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Camp for Climate Action

3rd August 2008


11th August

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/img/campaigns/kingsnorthpylon300.jpgFrom 3rd-11th August 2008, the Camp For Climate Action was held in Kingsnorth, Kent near the proposed site of the first coal-fired power station in the UK since 1984.

Notingham residents were amongst those participating in the camp, organising themselves as part of the Eastside "neighbourhood" which also included the good citizens of other Eastern parts of the country including Derby, Cambridge and Norfolk.

Reports on Notts Indymedia and UK Indymedia

A popular spot at the 2008 Climate Camp was the Eastside/Veggies Cake Bakery, running daily vegan cake skillshare workshops and providing yummy cakes for the camp, including 1,500 cakes for the day of action! Big up Elsa!

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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.

Despite E.ON's bluster that the power station had been running normally all weekend, we most definitely succeeded in disrupting it's 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.

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Although the climate camp activists have been upfront and open about most
aspects of their plans, the location of the camp had not been revealed
until today in order to prevent E.ON and the police from attempting to
stop it from happening. The uncultivated field is on a road that runs
between Hoo St Werburgh and High Halstow. The Camp for Climate Action
intends to return the field in two weeks in as good, if not better,
condition than it was found.

Around 20 sheep were in the field when it was occupied. They have been
rounded up and are being taken care of with food and water.

The camp, which is due to officially start on Sunday, 3 August, is
expected to attract thousands of people coming from all over the UK. The
week long camp hosts hundreds of workshops on sustainable living and the
politics of climate change. The camp will culminate on Saturday 9 August
in a mass direct action to shut down Kingsnorth power station on protest
over E.ON’s plans to build the first new coal-fired power station in the
UK for 33 years.

“We want to warmly invite people from the local community to come down and
see for themselves what the camp is all about,” said Terry Graves, who has
already pitched his tent up in the field.

“E.ON and the government believe that you can have endless fossil-fuelled
economic growth in a world of finite resources,” said Christina
Greensford, who helped to secure the camp. “People from all over the UK
are here to create a democratic, low-carbon society in which our long term
future on this planet is prioritised over the short term profit margins of
the fossil fuel industry.”

“We have a future to protect, and today, in setting up the climate camp,
we’ve drawn a line in the sand at Kingsnorth.” said Hannah Abbots. “We
will not allow companies like E.ON drag us over the edge of climate

Press can contact Conor O’Brian at 07530 306267 who is on site and arrange
interviews, either over the phone or on the perimeter of the site.

Press can also contact the media team, who are not currently on site, at
07772 861 099

A press advisory will be shortly issued giving information as to when the
first media tours of the camp will take place.

*** Ends ***

Following the Climate Camp Gathering hosted by Sumac/Veggies on 1st/2nd March it was announced that Kingsnorth power station in Kent will be the site of this summer's Camp for Climate Action, running from 4th to 11th of August 2008, with an action day on the 9th. The E.ON power company want to build a new coal powered power station at Kingsnorth, to open by 2012 without technology for carbon capture and storage.

There will also be a day of action on biofuels on Wednesday 6th and a caravan from Heathrow to Kingsnorth, in the week preceding the camp.

In addition to power generation, the expansion of airports and biofuels, there are many other areas of concern in relation to climate change, not least that one of the most significant personal contributions, and the simplest to address, is the foods we eat.

"Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency. Major reductions in impact could be achieved at reasonable cost" - United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation report: Livestock's long shadow.

We are therefore pleased that at both previous Camps for Climate Action all the catering has been provided by collectively-run neighbourhood kitchens cooking vegan meals for donations.

Veggies is actively encouraging support for the Food and Climate Action Day on 3rd June 2008.

See many other Climate Campaign events supported by Veggies Catering Campaign below:

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Why Kingsnorth?

"The new power station planned for Kingsnorth will output more CO2 each year than the whole of Ghana"
Greenpeace article: "Climate camp goes to Kingsnorth".

Won't Kingsnorth use carbon capture and storage technology?

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology promises to remove dangerous greenhouse gas emissions from the coal power generation process before it gets into the atmosphere. As such it has been presented as a sort of fossil-fuel Holy Grail. The trouble with CCS is that no-one knows when - if ever - it will be commercially available. Kingsnorth 2 is NOT a CCS plant. Kingsnorth 2 is a conventional coal plant. The company says that CCS technology at Kingsnorth "obviously... has no current reference for viability at any scale."

See Greenpeace article for the answer.

Why it's set to be a long, hot summer for the climate campaigners

In The Independent Sunday, 24 February 2008, Jane Thynne asks whether the press will once again go on the warpath against green activists.


Picture of banner displayed at the 2007 camp near Heathrow airport, by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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