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Tuesday 14th August 2007 to Tuesday 21st August

Camp for Climate Action

14th August 2007


21st August

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Well done to everyone who participated in the Climate Camp! Together we created a low-impact community of over 1000 people who made decisions democratically together, ran over 80 workshops, did at least 17 actions against climate criminals, were reported in the media globally.. oh, and let's not forget that, after BAA tried to get an injunction banning us from going anywhere near their offices, we camped in their parking lot and stopped work for the day!

The camp's core aim was to take direct action against climate chaos and to be an inspiring space for workshops, information sharing, discussion and debate, bringing together people campaigning against the many industries that are at the root of climate change e.g. the petrochemical industry; meat & dairy; road and airport expansion.

The camp was a working example of sustainable living, organised around a network of 'neighourhoods', each with a vegan kitchen, demonstrating a positive alternative to the climate damaging livestock industry.

See 30 minute film of the climate camp at and the Photo Exhibition at

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Veggies Catering Campaign were at the Camp for Climate Action, providing infrastructure and helping to cook meals (and cake!) at the 'Eastside' Neighbourhood, which, alongside various other neighbourhoods, providing a sustainable home for 100 - 300 people to live, eat, work and play during the camp.

Although the big focus of the Camp based near Heathrow Airport, was air travel, that camp was an all-vegan space, and Veggies helped to highlight that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. See Veggies Climate Change Campaigns info at

The Camp overlapped with the London Vegan Festival on Sunday 19th August 2007, for which more crew travelled separately from Nottingham, to meet the rest of us at Kensington Town Hall. The Kensington events always see a huge demand for Veggies services, so even a few hours for which many people helped was very much welcomed. Details from

The Climate Camp won't stop climate change... but it is part of a growing action movement that can!

The 24 hours of direct action against climate change which began on Sunday 19th August at noon has culminated in a flurry of direct actions throughout England. None of the actions were intended to disrupt passengers, but instead, targeted the corporations who profit from climate chaos. Meanwhile, the mass siege of BAA national headquarters forced its' closure for the day. During the week there were over a dozen actions, covering a broad range of issues.

Sunday the 19th and Monday the 20th August

Carbon offset companies were occupied by protesters dressed as red herrings. Fifteen occupied the offices of Climate Care in Oxford. Ten leafleted the offices of the Carbon Neutral Company in London. Carbon offsetting is a scheme allowing companies and consumers to pay in order to supposedly neutralize their carbon emissions. 'Carbon offsets are ineffective, based on dubious science and lead people to believe they are helping when they are not - the concept and the practice are a con,' said Sophie Nathan, taking part in the Carbon Neutral Company action.

Five protesters are in a concrete lock-on outside Sizewell A and B nuclear power stations. Their banner declares, 'Nuclear power is not the answer to climate chaos.' Twelve protesters have superglued themselves to the entrance at BP headquarters. They are highlighting BPs essential role in the aviation industry. Protester Stanley Owen said 'We cannot sustain infinite growth on a planet with finite resources.' Eighteen protesters occupied the office of the owners of Leeds airport, Bridgepoint Capital, on Warwick Street in London.

In Harmondsworth village a group of 500, consisting of locals as well as climate camp participants, gathered to listen John McDonnell Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington. He told the government that the third runway will not be built:
'Even with the latest, more efficient aircraft, the climate change imperative demands that air travel growth be severely curtailed. The government can no longer have its cake and eat it. If it's genuinely serious about climate change it must show meaningful leadership to rein in aviation expansion.'

Vegan treats donated for blockaders from the London Vegan Festival,
at which Veggies Catered on the same day!

Late on Sunday evening, BA World Cargo depot was blockaded for about four and a half hours by eight protestors locked to each-other.

Protestors sabotaged the contraversial LNG pipeline in Wales, causing significant damage to the pipe itself and works vehicles.

Finally, a battalion of ten clowns marked out the site of a 4th runway in the garden of Lord Soley, chairman of the Heathrow Forward campaign.

Saturday 18 August

Children and their parents blockade the World Freight Centre at Heathrow in protest at the damage to the climate caused by unnecessarily flying food around the world.

60 people occupy Carmel Agrexco's Heathrow warehouse in Hayes, where produce is air freighted in from territories occupied by Israel, highlighting the issues of food miles and the unjust and unlawful distribution of natural resources in the Middle East.

