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'Give Peat a Chance'- Climate Camp Shannonbridge 2009

category offaly | environment | feature author Sunday August 23, 2009 23:31author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

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Drop it like it's hot - "Climate Action Now"

Hundreds participated in Climate Camp at Shannonbridge, which was held under the shadow of the peat burning powerstation.
The Climate Camp organised three events to create better awareness around the industrial use of peat in powerstations.

Fianna Fáil's Garret Tubridy unknowingly contributed to the eco-conscious Climate Camp at Shannonbridge. Recent local election posters were reused as part of the men's toilet facilities. Users did not have to look at his face. Gavin Harte gave a talk on communicating the media message with plenty of workshops on drumming, Rossport, permaculture, the endless dreamcatchers and there were more banners being made than you could shake a stick at. It was great for kids and parents alike.

Lentil Disorder provided the veggie food for the hungry masses with an oats crisis on the Saturday morning. Chocolate flapjacks sated the appetites of early risers.

Locals were bemused watching the parade which left the camp shortly after midday. The barmen from both locals - Killeen's and Luker's pubs - waved at some of their new customers. Another local said nothing like this had ever happened in Shannonbridge before. Paraders from the camp had dressed up as zombies and the dark forces of dangerous carbon emissions with a symbolic chimney stack. Biffo of course led the zombies through the village! Campers had made banners, placards, dream catchers and an eclectic sound system boomed, 'Black Betty, Bam Alam' and Marley.

Kayakers got onto the little island in the middle of the Shannon holding aloft a banner 'Sponge Bog Stops Floods', as the parade reached the bridge timed nicely with cyclists returning from another direct action from the bog.

A few different direct actions were planned and no one told me nuthin'.

There are three peat powerstations in ireland, Lanesboro and Edenderry, where agile activists dropped banners from, and Shannonbridge where there was a parade and some scuffles broke out when the parade couldn't go up to the powerstation.

Look atClimateCamp.ie for more information about the issues.

Here's a selection of images from some events and life at the climate camp with images from the banner drops in the third post down.

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Related Link: http://www.climatecamp.ie











 #   Title   Author   Date 
   End of images from Climate Camp     Paula Geraghty    Sat Aug 22, 2009 20:03 
   Two successful actions today in the midlands     Climate Campers    Sat Aug 22, 2009 20:07 
   Climate Camp     Conor. M    Sat Aug 22, 2009 23:03 
   to the future     WELL DONE    Sun Aug 23, 2009 13:19 
   a successful gathering at Shannonbridge     Eanna Dowling    Sun Aug 23, 2009 18:07 
   Great stuff     Ecoguy    Sun Aug 23, 2009 22:16 
   Suitable Post Climate Camp Action     Bridie    Mon Aug 24, 2009 00:08 
   Workers     kbranno    Mon Aug 24, 2009 00:50 
   Peat Burning     krusty    Mon Aug 24, 2009 06:22 
 10   People Power     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Aug 24, 2009 09:08 
 11   Really important follow up bog action     Bridie    Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:29 
 12   not much for workers here     anon    Mon Aug 24, 2009 13:00 
 13   Climate Camp: The Movie :-)     Dave    Mon Aug 24, 2009 13:50 
 14   Make that change!     Mark    Mon Aug 24, 2009 22:08 
 15   Irelands first climate camp, couldnt have been better really     dunk    Tue Aug 25, 2009 00:58 
 16   Krusty has a point     Question    Tue Aug 25, 2009 02:00 
 17   to 'Question'     Green giant    Tue Aug 25, 2009 13:18 
 18   Answer     Question    Tue Aug 25, 2009 16:41 
 19   response to why peat, not motorways...     Climate camp organiser    Tue Aug 25, 2009 19:01 
 20   Support for hosting the camp at Shannonbridge     Eanna Dowling    Tue Aug 25, 2009 20:04 
 21   CLIMATE CAMP LONDON active: Climate Change Casino outside carbon trading exchange     dunk    Thu Aug 27, 2009 19:00 
 22   Climate Camp on Irish Radio + Shannonbridge local news blog - climate camp mentions     dunk    Thu Aug 27, 2009 19:48 
 23   private turf club     brownbog    Fri Aug 28, 2009 17:08 
 24   london camp radio on now + Climate Camp Ireland update + taz action today     dunk    Mon Aug 31, 2009 14:42 
 25   The problem is us. You and me.     RuthF    Tue Sep 01, 2009 23:07 
 26   A Time Comes: The story of the Kingsnorth 6 + Guardian carries huge amount of uk climate camp stuff     dunk    Tue Sep 08, 2009 22:29 
 27   S21-S22 : A world awakening out of its "age of stupid"     dunk    Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:03 
 28   democracy now feature; If US Moves Forward on Climate Change, Rest of World Will Follow     dunk    Mon Sep 28, 2009 18:57 
 29   Pre COP15 action from Ireland - 2 part climate camp video documentary     dunk    Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:53 

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