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Daily Video Reports From Camp For Climate Action
international | environment | feature Monday August 11, 2008 23:07 by Ter (with contributions by Dunk and 1 of indymedia.ie)
Video of Climate Camp 2008 at Kingsnorth
This is a series of daily video reports from the Climate Camp 2008 in Kingsnorth, Kent, UK
The Climate Camp 2008 at Kingsnorth has chosen that site, because there are plans to build a new coal powered generating station there and given that coal is a big emitter of CO-2 into the atmosphere, then this make sense to make it the focus of a climate action campagin.
Indeed, the level of the annual summer melt in the Arctic in 2007 was so great that projections for an (summer) ice free Arctic have been brought forward from around the year 2080 to anytime within the next few years. This should be an urgent wake up call to everyone.
Violence from the police has been reported. Dunk, an Indymedia.ie contributor, says: "police handling was very over the top: witnessed headbutts from cops, shields and batons to heads and one poor bloke getting full side baton blow to knee, didn't see him after, rumours were that his knee cap had been seriously injured".
Related Links: Climate Camp | Chart of Arctic Sea Ice Melt & Case for Sustainable Emergency | US Scientist calls for Prosecution of Energy Company CEOs for Global Warming Disinformation | Camp Feauture on IMC-UK: Climate Camp Ready For Action | Climate Camp TV | Climate Camp Radio live streams everyday
Despite this, spirits and morale at the camp are high. Dunk added the following: "The camp is rocking, bigger and bolder than last year, I was there till Thursday lunchtime ... The level of spirit and community at the camp was incredible, last year George Monbiot felt how this is definitely the birth of a movement, or a new type of movement. It is that, but so much more...it's getting bigger, it has to, how the world works must radically change or else its good night human species."
Dunk continued by calling on Ireland to also set up a Climate Camp, saying: "Last year was climate camp UK number 2. This year there are climate camps in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, US, Sweden, Canada. Next year more climate camps are planned globally, including Copenhagen, in lead up to COP09, the UN post Kyoto gathering. This weekend is the 2nd Irish Green Gathering, so things green are growing in Ireland, but can they, or should they, become more confrontational. Perhaps Ireland might create its own climate camp - a week of critical talks, the creation of a meeting place to develop further the Irish eco community, finishing in a day of direct action - perhaps Rossport?""
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An excellent video, & shld be effective @ getting the message out. How stupid are those cops? Robbing people won't help them protect dirty money corporations.
For audio on how to build a greener world and sustainable communities, listen to Wednesdays climate camp radio show:
Transitioning: From climate camps to sustainable commmunities, to transition towns, to eco cities
By the way, do we use our communication tools enough to achieve our objectives, most camp media heads i talked to seem to think no.
keep an eye on this YOUTUBER for latest vids etc clipped from tv:
see 1.05 into film to see police elbowing non violent protestor to ground, striking while on ground with batton and kicking, before throwing back behind police lines
latest update from camp site, Saturday 12.30pm:
Dozens of Protesters Over the First Two Fences of Kingsnorth Power Station
Electric Fence Switched Off!
Over 1000 Marchers Reach Power Station Gates
As promised, hundreds of climate campers have converged on Kingsnorth by land and by sea and have breached the perimeter fence despite the extraordinary hordes of police surrounding both the camp and the power station. Cheeky protesters dismantled the first fence and used it as a ladder to climb over the second one. Happily, E.ON have decided not to emulate the repressive tactics of the Kent police and have switched off the electric fence – the final fence surrounding the power station - as soon as the protesters got near it.
It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of huge institutions such as energy corporations and governments. But the Climate Camp has shown that we don’t have to feel that way. This weekend, we proved our power.
Today, we learned that - despite E.ON’s bluster that the power station had been running normally all weekend – we most definitely succeeded in disrupting its operations. We learned this from a most unlikely source: the police.
On Saturday, four bold rebel rafters got very close to the power station water intake pipe before being boarded and captured. They were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass and, according to their charge sheets, “they did an act, namely disrupting the running of the power station by causing the water inlet cooling system to be shut down.” That doesn’t sound like E.ON’s claim of “business as usual” to us!