Friday 17 August

The doors of six London travel agencies are chained shut and plastered with signs saying 'Closed, gone to the Climate Camp.' Ten people occupy the office of private charter company XL, which has a contract with the Home Office to deport rejected asylum seekers, exposing the connection between climate change and forced migration.

Activists superglue themselves to the front doors of the Department for Transport's London headquarters. A tourist spontaneously joins the protest by chaining himself to the doors.

Thursday 16 August

Farnborough and Biggin Hill airports, both exclusively used by private executive jets, are blockaded by two teams of climate activists in disgust at the obscenity of the super-rich using planes as a taxi service.

Wednesday 13 August

A group of activists set up a climate camp on the wing of an Airbus A380 on its way to be assembled in France, pledging to stay until government ministers come up with a 'safe' aviation policy.

"Notts protesters have joined a week-long climate-change camp at Heathrow". Nottm Evening Post Report

"The Last Chance Saloon is huge success" - Bar at Big Green Gathering, raising funds for Climate Camp, co-ordinated by Nottm's Summac Centre. Notts Indymedia report

The camp is going ahead as planned – not because it’s ignoring an injunction, but because it is not affected by the injunction. EVERYONE is free to come to the camp WITHOUT breaching the injunction, including those named on the injunction. See Notts Indymedia report

Who we are:

We are a loose coalition of people determined to take positive action against the root causes of climate change. Climate change is one of the major threats to people, animals and our planet. It won't be tackled by greenwash and petitions, but by an end to the system that requires economic growth. We need to take action and we need to do it now. Solutions need to come from the people and not the corporations or politicians. We know that nuclear power is not the answer.

We recognise that everyone has a role to play in dealing with climate change - that we need to alter our own lifestyles and that working together in our communities is the way forward.

2007 location announced!

Camp for Climate Action comes to Heathrow this summer.

Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, and all our efforts to tackle climate change in other sectors are undone by the massive growth in air travel. Holding the camp at Heathrow aims to highlight the lunacy of the government's airport expansion plans, target industry giants profiteering from the climate crisis, and raise awareness of the need to fly less. The camp will also support local residents in their long-term struggle against the building of a third runway and the destruction of their communities.

There will be a day of mass direct action aiming to disrupt the activities of the airport and the aviation industry, but in the interests of public safety there will be no attempt to blockade runways.

Although the location is different, the philosophy of the camp remains the same: to be a place for the burgeoning network of people taking radical action on climate change around the country to come together for a week of low-impact living, education, debate, networking, strategising, celebration, and direct action. The camp will feature over 100 workshops covering topics such as climate change impacts, carbon offsetting, biofuels, peak oil, permaculture, practical renewables, campaign strategy, skills for direct action, and much more. Run without leaders by everyone who comes along, it will be a working ecological village using renewable energy, composting waste and sourcing food locally.

It all comes down to us, now. We are the last generation that can do anything about climate change. In 20 or 30 years' time, should we not change our ways, we'll be committed to emissions increases that will see forests burn, soils decay, oceans rise, and millions of people die. If we don't get this issue right, so much else is lost too.

We still have time, but not for long. Make it count.

You can download a 15 min version of the film 'Reclaim Power - Voices from the Camp for Climate Action' here:

See more at and discussion at Indymedia

Veggies Climate Change Campaigns:

To get to this event Veggies emmitted 178kg CO2. (total distance: 132.38 miles)

However by helping an estimated 500 people Eat Vegan we will “offset” 1000 kg CO2

If ONE customer goes Vegan For Life, they will save 1.5 tonnes CO2 every year, as well as saving 4022 animals lives, and enabling all the world’s peoples to receive a Fair Share of the world’s resources.

Estimate statistics:
  • 2.68kg CO2/litre diesel @ 4-5mls/ltr;
  • 1.5 tonnes CO2 saved annually by a vegan diet (4kg/person/day);
  • Livestock industry produces 100 million tonnes methane each year;
  • Methane is 23 times more harmful to the climate than C02.

