, followed by a walking/cycling caravan across London to the Camp for Climate action at Kingsnorth power station in Kent. Veggies joined with the Bicycology collective catering for the Caravan, rolling along with pedal-powered refreshments and cooking main meals at overnight stops in Richmond, Putney, Oval, City, Greenwich, Dartford and Rochester, arriving at Kingsnorth on Sunday 3rd August.'> Caravan for Climate Action : Veggies / Sumac Diary
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Saturday 26th July 2008 to Sunday 3rd August

Caravan for Climate Action

26th July 2008


3rd August

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/img/events/climateCaravan2.JPGOn Saturday 26th July a rally was held at Heathrow, the site of last year's climate camp, followed by a walking/cycling caravan across London to the Camp for Climate action at Kingsnorth power station in Kent.

Veggies joined with the Bicycology collective catering for the Caravan, rolling along with pedal-powered refreshments and cooking main meals at overnight stops in Richmond, Putney, Oval, City, Greenwich, Dartford and Rochester, arriving at Kingsnorth on Sunday 3rd August.

See photo gallery at http://envirospeak.tv/photo/album/30

Report at http://www.earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/21142

Pics and report at http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/46

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Welcome to the Climate Caravan

People have always walked to change the world. From those that walked with Gandhi on the Salt Marshes for independence and those that marched together to stop the poll tax, to the women who journeyed to Greenham Common for peace; in times of crisis we have always come together to move history with our feet.

Climate change is probably history's greatest global crisis and this summer we will take part in an incredible eight day journey across London, in a quest for a liveable future. From the malignant growth of Heathrow airport, we'll walk and cycle eastwards converging on the Camp for Climate action at Kingsnorth power station in Kent. Here the owners , e-on in collusion with the government have disastrous plans to build the UK's first new coal-fired power station in 30 years.

The caravan will be travelling in search of a brighter future: one where life comes before profit. A future where fossil fuel expansion is history: where the local, the renewable, the human, can all flourish. We'll hear the stories of people in the past who have dared to dream the impossible and make it happen, and we'll meet with the people who are planting the seeds, right now, for a future we can live in.

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The caravan is on the move! For four days now the collection of bikes, trikes, walkers, penguins, pirate ship and polar bear have manouvered their way from the site of last year's camp into the heart of London. From beautiful city parks to three-laned roundabouts the group has brought bright colours, music and a vibrant, positive change to the surrounding environment. This was most apparent today (Wednesday) as we danced in sunshine through the financial district of London, flyering inquisitive onlookers and setting a different stage for city lunch-time buyers.

The response from passing people as we weave our way through the streets has been astounding. Everywhere we have visited pedestrians and drivers alike have taken a genuine interest in why we are here- and willing to talk about the relevant issues of climate change.

The Putney debates was well attended as groups discussed six proposals to turn the world upside down. Topics ranged from permaculture to environmental economics, and was heartily begun with a song to remember the diggers of 1649.

Petrol stations have been constantly frequented along the route with guitar melodies to lighten the mood for those at petrol pumps.

Today, a waddle of penguins stopped traffic on London bridge and made their way towards the financial and advertising institutions complicit in the use of fossil fuels for short-term economic gain. This was an utterly amazing and inspiring action. The penguins had an open road over the bridge to enter the city as two lanes were used for waddling and the rest of the group calmly dealt with the traffic behind. More at London Indymedia

Penguins made visits all over London to the advertising companies promoting the likes of Shell (in solidarity with the Rossport camp), BAA and E-ON. Occupations were made at offices in Holborn and Tottenham Court Road areas where normal operations were disrupted and links to the carbon web expressed.

A trip was also made to the city hall in Stratford where a council meeting was being held concerning the expansion of City Airport. Tents were put up and members of the council given information concerning the impact of airport expansion and runaway climate change.

Tomorrow we leave London for the Kent "the garden of England" to hear stories of Oxleas Wood and a step closer towards our destination at Climate Camp. Tonight we sang songs in Hackney City Farm and partied in London Fields with the locals. Come and join us on are journey to Kingsnorth and certainly to a fossil-free sustainable future!

Following are the experiences of some of the caravaners so far on the route;

* Learning the stories of London along the route and connecting the Putney debates to another radical point in history has made me feel completely hopeful in achieving the big ideas for change.

* I'm tired but inspired by the beautiful train of bicycles and people with colourful flags and pirate ship. Weeving our way through the city has felt peaceful despite all the traffic. Every day is exciting and i can't wait for the next. A highlight has been dancing in sunshine after navigating to the Synergy centre in Oval.

* Come join us! We have been shimmering our way through the city with the police leaving us alone and self-managing are route.

* My favourite moment has been walking past a school with the caravan and all the kids looking really interested in what was going on. As we left the teacher seemed to start explaining our prescence there.

* Going through hectic traffic junctions and working together has been so important in bringing the group together as a solid block. I've learnt loads about traffic control! and that we're best tightly-knit and not as a fragmented troop.

* I'm really excited and felt tearful with joy earlier. It's empowering walking on the road and feel amazingly safe. It's really well organized and there's great chances to chat with people and interact. You forget where the cars are and just enjoy the journey.

* I'm chuffed with the openness and feel of the caravan and there's great freedom to get involved. it's completely multi-faceted- as some people seem to walking as a pilgrimmage, while others for outreach. It doesn't feel like a traditional march, it's much more engaging with who we're passing because we can take time to talk to passing motorists and pedestrians.

* I've found it absurd and amazing- i had loads of fun played sardines in leafy, overgrown Richmond graveyard. We've adapted to the new places we've arrived at and interacted well with the locals- from putting on events with them to doing handstands and streetdancing in Oval!

* I'm tired but very positive and elated to be here. It's a non-stop rollercoaster of fun from meeting new people and seeing new place to learning new skills.

* I feel prepared, inspired and creative, and also part of a tradition in learning about the history of when people create something to stand up together.

* I feel excited and have gained energy from being part of this amazing group of people. I had concerns about the safety of the carava but these disappeared on the first day. Everyone is in high spirits, there's good vegan food and wicked creativity.

Route Sunday 27th - Tuesday 29th July

Route Wednesday 30th - Friday 1st Aug

Route Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd Aug

Complete Route Map

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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If you'd like us to bring you any of our foods, literature or campaign goods, some of which are on our online shop please contact us with details

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Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.

We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, ‘Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals’. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email pat@veggies.org.uk.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/6hjbtw

Other mapping wesites: http://www.multimap.com . http://www.streetmap.co.uk . http://maps.google.co.uk
Note: Maps are based on postcodes which can cover a wide area, especially for rural locations.

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