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Saturday 26th August 2006 to Monday 4th September

Camp for Climate Action

26th August 2006


4th September

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/img/arc/climatecampostrich.jpgThis week long camp brought people together to:

  • provide information on climate change and its causes

  • take action against climate change

  • share and live practical solutions

  • network with other people campaigning on all the aspects of climate change.

Sumac Centre and Veggies hosted a 'neighbourhood' at the camp, catering for up to 100 people, and co-ordinated 7 vegan kitchens providing 3 meals a day to 400-600 people over 10 days. Thanks to all who helped with veg prep, cooking and serving meals.

The Camp took place in Megawatt Valley, near Leeds, home of Drax power station, the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK.

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Packed with workshops and debates, the Camp was a space to pool knowledge, ideas and inspiration to tackle the greatest threat to life on Earth. Under the shadow of 12 huge cooling towers we converged to take action on the biggest CO2 emitter in northern Europe: Drax power station.

As Drax shareholders rake in the profits, the rest of us tremble as we wake up to the effects of the 21 million tones of carbon released by Drax each year. If we carry on at this rate in the next few years we will have emitted enough C02 to cross the dreaded 2-degree temperature threshold. Predictions at this point include the Greenland ice sheet collapsing and sea levels rising, water shortages in many parts of the world, the extinction of the polar bear, and most worrying of all, runaway climate chaos.

The Climate Camp was a direct challenge to climate criminals, and on Thursday 31st September hundreds of people converged to take action on Drax. From a colourful kids demo blocking the main gates, to small teams of people locking themselves to machinery inside the fence, the intent was clear: Drax must shut now! For one day this was not business as usual. It is time to push aside the big money makers of the world and make space for a future where the needs of people and the planet come first, a future where we take collective responsibility for the effect we have on the environment. The Camp was a space to start living in sustainable ways. From a bicycle library to solar energy and locally-sourced food, the carbon footprint of the camp was minimal. It was organised through 'neighbourhood assembles' (directly democratic systems to ensure that everyone's voice was heard equally), and decisions were taken by consensus. The Manchester gathering was organised on similar principles.

Thanks to every one who helped to make the Camp a success. It was just the beginning...together we can make the change!

Read about the Climate Camp (or add your own report) on Indymedia.

Reclaim Power - voices from the camp for climate action

In the summer of 2006, the 5th hottest year ever recorded in recent history, 600 people convinced that there is no time to waste set up a Camp for Climate Action in the shadow of one of the biggest C02 emitters in Europe: Drax coal-fired power station in Yorkshire / UK.

Cine rebelde film, in cooperation with Rising Tide UK and the Camp for Climate Action, produced a 62 minute DVD documenting the camp, which featured over one hundred workshops on a wide range of topics - the 10 day camp was a space of collective learning, sustainable living and taking direct action on the root causes of climate change. The gathering that showed practical low energy solutions in action, culminated in a day of protest and mass direct action in an attempt to shut down Drax. Click to watch this three minute trailer.

Click here to watch the 15 min version

Visit for details of the full DVD.

The Camp for Climate Action was just the beginning!

Climate Change isn't just going to disappear - and neither are we. The Camp for Climate Action was a turning point, but it was never going to be enough in itself. The next steps forward were discussed at the UK-wide meeting in Manchester from October 14th to 15th, part of a newly energised movement in the fight against climate chaos.

Rising Tide North America is calling for 2 days of action on October 3-4, 2006, to coincide with the G8 + 5 Climate Summit in Mexico City, which is set to enshrine yet more oil and gas production;

See also their most excellent report on the 2006 Drax Camp for Climate Action:

"The day of action succeeded in striking fear into the heart of Drax, with employees using secret, pre-arranged knocking codes before entering each othersí offices. No trains were running in the days leading up to the action (the plant gets all of its coal by rail), and from 10-4 no coal got into the plant due to safety regulations. The action at Drax also put coal on the radar in the UK in a way that it hadnít been before. While Drax is the largest plant in the UK, it also has modern scrubbers and is the most efficient; consequently, the plant had previously enjoyed a fairly greenwashed image. The climate camp action helped debunk the logic that equates efficient coal burning with sustainability, and brought the focus back to CO2 being the major cause of global climate change."
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Plane Stupid is calling for a day of action against short haul flights and short haul operators of November 6th, during the UN International climate talks in Nairobi. The day of action is two days after the mass event for climate action in London on November 4th, organised by Stop Climate Chaos and the Campaign Against Climate Change.

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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, ĎFeeding the hungry without exploiting animalsí. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email


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