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Crude Awakening Mass Action

Monday, September 13th, 2010


Saturday, 16 October 2010, Central London

Floods in Pakistan, drought in Russia, huge glaciers breaking up in Greenland…

Our climate system is rapidly sliding into crisis, as oil companies destroy people’s lives and the environment to keep sucking up their profits.

Oil saturates every aspect of our lives. Oil profits lubricate the financial markets and its sponsorship clings like a bad smell to our cultural institutions. It flows through pipelines to the pumps, airports and factories of our cities.

The failure of the UN COP15 process showed us – if there was ever any doubt – that government and industry can’t tackle climate change. It’s up to us and it’s time to up the ante.

As a movement, our actions against coal and aviation have made a real difference. Now oil’s time is up.

Together, on October 16, let’s give the oil industry a Crude Awakening.

Meet in central London. Be ready to move. Be ready to stay and stand your ground.

Be creative. Be prepared. Be there.

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Twitter: @crudeawake

Part of the CJA global week of action for climate justice
Supported by: Space Hijackers, Climate Camp, Plane Stupid, Rising Tide, Liberate Tate, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, UK Tar Sands Network

Hope to see you on the streets,
Crude Awakening

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When Push Comes to Shove

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Climate Camp Shuts Down RBS

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This year’s climate camp saw around 800 activists camp opposite the global headquarters of RBS.

Aerial view of the camp with RBS global HQ on the right.

RBS are one of the world’s biggest investors in fossil fuels – from the Canadian tar sands to coal extraction in the UK.  It also received over £50 billion public money during the financial crisis and over a trillion of toxic debt underwitten.  Given that its 80% owned by us why are we paying to trash our ow future?  The message of the camp was that we shouldnt have to pay for their crisis.  The future is ours, and its time to reclaim it.

The camp was set up for 5 days and aimed to demonstrate sustainable living, educate and take action.

Daily workshops are held.

Compost loos, grey water systems and renewable energy help make the site a model of sustainable living.

Monday was billed as the day of action.  However, on Sunday several hundred campers broke through police lines and attempted to occupy RBS offices.

Campers try to push through police lines to RBS head office.

After about 10 mins of concerted pushing the police line was broken and campers swarmed over the RBS office.

Campers break through to RBS.

Around 100 campers made it to a courtyard were concerted attempts where made to get in and occupy the office.  Windows were smashed but no-one managed to get in before the police regained control.

Attempts are made to get in but the windows are double glazed and reinforced...

The courtyard where campers attempted to occupy the RBS office.

Eventually the attempt to occupy the office was called off and everyone retreated back to the camp.  There were a few tense stand-offs as some activists were arrested and then de-arrested by campers but eventually everyone made it back to camp (bar one camper who got carried off by police).

During the escapade other activists set up a giant catapult on the bridge and began bombarding the head office with giant balls of treacle.

Balls of treacle are fired at RBS.

RBS new exterior decor. Siege tower in foreground.

On Monday, the official day of action, groups of activists undertook further actions across the City of Edinburgh.  Offices were occupied, branches were shut down and the head office of RBS remained shut for two days.

Overall the camp was a great success and achieved its objective of shutting down the RBS global HQ as well as taking action against a wide variety of other targets.  Nine Cumbrians attended this year and all are available if anyone wants to know more.

Message from Climate Camp:

The Camp for Climate Action is a grassroots movement taking direct action against the root causes of climate change. We’ve already had major successes with Heathrow’s third runway and E.ON’s plans for a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth. This year we’re targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world’s largest investors in oil, gas and coal… From tar sands extraction in Canada to coal infrastructure here in the UK, we’re paying to trash our future. These projects are not just causing catastrophic climate change but destroying the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe… Ecological destruction is built into the mechanics of the financial system, with communities disenfranchised from their own futures. This is why, in August 2010, people from across the UK will be converging to take back the power and Break the Bank!