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Last week (see SchNEWS 753) we covered the protests against the sell-off of the Forest of Dean. But the implications of the Public Bodies Bill for the Forestry Commission go a lot further than that. Essentially the Tory’s are planning (in time-honoured fashion) to flog off the family silver and privatise forests up and down the country. The sale is intended to raise £2bn - less than half of one years tax avoidance by Vodafone.
In SchNEWS:SchNEWS 753
Over 3,000 anti-nuclear protesters took part in the blockading of a shipment of nuclear waste into north-western Germany this week. After activists and local communities spent four days blocking them at every turn, the toxic containers finally arrived at their Gorleben destination on Tuesday (2nd).
In response to America's largest ever environmental disaster, Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, said, “I'd like my life back.” He seemed to have forgotten about the 11 workers who died on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig when it exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, on 20th April 2010.
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This Saturday (15th) people will be protesting at various places around central London to give the new 'stable, national interest' coalition a warm welcome.
SchNEWS gives a round-up of all the events taking place over the weekend to get your action-hungry teeth stuck into.
This time last year, few people in the UK had even heard of the Alberta Tar Sands. Now they are moving rapidly up the public agenda, thanks largely to a growing grassroots campaign of resistance and international solidarity. The latest example of this has been the national “Fortnight of Shame” (April 1st- 15th 2010) to oppose BP's planned involvement in the tar sands, which came to a head on Saturday 10th with protests in London, Oxford, Brighton and Cambridge, including a Party at the Pumps in Sheperds Bush, and which culminated on Thursday 15th April with the BP + Tar Sands = Climate Crime protest outside the BP Shareholders AGM at the ExCel Conference Centre.
IMC UK: Tar Sands Topic
As the politicians and protesters disperse from Copenhagen , the COP15 climate talks were judged to have ended in a failure to produce any binding commitment to tackle climate change. On Saturday 12th, an estimated 100 000 joined a demo, to be met with repressive policing and mass arrests. The same style of policing continued for the duration of the summit, with hundreds of protestors detained for hours in degrading and inhumane conditions. Whilst the police demonstrated the limits of freedom and democracy on the streets, inside the convention centre western powers and corporations dominated the proceedings, imposing unfair conditions and watering down the already inadequate proposals that were on the table.
In London, the Climate Camp which was set up after the 'wave' demo on December 5th, remained in situ in Trafalgar Square throughout the summit, mounting a number of actions, including an action against Tar Sands at Canada House on Monday 14th, and a protest against the Danish police on Thursday 17th.
Climate Rush activists gathered outside RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), Thursday 5th March to protest the incredible multi million pound pay out to Fred (the shred) Goodwin, former RBS Chief Executive, and more importantly, the banks continuing role in funding the climate changing industries of coal, gas and oil. Posting the largest losses in British corporate history, RBS lost £24.1 billion in 2008 and has since had billions of pounds of taxpayers' money pumped into it. Already the largest bailout to date, the government has agreed to inject a further £13 billion on top of the £20 billion already given, and to make a further £6 billion available. While the tax payer now owns at least 70% of its shares, the bank continues to operate as a private company,
On the same day as the Climate Rush demo outside RBS, the Bank of England reduced the base interest rate to 0.5% and announced the printing of £100 billion pounds of new cash to inject into the stalled economy. Next month, the G20 leaders (G22 to be more precise) will arrive in London to discuss further ways to get the poor to bail out the rich. Various groups are mobilizing to protest against the summit which the police are co-promoting as part of a 'summer of rage'.
The G20 Meltdown group say they're going to reclaim the City, 'thrusting into the very belly of the beast', with a four pronged assault on the Bank of England at noon on 1st April. That afternoon, as part of a series of actions leading up to the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen, the Camp for Climate Action aim to expose how the discredited market mechanisms are being sold as a solution to climate change and are planning a climate camp in the city close the the Carbon Trading Exchange.
Links : Climate Rush target RBS Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | LCAP occupies RBS | Quantitive Easing | Corporate Undead | Image From The Future | Bristol Dissent g20 Call Out | Climate Camp hits the city | Press Complaint over G20 article | RBS boss pension | Arrogance of Capitalism | Environmental silver lining? | Climate chaos meets economic chaos | Bash a Billionaire | Doubt of global financial crisis? | Origins of the Credit Crunch | Summer of rage? | Demand for energy falling | Climate Crimes Delayed | Dissident Island Economic Special | "Pro-Capitalist" Mobilisation Video
Mass harrassment, terror tactics, theft, lies and propaganda, excessive force: the relentless campaign of intimidation by police at this years Climate Camp that started with raiding the camp and confiscating essential equipment, has also now included the premeditated political use of blanket stop and search, night-time terrorising of the climate camp site, confiscating pushbikes, blockading food supplies, and harrassment of media and legal observers.
