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Climate Camp - Action for Social Justice - 15.-23. August 2009

category national | anti-capitalism | feature author Thursday August 13, 2009 11:52author by Climate Camp - Climate Campauthor email joinclimatecamp at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

9 days of free workshops, direct action, sustainable living and building a movement for climate and social justice

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The Climate Camp is a place where anyone who cares about climate change or social justice can meet, live, learn and take direct action together. It's happening this August 15th-23rd, in Co. Offaly, Ireland.

The camp will be 9 days of great food, live music, workshops and action for a just, sustainable future.
You can come for as long as you want – it’s up to you.


BUILD: Learn how to construct a solar collector, erect a marquee, or cook for two hundred people. We aim to make the camp a model of sustainable living, and we need you to help us do it.

MEET: Concerned about climate change? You’re not alone – join Irish people from all walks of life to share ideas, make friends and start taking collective action.

LEARN: Discover alternatives. Get up-to-speed with the science and economics. Learn the skills you need - from how to build a yurt and grow your own veg, to how to take direct action and talk to the media. With over 100 workshops to choose from there'll be several to suit your interests.

TAKE ACTION: Find like-minded people. Get trained-up. Make plans. Whether you want to make a silly costume, stop a train full of peat or coal, or start a community garden there will be people here to join you. Join our day of action against the peat industry on August 22nd. And get prepared to join people taking direct action all over the world, including global days of action for climate justice in December 2009.


* To take direct action against the root causes of climate change

We intend to act collectively to take direct action against the root causes of climate change, the key agents responsible, and those who profit from causing climate change. We call on all people in Ireland to join us – not just during our camp but beyond in our own neighbourhoods and communities.

* To build a movement

We aim to build a resistance movement that can bring down climate polluters and carbon traders, demand climate justice and implement sustainable solutions. But beyond this, the movement that we are building must be one that can bring down the structures that have caused the climate crisis and support communities in finding their own answers. We aim to build a lasting movement that nurtures resistance to all forms of injustice and oppression, and supports people in implementing their own solutions.

* To create a space for education

Provide a safe, positive space, enabling people to be informed about and empowered through engagement in struggles for a better world. The camp brings together people who wish to become active and people already campaigning on climate change and many other issues. We aim to provide resources for, and facilitate the needs of, people who wish to become active and campaign groups, enabling them to meet, discuss, plan, create links, have open dialogue and debate, and develop new ideas.

* To demonstrate a model of sustainable living

We aim to demonstrate and promote viable alternatives to our current wasteful way of life and failed economic system that is driving the climate crisis. Our camp will show that solutions exist – solutions based on direct democracy, co-operation and concensus, and social justice – we just need to start living them


* Autonomy and self-management

Our aims can only be achieved in a self-managed, autonomous space. The camp aims to run independently of local authority, government, church, business, or other controlling bodies. It is managed collectively by the people who use it.

* Openness and inclusion

The camp seeks to be as open and inclusive as possible, providing a space that is welcoming to everyone irrespective of age, ethnic background, gender, faith, class, sexuality, and/or ability. We encourage - and aim to provide - equal access to participation in the camp. While the camp is a space for open debate and all ideas and opinions are invited, discriminatory ideas and discrimination on the grounds of age, ethnic background, gender, faith, class, sexuality, and/or ability are not welcome.

* Organising without leaders

The camp believes in organising without leaders or bosses, and with everyone having an equal say. When power is shared equally in a group, it can be more effective and sustainable - as well as empowering - for all involved.

* Collective decision making

We try to reach decisions by consensus, as far as practically possible. Consensus decision-making is about trying to find common ground and solutions that are acceptable to all in the space. This attempts to ensure that everyone's opinions, ideas, and concerns in the camp are taken into account.

* Co-operation and mutual aid

In a world dominated by competition and conflict, we believe that working together, sharing knowledge, skills and resources, and helping each other out builds strong communities and networks of support and friendship.

* Solidarity with affected communities

The camp seeks to promote understanding of the principles of climate justice and respect for the rights of affected communities. The camp seeks to further the debate of genuine solutions that are being proposed by affected communities – rather than furthering debate of false solutions proposed by those attempting to profit from the climate crisis. The camp acts to create an Irish voice of solidarity with communities who are struggling against the causes, impacts, and false solutions of climate change.

* Environmental sustainability

In an effort to minimize the ecological damage we cause, the camp seeks to use as little as possible in terms of energy, materials and resources. We strive to use only renewable energy. The camp aspires to create minimal waste and to reuse all waste created. Protection of local biodiversity, protection of land and water quality, and ecologically sustainable design are fundamental to the construction and planning of our camp. We aim to source all construction materials, food, water, furniture, and equipment locally and in the most ecologically and ethically sound manner possible. The use of fossil-fuelled vehicles and all other sources of pollutants is discouraged.

This is a living set of aims for our movement. All are welcome to get involved in discussions about our collective aims and principles - join us!

For more info join the irish climate camp announcements list (low volume/fortnightly updates)
by emailing joinclimatecamp {@} gmail.com

To join the Irish climate camp working list ( for active organising and discussion) send an email to

If you want be involved rather than just informed - (and we hope you do!) - there are small groups of us who look after specific aspects of the camp (outreach, media, kitchen, site crew, research, process, workshop programme, gigs etc). You can read more about what each group does on www.climatecamp.ie

If you are interested in getting involved you can email joinclimatecamp {@} gmail.com or email the group directly. The best thing to do is to come to an event or a meeting and chat about how you can get involved. See www.climatecamp.ie and our Facebook page for upcoming meetings, gigs and other events.

