Whats all this Climate Camp stuff then?

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
– Education

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:

Inside Heathrow’s protest camp: A battle to save the world

Why we should all start shouting about airport expansion

The new face of activism

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

Transitioning, from climate camp to eco villages to transition towns to eco cities (30 minutes)

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…


8 Responses to Whats all this Climate Camp stuff then?

  1. fuspey says:

    recent coverage of climate camps on IMC-IE

    Daily Video Reports From Camp For Climate Action


    Climate Camp, Heathrow



    lots of positive reports about climate camp


    with photos


    + some interesting and conflictive debates were going on in the guardian between george monbiot and Ewa Jasiewicz



    Pics from Sunday’s march from climate camp

    Heading to BAA offices on Big Action Day

    The occupation of the BAA staff parking lot

    The occupation of the BAA staff parking lot – Night and Day and blockade

    BAA Tent Blockade – Nightime Pictures

    a few articles

    When Climate Camp Comes Home: Making the Transition
    Climate protesters hijack coal train

    The train was carrying fuel to Britain’s biggest power station, Drax, in North Yorkshire


    And why coal?

    Photo c/o London Rising Tide targets Drax power station’s PR firm for pro-climate justice, anti-G8 day of action

  2. fuspey says:

    From the lists:

    The Other call on COP

    Oh and here is the other call issued, the Peoples’ Climate Protocol,
    mainly by southern movements (maoist movements among others of the Asian
    Peasant Coalition, but also Pesticide Action Network International, and
    a wide range of other organisations). They plan a Peoples Assembly as a
    parallel activity during the Poland 2008 climate change meetings in Poznan.
    Their call is generally very good, much more detailed already and of
    course heavily insisting on the southern and anti-capitalist
    perspectives. Worth a read !

    Obviously, we must try to unify our efforts as much as possible. For
    instance already by inviting the input of their movements on a global
    web page?



    Statement on the Kyoto Protocol and Climate Change

    The planet is experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions. Drastic action is required to reverse the situation. Global temperatures have increased twice as fast in the last 50 years as over the last century and will rise even faster in the coming decades. Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) are among the 12 warmest years on record. This is disrupting weather patterns, severely damaging the environment, and destroying lives and livelihoods – especially of the poorest and most vulnerable.

    There have already been high-profile schemes for concerted action and co-operation to combat global warming. This includes the landmark 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the succeeding Kyoto Agreement. Yet the problem has not been stemmed or much less reversed, indeed it has worsened as the limited targets and timelines set by the Kyoto Protocol have made no headway in reducing global emissions.

    Significantly, the Kyoto Protocol does not truly involve grassroots communities and peoples who are worst-affected, especially in the South. It has grossly neglected the severe damage to their livelihoods, well-being and welfare. It does not consistently and coherently adhere to the vital developmental principles, especially people’s sovereignty over natural resources.

    We recognize that the Kyoto process:

    1. has not allowed sufficient voice for the concerns of those communities in the global south which will suffer the worst impacts of climate change;
    2. has to date failed to have a significant impact on reducing global emissions;
    3. does not currently provide for sufficient binding targets or measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2 degree target prescribed by the science as necessary to avoid runaway global warming;
    4. has not provided a mechanism to facilitate the transfer of compensatory adaptation financing of the scale required by communities in the global south to prevent further impoverishment due to the adverse ways in which they are, and will increasingly be impacted by global warming;
    5. does not provide sufficient mechanisms to ensure that efforts to combat global warming will not have a disproportionate negative impact on countries and communities in the global south;
    6. continues to promote market-based solutions to climate change which prioritize growth and profits above the needs of the planet and its people; and to this end
    7. does not address the necessity of bringing about genuine people’s sovereignty over natural resources which must be fundamental to the process of preventing runaway climate change

    In light of these crucial failings of the current international efforts to address climate change, we declare the need to develop a People’s Protocol on Climate Change, a draft copy of which is attached below, with the purpose of:

    1. providing the space for those peoples who will be worst impacted by climate change and yet to date have been excluded from the Kyoto process to voice their views on the current efforts to combat global warming; and
    2. to highlight the key issues which must be meaningfully addressed in international efforts to confront the climate crisis

    The People’s Protocol on Climate Change will be finalized and ratified through a grand People’s Assembly spearheaded by the Asian Peasant Coalition, Pesticide Action Network International, Coalition of Agricultural Workers International and the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty as a parallel activity during the Poland 2008 climate change meetings.

  3. dunk says:

    Climate Camp Ireland is happening, for the first time, next month. Today 4 weeks sees the day of action,

    infos on imc-ie

  4. fuspey says:

    Irish climate camp has started, up beyond Killeens pub at “the bridge”…

    Good article in the Irish Times in lead up to actions…

    Thursday, August 13, 2009 – irish times

    Destroying bogs to produce uneconomical energy

    You’d struggle to come up with a way of producing electricity as environmentally criminal as peat-fired power stations, writes JOHN


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