with Iceland in North East England
Leeds Animal Day extravaganza!
21-08-2007 19:52 | 1 comment
Arrested! anti-GM protest pics
01-07-2007 22:32 | 5 comments
GM Victory! Hull down! One more pota't'go!
Video - You Plant, We Dig
07-05-2007 10:32 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Leeds Bradford airport new owner/to expand...
M1 widening to cost £21m per mile
06-05-2007 21:45 | 2 comments
Hull, rally and protest against GM trials, 21st April 2007
25-04-2007 09:20 | 3 comments
Statement from Mutatoes.org and campaigners against Hull’s GM potato trials
24-04-2007 23:58 | 16 comments
Mutatoes Rally - GM Spuds-U-Hate
Protestors plant GM trial site with organic potatoes. (press release)
22-04-2007 18:09 | 2 comments
Non GM Potatoes planted at Hedon test site
21-04-2007 14:24 | 3 additions | 7 comments
The Mutatoes Are Coming !!!
Cambridge GM Crop Trial Location Published
16-04-2007 12:13 | 4 comments
Climate Chaos Cafe
GM Crop Trials - Protest
I bike MCR bicycle festival and exhibition
Grrrl bicycle ride
Weekend of eco practical workshops Common Place 28-29 April
Manchester Bicycle Exhibition
documentary: Reclaim Power - voices from the camp for climate action 2006
03-03-2007 18:18 | 1 comment
Critical Mass and Fundraising Gig This Friday
Leeds Critical Mass a success
Bloody report from Ballinaboy/ Rossport, Ireland
19-01-2007 15:13 | 2 comments
Manchester Bicycle Exhibition
LBIA & Vivisection Exports
01-01-2007 21:47 | 26 comments
Sabotaged promised as government test public resolve on GM
01-12-2006 12:57 | 1 addition | 3 comments
Victory! Deer Cull Refused Permission
15-11-2006 19:47 | 3 comments
Stop the Kirkstall Deer Cull
12-11-2006 18:47 | 14 comments
Shell Protest in Newcastle only one arrest!
10-11-2006 12:58 | 4 comments
Leeds Council may want to kill urban deer !
09-11-2006 19:47 | 4 comments