If we have helped change your diet please let us know - email

Camp for Climate ActionNeighbourhoods Information Pack 2007

In 2007 there is a neighbourhoods working group supporting and communicating with neighbourhoods and kitchens at the climate camp. We can be contacted on

If you intend to organise a neighbourhood it would be great if you could send us a contact phone number and e mail so we can consistently communicate with a named person. Or please call Lou on 07989 855936

In this pack are copies of stuff that we have recently sent out to neighbourhoods including a tat list, hygiene guide, anarchist teapot guide and a questionnaire.

Tat List and Running a Neighbourhood

Here is an update on what you need to know for running a neighbourhood at the camp for climate action. This is based on last years advice and could be subject to change over time so keep in touch

Information on how to run your neighbourhood

How was the 2006 camp organised?

The camp was organized on a DIY basis, with everyone who comes along being expected to help out in some way. In 2007 there are a number of working groups with responsibility for different aspects of the camp. These tasks are laid out below and neighbourhoods should consider their contribution to the smooth running of these things. Some neighbourhoods may want to take on a whole area or task and should contact us about this if they do.

Tasks & Responsibility

Grey Water
Disposal of washing / cooking water

Plumbing of fresh water

Creation and maintenance of toilets

Erection and maintenance of main marquees

Provision of renewable power

Central provision of food and gas to neighbourhood kitchens

Co-ordination of site funds

Dealing with press

Provision of collective transport to and from site

Providing and maintaining camp radios

Kids / young people
Entertainments for younger folk, lost kids

Prevention of escalation of conflict on site.

Gate duty

First aid on site

Well being & trauma
Masssage, quiet space, counselling, generally keeping us all sane

Legal Support Group
Legal advice and support, prisoner support

Action Support
Support and advice for direct action

Facilitation of meetings, communication between different groups

Workshops and Activities
Co-ordination of workshop programme

Site wide meetings
Site wide meetings happened every morning at 9.35am in 2006. These discussed practical issues that affect the site as a whole. Neighbourhoods were asked to send 2 representatives to these meetings. There was also a meeting at 10.30am everyday for people to find out how they can get involved in running the camp

Last year there was a noise curfew across site at 11pm most nights (later on Saturdays) there should be no amplified sound, drumming, shouting etc. Please could neighbourhoods police themselves on this. There is a late-night space provided.

Responsibilities neighbourhoods had in 2006 as a guide for 2007

Recycling / landfill / Compost
You are responsible for taking your neighbourhoods recycling / landfill / compost to the central collection point.

Info Board / welcome point
You should maintain an info / welcome point. Ideally, this will have a programme for the camp displayed, a programme for your neighbourhood, and info on how to get involved in your neighbourhood, tasks etc, morning meeting agendas, and minutes of decisions taken, and major decisions from site meetings. Ideally it will have a person attached to it who will welcome new people to the neighbourhood and let them know what is going on, how the neighbourhood runs, what work needs doing, intros etc.

It is recommended that neighbourhoods have daily morning meetings at 9 – 9.30am. We suggest that these are run by consensus, and you should have a facilitator and minute taker who minutes decisions made only. Minutes should be displayed at your info point. These meetings are meant for you to:
discuss issues from the day before site wide meetings so your representatives can take your neighbourhoods decisions to a site wide meeting
Elect 2 representatives to go to site wide meeting – these are to represent your neighbourhoods rather than to make decisions on behalf of the neighbourhood.

Allot neighbourhood tasks for the day : Cooking; Welcome person; Radio person; Rubbish / recycling
Allot site-wide tasks for the day (see below): well-being; site tasks; Facilitation

Volunteers from your neighbourhood are needed to maintain camp!

This camp will be run on a DIY basis, and everyone is expected to help out as they are able. There are sign up sheets for various jobs at the info point. There will be specific requests from working groups for volunteers from each neighbourhood.

The various groups practically running the site need volunteers from the neighbourhoods to help in all the site working groups based at the site office. Specifically neighbourhoods need to be responsible for their own plumbing in their area, for keeping fire lanes clear around their neighbourhood, and for cleaning toilets and washing areas for one day. Training will be provided at the start of the camp. For training, and to volunteer, come to the site office or the ‘How do I get involved’ meetings at 10.30 every morning.

People are also needed to facilitate meetings across the site.

General Tat List for Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods Working Group:

This year we aim for neighbourhoods to be as self sufficient as possible and with that in mind neighbourhoods should aim to be as autonomous as they reasonably can be in meeting their needs. Water and toilets and some power are sorted centrally but neighbourhoods are welcome to aim to be self -supporting in all other areas, and to support the teams that will be setting water, power and toilets up.