Late Tuesday night/very early Wednesday morning police attempted to terrorise the camp with a low-flying helicopter and by storming the gates with sirens blaring and riot cops shouting. The same night police cut locks and took away bikes after telling people to leave their bikes in the car park. From the beginning the police used excessive force against climate campers (photos) including women, children and legal observers. See newswire post on police bullying.
Over the weekend of 3-4 Feb 2007, actions up and down the country and beyond targeted dangerous 'greenwash' being desperately pushed by corporations and politicians. The actions came in the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Friday, which warned of world temperature rises of over 6C by the end of the century. The report indicated that a 4 degree rise would mean a 10% loss in global food production due to draught, flooding, water shortages. While the world slowly wakes up to the magnitude of climate chaos, Shell and Exxon Mobil last week announced record breaking profits. With the figures laid out so clearly, the nauseating hypocrisy spouted by corporations and politicians has spurred action from Paris to Aberdeen.
Links Press release for oil spill action | action report, photos & video | another video | Shell sponsorship background
Other actions Glasgow | Edinburgh | Plane Stupid | Greenpeace
Coming up Protest against ESSO, 9th Feb | Spring into Action
Climate Camp 2006 indymedia page | website | 2007 Camp 14-21st August | next organising meeting 17-18th Feb
American Suicide Story
Warming Limitation Treaty a Scam, says VCVG
Climate Crisis Indonesia
Solidarity for 3 hambachforest comrades in jail
Another Hambach Forest comrade in freakin jail
Berlin Weighs Controversial Parachuting Ramp
Ecuador Breaks World Record as Reforestation Blooms Across the World
The Price of Oil and its Macroeconomic Meaning
Bhopal – 30 years on
Plane Stupid and Transition Heathrow Activists Occupy Davis Commission Rooftop
03-12-2014 14:52 | 1 comment
Can Beijing Fool the Climate Scientists?
Philippines: One Year after Typhoon Haiyan
Demographic Endgame – IS/UK Relations in a Nutshell
Philippine activists start 1,000-km march for climate justice
The Islamic State Messages in the Light of the Climate Catastrophe
11-09-2014 16:50 | 1 comment
Docs aquired from Blackpool Chamber of Commerce Occupation
Eco-Warriors Noah's Ark Rescue Mission to South Pacific Islands
Candidate Brighton Kemptown predicts an environmental disaster.
Vegan And Vegetarian Champions Ask LeBron James To Join Them
The External Cost of Spying
Frackers being offered drilling licences on flooded Somerset Levels
Call-out for actions and manifestations on the 22 February 2014 !
The Extinction Festival at the Cat Hill Protest
Eco-Warriors needed for Cat Hill protest at Middlesex University
15-12-2013 15:10 | 1 comment
I Have A Confession to Make
Dissident Island Radio - the HEMP SPECIAL! - episode 127 - 4 Oct '13
Imminent Suicide of a Morbid Empire
Obama Not Fighting Forest Fires.. No $.. Because Of Causing Fires Elsewhere
22-08-2013 14:59 | 3 comments
Call out for support for forest occupation in Belgium
2014 Northern Vegan Festival
121 - Hackney Renters, ZAD - Klaxon Radio, 52 Commercial Road, DJ Al
Rob Hopkins: The Power of Just Doing Stuff
Cardiff Shell petrol station rooftop occupation
29-06-2013 17:04 | 1 comment
Audio: Sheffield - Building our Response to the Climate Challenge
Bradley Manning Solidarity at Hambacher Forst
10-06-2013 16:13 | 1 comment
Tornado Over A Mile Wide And 200 MPH Hit Moore Oklahoma In US
21-05-2013 23:12 | 1 comment
Facebook Bans Message to Peter Jackson About Filming Bilderberg Protests
20-05-2013 11:57 | 8 comments
UK ready? Fracking Sacrifice Zones in U.S. West
Philippine climate activists expose risks of dirty coal.
Burying the Future: Pipelines, Arctic Melt, UK Weather
Eco-Warriors Defeat Tory Council Thugs in the Second Battle of Enfield
18-03-2013 17:24 | 5 comments
Climate Space: Rethinking Strategies to Fight For Our Future
The eco-warriors are all legal observers engaging in police liaison
A DECLARATION FROM THE Poor oppressed People OF ENGLAND
15-02-2013 20:54 | 4 comments
Japanese Sasago Syndrome & Dutch Dam Marker as Evidences of Hot Expanding Earth
18-01-2013 21:41 | 62 comments
Letter of solidarity with tree-occupations against road-buildings
Digging The Dirt!
