Earth First Summer Gathering Report


Earth first is a loose network of people, groups and campaigns who come together for ecological direct action. The summer gathering is organised by volunteers and is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire. The gathering is run without leaders, by everyone who comes along. The gathering is also a practical example of low-impact eco-living and non-hierarchical organising. EF! is about direct action to halt the destruction of the Earth. It’s about doing it yourself rather than relying on leaders, governments or industry. Direct action is at the heart of it, whether you’re standing in front of a bulldozer, shutting down an open-cast mine or ripping up a field of GM crops.

There is always a wide variety of workshops running and this years timetable included:

Corporate watch

Men dealing with their patriarchal ‘shit’

Stop G4S

Stop workfare

Challenging everyday patriarchy

Chomsky

Greece

Traveller solidarity

How to set up a workers co-op

Consensus

Squatting

Facilitating better meetings

Burnout

Smash EDO

Planning an effective campaign

Working with communities

Planning a gathering

Youth led projects

Woman’s self defence

Squat electrics

Solidarity with farmers in Palestine

Indian head massage

Extreme energy

How to research corporations

How to rekey for actions

How to set up a housing co-op

History of the luddites

The deportation machine

Anti-fascist network

Anarco feminism

Navigation for beginners

Anarchy in the UK

EF had a great selection of vegan beers and cider and the bar opened at 7 each night. Thursday night there was films showing in the solar powered cinema tent, Friday night was open mic (not up to standards of previous years but still entertaining), Saturday night was ceidgh time, this provided much merriment.

The next EF gathering is the ‘wintermoot’ and hopefully this will be in Lancashire held in an area facing the threat of being Fracked by Caudrilla Resourses. This will just be a weekend and there’ll be far less workshops, but it’ll be a great event to meet likeminded people and have a few beers. Lancashire is very close to Cumbria so I look forward to seeing some of you there ;)

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