The items that have a cross X next to them will be supplied centrally where possible if neighbourhoods truly cannot supply them themselves. Be aware we will need lots of notice of lack, particularly on structures. These are items that neighbourhoods cannot function without and you should check on them as soon as possible and start working towards getting and storing them.

The items that are essential but will not necessarily be available centrally are starred * and should be provided by neighbourhoods.

Start checking local skips now! We always need wood, rope, tarps and pallets so keep an eye out for generally useful stuff.

Unmarked items are important and necessary and should be sought out but some things can be shared, borrowed and begged if you forget them. It is up to neighbourhoods how much of this stuff they bring.

General Structures and Neighbourhood Layout

At least one large marquee or two smaller.
X *
Some people prefer the kitchen marquee to be separate. Remember you will need to store food, have a preparation area and also have space for meetings and socialising.

Metal Kitchen Sinks .At least two for washing up and one for hand-washing area.
* X
Last year we had standpipes near kitchens on mains water. If your sink has taps with pipe/fittings that can join on to 20mm or 25mm blue MDPE water pipe, you may be able to get a direct connection into your kitchen.

Toilet Seats

There will be centralised toilets provided, but why not bring extra toilet seats for the straw bales

Wooden Stands for the Sinks
Pallets and Boarding for walkways and food storage
Wheelie Bins
* X
Rugs and old carpet for flooring

Cushions and seating material

Plastic Sheeting
Seating for people

Flipchart paper, pens drawing pins and notice boards

Small tables

Gaffer Tape/Zip or Cable ties/poly-prop rope
Market trader type big clips/clamps for securing tarps

Basic tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and spanners.

Power Equipment any queries about this please contact Chan. Please note that the camp aims to be low power and you should endeavor to use non- electric sources of light and power where possible

Low Energy Light Bulbs (12 volt options are best)
* X
Solar Panels or Alt Tech power sources

Large Batteries Car batteries are good but the best for holding charge and being recharged are leisure batteries and deep cycle batteries
* X
Household electric cable and connectors (bulldog clips or car battery connectors)
* X
Tea-lights and Candles
Jars and Holders for Candles


For general kitchen queries contact Lou

If you are bringing a kitchen please try and bring as much of this as possible and let us know any gaps and how many people you think you can/need to cater for.

Food / Menu
All cooked food on site should be vegan. We will be buying the food centrally. It would be good if you brought along your favourite spices and herbs that you like cooking with, although we will supply a stock of these as well

We will be buying the food centrally, you will then take it off us, and collect money for meals (we are suggesting about £1.50 a main meal, 50p for breakfast). You will then return the money to us, and we will give you your expenses, pay the suppliers, and give the rest to the camp. If there is extra money from the food, and the camp has enough money, we can decide what to do with it (devide it among kitchens, or give to prisoner support etc).

See the Anarchist Teapot Guide to Mass Catering (1.2mb pdf file) which is a fantastic guide on how to cook for loads of people, with tips, guides for how much for each person, and recipes.

Kitchen Infrastructure and Set Up.

Gas Burners and something strong and fireproof to put them on. A kitchen to feed 150 needs at least three of these.
* X
Propane Gas Bottles for Burners. Please do bring at least some yourselves if you possibly can
* X
Rocket stoves, Gasifiers and hay-box ovens or alternative heat sources

REGULATORS and piping that MATCH your gas bottles. Spanner if required for regulator. It is much better to use an adaptor that feeds multiple burners from one bottle than each burner having its own gas bottle!
Water Storage Butts or bottles
A copy of the anarchist teapot guide and Health and Hygiene Regulations
* X
Pallets and tables for storing food off the floor.
Large mouse-proof plastic storage boxes with lids
Strong tables/counters for prep and serving
First Aid Kit (with blue plasters)
* X
Fire Extinguisher (Powder type) and fire blanket and/or fire buckets.
* X
Smaller bins (general waste and compost)

Bin liners

Tables and chairs for punters

Matches or some form of robust mechanical lighter for your burners.
Kettles and Hot Water Urn for tea and washing up water
Weighing Scales (very important for getting grain quantities right and avoiding wastage)

Sweeping brush and mop

Dustpan and brush

Rubber car/bath mats are handy for creating non- slip areas around washing up and tea urns.