10-01-2013 11:33 | 1 comment
It's the end of THEIR world...
Peaceful Revolution in Great Britain is about to begin in filthy Enfield slum
21-12-2012 20:19 | 7 comments
Enfield Council violently attacks eco-warriors and a bloodbath is possible
15-12-2012 18:39 | 9 comments
On Typhoon Bhopa and the Doha Conference
Victory Gardens Past & Future
Climate: Driving Toward Extinction
03-12-2012 20:27 | 2 comments
Day 2 of eviction Hambach Forest / tunnel-system
Obama has been warned that Global Warming will cause Extinction of Humanity
01-11-2012 18:49 | 4 comments
Gas power station occupied by No Dash for Gas
West Burton Power Station action
29-10-2012 09:19 | 4 comments
South Africa: Clean energy protest lands activists in jail
La ZAD Eviction Up to date Report
22-10-2012 17:08 | 1 comment
Largest Protest Zone in Europe Being Evicted - La ZAD
Drilling for Co2 under the towers of San Gimignano !!
We were wrong to think the environment could wait
22-09-2012 00:15 | 1 comment
The Mainstream Media Appears to be Censoring the Truth About Global Warming
20-09-2012 19:41 | 5 comments
Moors' Law is Murder for Motorists
20-08-2012 19:31 | 3 comments
Nuclear energy set to kill off renewables sector
10-08-2012 16:05 | 1 comment
Critical Mass - Some good news
02-08-2012 13:35 | 3 comments
All out on the streets
02-08-2012 00:39 | 1 addition | 4 comments
Anti-Fracking Banner at World Golf Championship (22/07/2012)
California’s dysfunctional alliance between suburban greens
16-07-2012 08:23 | 1 comment
Insurrectionary action update (Global)
03-07-2012 13:48 | 2 comments
Groups urge world leaders to reject “Green Economy” in Rio+20 summit
KARI-OCA 2 DECLARATION
19-06-2012 18:39 | 1 comment
Romney's Abusive Record Re Cows, Sheep, Pigs, Horses, Cats, Dogs
'Fracking' - a protest song
11-06-2012 13:14 | 1 comment
Communities Reject Ecotourism Plans in the Lacandón
(Mad) nuke store proposal on Romney Marsh,Kent
17-05-2012 13:20 | 1 comment
A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?
The CDM in Africa Cannot Deliver the Money
Worldwide Children's Revolution proposed to lead May Day protest marches
09-04-2012 16:59 | 6 comments
Ocean acidity increasing at unprecedented rate not seen in last 300 million years
13-03-2012 21:39 | 1 comment
Fukushima 1 year on: Hinkley Point to be surrounded and blockaded
09-03-2012 12:35 | 3 comments
Anti Shell, Greenwash Flash MOB
Today is just another day of destruction
28-02-2012 21:57 | 1 comment
Special Sitting in Ireland for Rossport Campaigners
20-02-2012 00:11 | 1 comment
Carbon industry funds climate-sceptic research
Action to re-occupy the ZAD
Fuel protesters storm British Gas headquarters
Heavy Weather: SchNEWS ponders the climate of activism against extreme energy
15-01-2012 21:24 | 3 comments
14-01-2012 02:46 | 1 comment
The Crisis of Civilization January Screenings
06-01-2012 23:30 | 2 additions
Solar powered cinema in running for national award
Canada withdraws from Kyoto Protocol
#COP17 : Capitalism is the Cause of Climate Change
Gardai rendered powerless as campaigners blockade Shell’s compound
03-12-2011 23:19 | 1 comment
Occupy Planet Earth: Resisting the Militarisation of State Power
463 Years After The Ketts Rebellion...
A success: the tour America banned
One Week Left!!!
25-11-2011 16:07 | 2 comments
Shell's Peat Haulage Has Begun... And Been Disrupted !
An Inconvenient Truth 2 - World premiere
New Rising Tide International Political Statement
21-11-2011 20:48 | 2 comments
Q and A following UK Premiere of The Crisis Of Civilization
Natural Gas Drilling Rig Stormed by Anti-Fracking Protesters
02-11-2011 07:29 | 4 comments
Anarchists Burn Car Show Room
28-10-2011 14:05 | 20 comments
Biofuels and biomass protest outside DECC
23-10-2011 09:41 | 7 comments
Public sector cuts
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