As part of the last few days of GEF 08 (Global Eco Forum) there will be a gathering in La Teixadora (a squatted social centre in the Poble Nou barrio (neighbourhood) of Barcelona) during which we will talk about the origins and very successful growth of the Climate Camp movement that originated in the UK 2 years ago and whats being talked about for Copenhagen in December 2009, COP 15
Peaceful protestors meet heavy handed police??? see 2.45 of following
The structure of the night is as follows, all discussions will happen in Spanish:
6.30 – Workshop in urban agriculture
7.30 – Ecological direct action, experiences from UK Climate camps and plans for Cop 15
9.30 – Vegan supper
And following on from this Eco action talk…
Since 22nd of October (international car free day) the first Global Eco Forum (GEF 08) has been underway in Barcelona. It was the creation of Eco-Union with 1 day of face to face meetings with a fine online tool to facilitate 25 days of online activity. The following night sees the last of the 25 days of the GEF and we will wrap it all up with a feedback session @ Riereta in the heart of the Raval.
So whats this Climate Camp movement all about then?
A mail from the lists sums it up nicely:
“Climate activism right now is certainly the strongest grassroots environmental movement organising in the UK’
‘Climate Camp’ as it stands now is essentially an organisation of critical mass, having evolved into a powerful movement from what was initially started in August 2006, when 600 people gathered at the UK’s biggest single source of carbon dioxide, Drax coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire for ten days of learning and sustainable living, which culminated in a day of mass action against the power station. The aim was to kick-start a social movement to tackle climate change.
The 4 aims of the Climate Camp are:
- Direct Action
- Movement Building
- Sustainable Living
The camp is made up of different neighbourhoods / ‘barrios’ / local groups. The different neighbourhoods at Climate Camp Kent were London, Westside, Eastside, Midlands, Scotland & Newcastle, Yorkshire, Oxford etc etc. Each neighbourhood organises to bring its own camp essentially, which is made up of structures (marquees, benders, tents) which must include a Kitchen and a Social Space.
Neighbourhoods meet in their own areas during the year and feedback into the larger Climate Camp Gatherings which meet every month. Neighbourhood feedback to the ‘central camp’ happens through ‘spokes’ – spokespeople / delegates etc, throughout the year and at the main camp daily meetings.
Central Camp and Neighbourhoods support each other. Neighbourhoods reach out to their own local regions to get people to come to the camp. Neighbourhoods are good for continual networking and projects.
An ‘in your face’ camp is what it’s all about.
For Detail image of map go to blog munnaontherun
And heres the view from the sky of last Augusts camp c/o Climate Life
And are these camps being effective?
“It was not flawless, but the climate camp was still the most democratic and best organised protest I’ve witnessed” , was how George Monbiot referred to the 07 camp in A new political movement is born
As was outlined on IMC-IE after the 2007 climate camp against the expansion of Heathrow airport it really felt as a new movement was being born, or a new way of doing things. Check out the following excellent vid of collection of photos from the IMC newswires to see how a field goes from being a normal field to a week of intense learning, skill sharing, participative democracy in action, preparation for action, socialising, demonstration of sustainable living… Being profoundly moved because you know its something special!
Some of the mainstream Media coverage which favourably championed the camp and the activists were the following:
A recent publication Turbulence (Ideas for movement) has been devoting much time in analysing what exactly is going in these strange days. Its first edition came out for the G8 protests in Heiligendamm, Germany and many fresh copies were circulating at the climate camp of 2006. The main theme of that article, the first asked the pertinent question What would it mean to win?
From then, the latest edition seems to back up very strongly the point that, in Europe or UK anyway, the climate camp and related movements and actions are at the forefront of grassroots groups in which there is the hope that radical change is possible.
Some recordings made for climate camp radio
A half hour life radio discussion during climate camp UK 2008. People working with, in or living in eco communities of varying sizes half a loose free flowing conversation.
part 1 – outline some of the principles behind these eco communities
part 2 – now that we have an idea of where we are trying to get to, how do we get there…
transition town Lewes – climate camp radio (11 minutes)
As part of the recent climate camp UK we made this radio interview with Edwin Cambell about her experiences with the very successful transition town project in her town, Lewes. The recording was made at the front line that existed beside the police, and sometimes riot squad, she outlined the origins and successs of how their project has taken off and what their dreams are.As part of their project a short film was made, which was shown in the local cinema before all films.
work in progress…