See you there!

Come to Climate Camp, 15.-23. August, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Come to Climate Camp, 15.-23. August, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

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author by Climatecamp - Climatecamp - Action for Social Justicepublication date Thu Aug 06, 2009 14:30author email info at climatecamp dot ieauthor address www.climatecamp.ieauthor phone 087 132 0240Report this post to the editors

NB. The Climate Camp will take place from 15th-23rd of August in SHANNONBRIDGE, CO. OFFALY
(not Tullamore)

Shuttle buses are provided 2-3 times daily from athlone - for the timetable of shuttle buses and other transport info see

author by Barry - BikeBomberspublication date Tue Aug 11, 2009 22:58author email bikebombers at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

we are organising a group cycle to the Climate Camp, meeting at Hueston Station on the Saturday 15th morning at 9am and departing at 10, following the canal and small roads to Tullamore, camping overnight, and continuing to Shannonbridge the next morning.
anyone interested in joining us please contact bikebombers@gmail.com

more details including a map and list of things to bring are on the Climate Camp website

author by irish times readerspublication date Thu Aug 13, 2009 14:33author address http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0813/1224252480500.htmlauthor phone Report this post to the editors


author by readerpublication date Thu Aug 13, 2009 19:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

From the Irish Times: "Close liaison [of the protest group] with gardaí should help avoid the confrontations that have marred some similar events in the UK."

Should it be inferred from this then that there wont actually be any sort of "illegal" action (as advanced in the earlier part of the article) against the peat plant, considering the Gardai would never consent to a group doing any sort of illegal action in advance. If this is the case, then you would have to wonder if the protest would have much effect.

author by Scullypublication date Sun Aug 16, 2009 18:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Any news from the first weekend of the camp?

author by dunkpublication date Mon Aug 17, 2009 14:04author email fuspey at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not sure how the camp is panning out, but I was up at Killeens pub for the first time last night with relatives from the neighbouring town beside Shannonbridge, over the bridge, from Leinster into Connaught, the horse fair town of Ballinasloe, well out the road to the farms of Ahascaragh. There were a few of the climate campers enjoying a sup in the pub and the music was going.

This pub is something, many of us will be familiar with the shop come pub from rural Ireland, the one id know best would have been Joe Mc Hughs in Liscanner, West Clare, but this pub is a step beyond, the family sitting room is opened up for punters to enjoy a sup by the fire. The only thing ive seen close was when some of the pubs in Milltown Malbay open up their private family zone, to allow for sessions to happen within...

Anyway, regarding the camp, we will see what happens in these days. the line up of events and workshops discussions looks very impressive.

I posted an article on p.ie, in attempt to generate further debate, awareness about the goings on..

Anyway, thanks to all who have done the work to pull things together to allow for this short space to exist to learn, and more importantly, take action for a better world.

Some of the dolphins barn gardden crew will be down tomorrow..

And yes, Im still convinced that Ireland, can play an big part in the collective story of changing the world. in fact we are already on the road, with the kinsale energy descent action plan thats led to transition towns and more...

For Peat's sake: Ireland joins the CLIMATE CAMP movement, expect NVDA and much craic

5000 years on in this strange sceal and people remember again the old wisdom from Newgrange...

With the worst rainfall ever recorded for July in Ireland, and days upon days of nothing but depressing drizzle and rain, its clear Ireland is in the first stages of the climate chaos this planets delicate ecosystem is facing due to recent human activity since the Industrial revolution.

It’s time for a big re-think, and from that a collective move toward a healthier, saner, more just world. Time is running out and we all have our part to play in this exceptional time of transition.

This week something very very important is happening in Shannonbridge, County Offaly. Ireland, has taken her first step in the global CLIMATE CAMP movement, which has been growing steadily and virally over the last 3 years. Just up the road from that wonder of wonders, Killeens pub at the 'bridge, people from all over the world with many views on the world, have come together to tackle the root causes of global warming. The week attempts to raise awareness about Irelands bogs (A healthy bog typically stores 10 times more carbon per hectare than any other system, including forests) and The Irish States brand new peat-burning power stations that were brought online by the ESB and Bord na Móna and now burn over three million tonnes of peat a year. The week will culminate in attemps to shut down the Shannonbridge Station next Saturday, so who knows how things will pan out.

The climate campers might not have all the answers, and we might be a right mixed bag of many ideas (how to win, what the real problems are, what strategies actually build movements, which dont...) but for this week in August a physical space has been opened up by concerned citizens of the Earth to take stock of where we are today, to dream together of what that saner greener world would look like, and then take the necessary action to turn our collective dreams into tomorrow’s reality.

So if you, like many more in Ireland, are experiencing a (re)awakening, want to learn more, do more to make a greener world, are feeling that its time to take a stand, to become more informed, to be moved, to learn how to dig a garden for vegetables, to learn how to join others in the use of non violent direct action for political change (like Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others...) Or, your simply fed up with all the doom and gloom of Irelands resession, then, why not pay heed to the wisdom of Pat Clare: "Never mind about the resession, its time for the re-session". Why not hop on your bike, tie a hurl or 2 onto the crossbar, and cycle out along the Grand Canal to join us at the Climate Camp and help turn this beautiful island into a truly "Green Isle". Again!

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For Peat's sake: Ireland joins the CLIMATE CAMP movement, expect NVDA and much craic

The Powerdown Show - Transition Towns and Energy Descent Pathways from Rob Carr on Vimeo.

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