Despite the fact that we had publicly announced what we were going to do months in advance; despite E.ON spending millions on extra security, and the Government spending millions on policing; despite the extra fences, the smear campaigns, the scare stories, and the most repressive and
heavy-handed policing of peaceful protest for many years; despite all of this, we got over the fences, disrupted the power station, and massively embarrassed an international energy giant. We outsmarted 26 police forces to run the biggest climate camp ever. We covered the river in boats,
filled the streets with people, covered the power station gates with banners and hit at least eight other targets with autonomous actions. We flooded the national, local and independent media with our stories and messages. E.ON and the Government threw everything they could at us, and
they still couldn’t hold us back.
We’re just ordinary people with a cause. And we proved our power – not just to the outside world, but to ourselves. Now we know what we can do, and our movement is stronger than ever. If the Government gives Kingsnorth the go-ahead, we will be back to stop it.
Why not join us? The Camp for Climate Action is an open and welcoming network with a group near you. Check out the “Local Groups” page to find out more!
Sunday 10th August 11pm
about 1.05 is sky tv footage of blatant heavy handed police violence
later is interview with dude outlining how law breaking has achieved previous great moves for society as well as reasons for climate camp and direct action
for more videos from and about climate camp, view here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kingqueen3065
kingqueen3065 : "disabled rights campaginer / eco-activist.
I had a stroke at the Camp for Climate Change at Drax power station in 2006. I think it was partly trying to camp whilst very ill and needing support etc. and partly due to police oppression. I don't go to camp any more, but I do archive the mainstream media's coverage, for posterity and to reflect back to Camp how they are being portrayed. "
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Propaganda of the deed
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BOLD journey is an island wide journey of discovery, experimentation and celebration, a near 2 week voyage around the island of ireland to meet groups, projects, communities, places that have had BOLD dreams of building a better world and done something about it.
This audio recording was broadcast live on our BOLD internet radio and is a discussion with David Neavyn and Alan Clayton about the idea of transition towns and eco initiaves in the southern Irish town of Kinsale, half hour talk, nice interview, big shout out to Cathie for assisting so much.
Previous audio show we did related to these themes, was from recent climate camp in UK last week, the show went out on wednesdays camp radio:
we will be in rossport to broadcast live radio show on tuesday or wednesday
read all at
Victory for Climate Camp: E.ON Shelves Kingsnorth
another factor which surely helped was the direct action by Greenpeace, where 6 climbers entered the chimney, climbed the massive structure, then absailed down and wrote in massive letters GORDON BI, it was to read Gordon Bin It, referring to ending the plan for UK new coal.
The cops eventually got to them, they let themselves be arrested, then in court, argued "lawful intent", whereby a crime is commited to prevent a greater tragedy from happening, ie loss of life or property. In court they got top climate scientists to argue and the judge found them not guilty....
Therefor the floodgates have been opened for direct action.
related articles and films
A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth Six
Acclaimed film-maker Nick Broomfield's documentary about the 'Kingsnorth Six', the environmental activists who scaled a tower at a coal-fired power station in protest against pollution in 2007. The resulting court case drew support for them from leading scientists, and their subsequent acquittal proved historic and changed government policy.
vid - A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth Six
article - Why six Britons went to eco war
further commentry http://www.politics.ie/environment/106275-another-nail-...24906
No new coal - Victory for Climate Camp: E.ON Shelves Kingsnorth
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A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth Six
imc-uk : Eon announces delay on Kingsnorth
full feature: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/10/439523.html
the new E-on F-off website.
Kingsnorth power station plans shelved by E.ON (guardian online)
full article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/oct/07/eon-c...ation
full KINGSNORHT secion on Guardian site - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/kingsnorth
Kingsnorth plant delay hailed (BBC )
SORRY, its "lawful excuse", and not as written above
Watch out Shannonbridge et al...
E-on F-off - and they have
Clean coal dealt second blow as Danish energy giant pulls out of Scottish plans
Dong Energy withdraws from 1.6GW Hunterston power station scheme just days after E.ON shelves Kingsnorth
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Dong said it was withdrawing from the 1.6GW Hunterston power station scheme, which would eventually use carbon capture technology, and a further coal-fired plant in Germany, to focus its efforts on green energy and cutting its CO2 emissions.
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