[IMC-UK-Features] Climate camp round-up feature

cactus at aktivix.org cactus at aktivix.org
Fri Aug 21 10:18:53 PDT 2009

I would like to propose that the UK run a version of the CC feature  
currently on London: http://london.indymedia.org.uk/

Cheers tony

Some links and text should probably change as it is a few days later etc
html version on London

The summer of 2009 is seeing an upsurge in campaigning on climate  
change, with Climate Camp protests taking place throughout Europe and  
the world [see list] ahead of the COP15 UN Climate talks in Copenhagen  
in December this year. Climate Camps have recently taken place in  
Scotland, Wales and Ireland (ongoing) with hundreds of people  
occupying land, learning about climate change, exchanging skills and  
taking direct action, as well as supporting local residents already  
engaged in resisting fossil fuel schemes that damage their health and  
the environment. Camps have also taken place in France [see  
imc.nantes] and near Antwerp by the Belgian/Dutch border  [see  
imc.nl|imc.be]. Next up is the UK Camp for Climate Action in London on  
26th August, ahead of an autumn of mass action [2] before COP15 [1|2].  
See Full Article



Stop Press: Since the Scotland camp finished there are rumours that  
the Mainshill Solidarity Camp may be evicted soon. On 18th August  
police entered the site and got video footage of many of the defences,  
suggesting the authorities are gearing up for an eviction. There has  
also been a similar incident at Camp Titnore near Worthing.

FULL ARTICLE: Climate Camp Roundup: Scotland, Wales, Ireland + More

Ireland: The Camp for Climate Action in Ireland is ongoing with a day  
of action against peat burning set for Saturday 22nd August. The site  
was taken at Shannonbridge, Co.Offaly on Saturday 15th August and  
alongside education and action planning, aims to draw attention to the  
climate impact of the ESB-owned power station in Shannonbridge where  
peat, the most climate-polluting fossil fuel used in Ireland, is  
burned for electricity. On 18th August campaigners took direct action  
at a nearby bog by filling in trenches that are used to drain the area  
before peat cutting.

According to a spokesperson for the camp "Intact peat bogs actually  
absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This makes them an  
extremely valuable resource that we should be protecting. Instead Bord  
na Mona are ripping the heart out of our country to extract a dirty  
fossil fuel, and the ESB are buying it and burning it."

See [Press Release] [Flickr Photos] [Twitter] [Indymedia.ie] [Video]

Wales: Climate Camp Cymru took place on the edge of Merthyr Tydfil,  
next to the controversial Ffos-y-Fran opencast coal mine, where local  
residents have been campaigning against the mine for 5 years, and  
which has been the site of previous direct action. The Climate Camp  
site was seized on 8th August with hundreds taking part for over a  
week of education, skillshare, training and action [Pics 1|2]. On  
Saturday 15th campaigners set off on a ‘climate stroll’ to the  
opencast mine, pursued by police - one man was arrested (also being  
bitten by a police dog) and held for 40+hrs, but successfully  
contested bail conditions which would have meant he could not attend  
the Climate Camp in London.

Angharad Jones said: “Reclaiming the land is a symbolic act. Coming  
here has been a real lesson for us, and we feel privileged to be part  
of the resistance to this mine. We have had talks from scientists and  
ecologists, but the most memorable lessons came from the local  
residents. History has shown that changes can be made by ordinary  
people doing extraordinary things. The suffragettes and the civil  
rights movement took action that was often illegal but very necessary.  
As our politicians fail us, we need deeds and not words. Between now  
and the Copenhagen climate summit in December, activists will take  
decentralised or collective action in Wales against the root causes of  
climate change".

See [Photo-essay] [Cymru Flickr Photos] [Workshop report] [Twitter]

Scotland: Climate Camp Scotland opened on 3rd August at Mainshill Wood  
in South Lanarkshire, where Scottish Coal (the UK’s largest open cast  
producer) has been given permission by South Lanarkshire Council to  
mine 1.7 million tonnes of coal. There are four other mines in the  
area, making it one of the most heavily mined areas in Europe. The  
Climate Camp was in support of the existing Mainshill Solidarity Camp  
and the Douglas Valley communities who for years have campaigned  
against the mine. The camp saw a week of education and low-impact  
living [see Pics + Audio | Video] and high-impact direct action  
against the root causes of climate change, when on 6th August  
anonymous activists disabled an enormous coal conveyor belt at the the  
Glentaggart opencast coal mine, that moves coal from the mine to  
Ravenstruther rail terminal where the coal is then sent to Drax power  
station in Yorkshire. Campers also protested outside South Lanarkshire  
Council offices on 10th August.

