The Camp for Climate Action, UK Aug 06
Gatherings and festivals have been sites of resistance for as long as people have yearned to take back the power that is lorded over them. The anti-nuclear campaign had its peace camps, road campaigners had road camps…this summer, the ever-growing movement against climate change will have the Camp for Climate Action!
The Camp for Climate Action will bring thousands of people together for ten days of action, education and living the alternative world we hope to build. It will be a hub for everything from solar energy workshops and campaign updates to direct action against some of the worst offenders of the fossil fuel economy. (By this we mean refineries, power stations, airports etc., not the people who work in them, with whom we have no quarrel, and for whom we would support a ‘just transition’ into more sustainable jobs, not to mention with far
better terms and conditions – that is until we can see the back of capitalism altogether!)
Powered by alternative energy, the camp will demonstrate practical solutions in action. It will be a chance for the diverse people and projects working on all aspects of climate change to get together and make change happen. It’s crucial that existing campaigners and activists take part, but we also want the camp to be an event that reaches out to the huge web of people who are deeply concerned and looking for ways to transform that concern into action.
There will be debates and info on various aspects of the science and politics of climate, as we are entering new territory and no one has all the answers to questions like ‘What level of carbon emissions is too high?’ ‘What future (if any) for the hydrogen economy?’ ‘How are we going to deal with Peak Oil?’ There’ll also be practical skills to learn, as well as ideas and practical skillsharing for campaigning – from setting up an allotment to setting up tripods, from how to deal with the press to how to mount a legal challenge against your favourite climate criminal. And we want to do more than disaster- mongering - we’ll have plenty of entertainment and lots of activities for younger people.
The camp will also be a base for direct action against the fossil
fuel economy. Dealing with climate change is about more than personal action. Changing light bulbs and not flying to Spain for the weekend is one part of the solution, but so is getting in the way of the bad stuff happening - with our bodies, our minds and our hearts. Some say the deluded and mad are found in the asylums or amongst the drug users or the road protesters, or anything too frightening or too different. But real delusion is the passive grey expansion of the suburbs, the packed motorways rumbling towards oil depletion, the ‘millions of species threatened!’ story next to an ad for the latest SUV, the billions spent on a war to secure the very issue causing the problem in the first place. In these times, taking direct action against the climate criminals is as real, as reasonable, as necessary as it gets. Direct action, of all the forms of action to take, gets closest to the heart of the problem as well as closest to the beating heart of a truly sustainable, socially just, fossil fuel-free future.
No one thinks that a ten day camp can change the world, but it can be part of the growing movement against the fossil fuel economy. What will a social movement for climate justice and against the fossil fuel economy look like? We don't know, but if we get together with the people who've made a start, if we can take experience and mix it with the ingenuity and energy of the new, we can be a powerful moment, a pulse, in what has to be a growing local, national and
THE CAMP FOR CLIMATE ACTION, 26 August – 4 September
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