Climate camp – What’s it all about?

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Welcome to the first post of this the climate camp blog. With four South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC) members attending, this blog will be the eyes and ears of climate camp, we hope to let you know what’s going on, the atmosphere in the camp and answer any questions you might have. We will have to borrow the camps laptops, which are run from wind and solar power to write the blog so it maybe sporadic!

What’s it all about?

The Camp for Climate Action  (www.climatecamp.org.uk) is a chance for thousands of people to come together and share ideas and skills in living sustainably, whilst making our voices heard regarding the damaging effects of climate change, and to be more specific drawing attention to the issues, companies, and organisations doing the most damage.   

Last year’s camp was at Heathrow, and looked in particular at plans to build a third runway. During the week there were over 100 workshops looking at a wide range of subjects from climate science to practical workshops in how to live more sustainably. The camp is great example of how we can live more lightly, the electrics were run from renewable energy, we used compost toilets and grey water systems, and when the camp was over the site was left as it had been found. 

The camp culminates in a day of action. Last year the action targeted the offices of BAA and the camp managed to shut it down for over 24 hours.

Where will it be and why? 

Kingsnorth power station in Kent has been chosen as the location of this year’s Camp for Climate Action not only because it emits 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, but also because owners E.ON are
proposing to build, on the same site, the first new coal-fired power station in the UK since 1974. In October John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), will decide if the new power station is to be built, a decision that is likely to pave the way for at least six other coal-fired power stations: Longannet,
Cockenzie, Tilbury, Fiddler’s Ferry, Ferrybridge and Blyth. See:
www.peopleandplanet.org/dl/kingsnorth_briefing_June_08.pdfClimate

Climate change is very real and it is happening now, we have to radically change the way we use and produce energy if we are to have any chance of slowing or stopping the change. Building a new generation of coal fired power station will push us over the limit. Check out the link below for more reasons to say no to coal.

http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/node/4

This years camp will be similar to the last with a week of workshops and demonstrations and a day of action in which demonstrators, via sea, land and air will attempt to shut down the power station. 

This blog will show you what it all looks like as it unfolds….

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