The Camp for Climate Action Scotland also released a document on the  
health impacts of open cast mining in the area entitled Adverse  
Effects of Opencast Mining [background]. Anna Craig from the camp  
said, “Coal means misery and death, not just for the thousands of  
people seriously affected by mining in South Lanarkshire but also in  
other disadvantaged communities around the world who are being hit  
first and hardest by climate change – the death toll is already at  
300,000 people every year.”

See also Campcaledonia on Twitter

Klimaatactiekamp: Climate Action Camp
Quote: "More than 400 people participated in (at least a part of) the  
camp, the atmosphere was great, and the actions were all very  
successful. There were actions against the nuclear central in Doel,  
against the meat industry, against the Lange Wapper bridge in Antwerp  
etcetera. During the day of mass action against coal, between 150 and  
200 people succeeded in entering the terrain of ABT, a huge coal  
terminal, and blocked its activities for one day. The basis is laid  
for a strong mobilization towards Copenhagen, where the campaigners  
plan massive actions."

The Climate Action Camp that took place in the border area between  
Bergen op Zoom and Antwerp from the 3rd to the 9th of August is an  
example of an alternative and ecological way to organize a  
mobilization in all its aspects. Why did they do this camp? How did  
they manage to eat, have a medical and legal support, do their  
personal needs where there was nothing? What kind of people lived the  
experience? Here are the answers...
Video:  http://www.indymedia.be/nl/node/34384

Video Reports:
Pictures, Video, Reports:

[More international reports to follow]



Camp for Climate Action: Ireland:  ONGOING

Website: http://www.climatecamp.ie
Indymedia: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92979
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ClimateCampIRL
Flickr Photo Stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/climatecampireland

Hundreds expected to camp for climate justice in Co. Offaly - 12th August

CLIMATE CAMP - Wish you were here !
Climate Camp is up and running at Shannonbridge, Co.Offaly - started  
Saturday 15th August and goes on til Sunday 23rd August.

PRESS RELEASE: "One chimney down, time to knock the other" - 14th August

Video of Climate Action Shannonbridge - 18th August
An action to halt work at the world's largest peat-fired powerstation

Climate Campers take Direct Action on Bog Restoration - 19th August

Mainstream Press Coverage:

Destroying bogs to produce uneconomical energy - 13th August

Close Shannonbridge power station the call of Climate Camp protesters  
- 19th August

Activists to continue protest at ESB power plant - 19th August

Ireland gets first climate camp - 19th August


Climate Camp Cymru: Wales: 8th August - 16th August

Reports: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]  Pics [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] [twitter]

Website: http://climatecampcymru.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CampCymru09
Climate Camp Cymru's Flickr Photostream

Callout to join Climate Camp Cymru - 14th July

Protesters seize site of Wales' first Climate Camp - 8th August

PICS: Get Your Selves Down to Climate Camp - 9th August

PICS: More pics of Climate Camp Cymru Wales - 13th August

Climate campers reclaim Ffos-y-fran - 15th August

Climate Camp Cymru workshop report - 16th August
How can UK actually cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 + what consequences?

PHOTO-ESSAY: Visit to Climate Camp Cymru

Mainstream Press Coverage:

What the new Climate Camp Cymru can do for Wales - 12th August

Climate protest at opencast mine - 13th August
"These people are lovely people and they are coming here with their  
children - they are worried about climate change" - Resident Terry Evans

We come in peace say eco-warriors at Climate Camp - 14th August

Climate camp protester bitten by police dog - 17th August


Climate Camp Scotland: 3rd - 10th August

Website: http://climatecampscotland.org.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/campcaledonia
Mainshill Solidarity Camp Website:

Climate Camp Scotland IS up and running - 4th August 2009

VIDEO: Welcome to Scottish Climate Camp!

Glentaggart Coalmine Sabotaged; Police leave cancelled across the  
region - 6th August 2009

Climate Camp Scotland/Mainshill Solidarity Camp - 7th August
Report + Pictures + Audio Interview

South Lanarkshire Locals And Climate Campers Confront Council - 10th  
August 2009

See also: PHOTOS: Mainshill Solidarity Camp

Mainstream Press Coverage:

GALLERY: Scotland's first climate change camp at the site of an  
open-cast coal mine in South Lanarkshire

A climate of fear Inside the protest camp fighting opencast mining

Coalmine activists charged after confrontation with Labour councillor  
- 11th August

Climate Camp: saviour of the environmental movement? - 6th August, 2009

Drax coal supply in doubt after protesters sabotage Scottish mine equipment

Climate Camp Scotland: why we are protesting - 4th August, 2009

Protesters launch 'climate camp'. Environmental campaigners have  
launched what they hope will be Scotland's first climate change camp.

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