Archive for August, 2009

Abundance

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Join Abundance Kendal’s inaugural harvest event, Sunday 6th September 2009 in the Lyth Valley.

Lyth Valley damsons

Lyth Valley damsons

Abundance is a new group set up by the Food and Agriculture Sub Group of Transition South Lakes. The aim of Abundance is to harvest unwanted fruit from around the Kendal area.

Wild damsons grow in the Lyth Valley and have long been part of the cultural heritage of the area. Help keep the traditional damson harvest alive in Cumbria.  Damsons are full of vitamin C and can be made into very tasty jam, pickle, wine etc, and add a wonderful flavour to gin!

Come along on Sunday from 10am for the day. Bring wellies and a picnic lunch. RSVP asap. Lifts may be available from Kendal. Pickers get paid in fruit!

For information contact tsl.abundance@googlemail.com or phone 07851 719 444


Workshop at Climate Camp 2009: Happiness and Growth

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Happiness and Growth: can we have both?

In a workshop on the theme of Happiness and Growth at this year’s Camp for Climate Action in Blackheath, Caroline Lucus, MEP and Leader of the Green Party and Saamah Abdullah, Researcher on wellbeing from the New Economics Foundation, talked of the urgency of taking action. Over 300,000 people are already dying each year as a direct result of climate change (from a report by the Global Humanitarian Forum, led by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General).

Caroline suggested a few reasons for this current lack of action:

  • corporate/vested interest (Big Business has vast lobbying capacity)

  • failure to imagine an alternative (to the capitalist growth economy)

  • psychology of dealing with climate change (what stops people acting – often fear)

She suggested that in fact, the changes we need to make will increase our well-being. For example, using the car less can improve your health, leisure time and money. Growth of the economy, on the other hand, will lead to increased emmissions.

Caroline urged the audience to attend a screening of the film The Age of Stupid!

Themes of Climate Camp Blackheath 09

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The four major aims of the Camp are Action, Sustainable Living, Education and Movement Building:

Sustainable living:

The skills, knowledge and technology allowing communities to live more lightly on the earth already exist in many forms and climate camp had examples of these providing facilities for cooking, washing, waste management, energy generation etc.

Home made wind turbine at CC
Home made wind turbine at CC

Action:

Climate Camp reinforces the need to take collective action to move forward to a sustainable future. Direct action can be a useful tool to, for example, oppose powerful vested interests within big business which are responsible for huge emmissions. The camp allowed opportunities to learn about safety during peaceful protest, legal rights and support, tactics and shared experience.

Mass action game at Climate Camp 09 on Blackheath

Mass action game at Climate Camp 09 on Blackheath

Education:

Dozens of daily workshops are being held on climate justice, the current and alternative economic system, politics, activism, green technologies etc. Knowledge and discussion can empower us to act – it’s too easy to bury our heads in the sand

http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/actions/london-2009/programme

Movement Building:

We can build a movement to involve everyone in the way forward to tackling climate change and resource scarcity. A positive future is possible. Getting involved in local movemenmts such as SLACC/Transition South Lakes/WDM etc allow us to work together and be part of the solution.

http://www.transition-south-lakes.org.uk/ and http://www.south-lakeland-wdm.org.uk/

Come along to SLACC’s showing of The Age of Stupid at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, a powerful film shouting – we have the power to stop climate change NOW.

http://www.ageofstupid.net

Climate Camp – England Aug 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The Camp for Climate Action 2009 was set up on Wednesday by over a thousand activists converging on the site from half a dozen locations around London. A contingent of SLACCers arriving in the evening found marquees, tents, kitchens, loos and solar, wind and bike generators were set up, with fences surrounding the several hectare site.

Entrance to the camp

The police were keeping their distance, with the tactics of violence, sleep deprivation, kettling and frequent searches so far not seen at the camp.

Blackheath was the location chosen for this years camp, with the location kept secret until Wednesday when campers were informed by text message. The heath, with views direct to Canary Wharf, London’s centre of banking, was the scene for historic struggles such as the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381.

The four major aims of the camp are Action, Sustainable Living, Education and Movement Building. More on this and photos from Sonny later