Hosepipe and connectors

Bowls (or those plastic storage boxes are good)



Scourers and sponges

Washing up liquid

Washing liquid for towels etc

Surface cleaner (preferably spray form)

Gel hand sterilizer for quick cleansing.

Some form of washing line

Preparation and Cooking Utensils
Multiple plastic chopping boards. At least five.
Multiple large and small SHARP knives with Sharpener
Thermometer for Checking Food Temperature
Massive pans. At least two. One for sauces and one for grains/sides: Large stainless steel pans with heavy bottoms, dixies rectangular stainless steel pans with lids which the army use), frying pans (big flat bottoms are the best). Each person needs 0.5L of food roughly for a main meal. This means if you are feeding 200 people at once, you need enough pots to put 100L of food in.
* X
Some smaller ones for any reheating.

Big stirring spoons.

Ladles and serving spoons

Serving dishes and/or heatproof mats/boards for putting hot pans on

Salad and Mixing Bowls






Measuring jugs

Drink serving jugs



Teapot and Cafetiere
Plastic containers and Tupperware of a variety of sizes. WITH MATCHING LIDS

Tin foil

Cling film

Eating and Serving (useful to get people to bring at least some items themselves, indeed we recommend this to avoid loss, or encourage a deposit scheme, plastic is best)

Hand-washing set up for people in queue (bowls and soap)
Plates (small and large)



Plastic cups/glasses




Tea spoons (thousands)

Safe container for cash

Camp for Climate Action
Food Hygiene Guidelines

The following acts as both advice for kitchens and a checklist for daily inspections by a member of the camp. This is process has been designed to help kitchens stay safe and hygienic, we are not trying to catch you out.

Personal hygiene

Wash hands before and after handling food, after breaks, after the toilet
Encourage ‘customers’ to wash hands before eating
No sneezing and coughing over food
No smoking or eating in any kitchen areas
Put clothes/jackets/bags in a separate area away from cooking areas
Tie back hair
Wear clean clothing
Wear an apron or other cover
Cover cuts and sores with a waterproof dressing/plaster
No one to working the kitchen who has or may have a transmittable disease

Food preparation

Use separate chopping boards for different foods (bread/cakes etc., raw veg and salad, other)
Use clean knives/utensils
Handle raw and cooked food separately using different utensils
Clean as you go
Store utensils and other equipment cleanly and safely

Food temperature and reheating

Hot food kept above 63 degrees C
Cold food kept below 5 degrees C
Ensure all food cooked through before serving, serve piping hot
Reheat once only and thoroughly

Serving food

Provide clean utensils for self serving, different ones for raw and cooked food

Covering and storing food

Store raw and cooked food separately
Separate containers for raw and cooked food
Cover and secure all opened food packets
Cover prepared food to be served in the near future
Store prepared food to be used later in labeled, airtight containers
Keep all food off the ground, at least one pallet high

Pest control

Protect open food from flying insects
Check regularly for pests

Surfaces and cleaning

Tea towels to be clean and in a fit state to use (recommend only use for handling hot pans etc.)
Wipe clean surfaces on all food preparation areas
Keep surfaces, chopping boards and utensils clean
Double sink (washing and rinsing) using hot water and washing up liquid for washing all crockery, cutlery and equipment
Adequate cloths/scorers cleaned regularly
Wash vegetables in separate sink/container
Dry everything in the air or with disposable towels


Adequate and bins (covered) and bags (tied when full) for all waste
Grey water system used properly

Health and Safety

Keep paths clear
Store everything safely and securely
Knives carefully stored and carried
Cooking area floor safe and flat, under cover in wet weather
Adequate lighting in cooking areas
Gas cylinder and supply secure and ventilated with a shut off valve
Notices warning of dangers around gas
All equipment safely fixed/positioned
Full First Aid kit easily accessible

Fire precautions

Adequate precautions taken to prevent spread of fire
All kitchen staff aware of site fire procedure and location of nearest fire point
Fire blanket or extinguisher available

Electrical safety

All appliances, wiring and plugs in safe condition with fuses where appropriate
All appliances protected from weather, physical damage and interference.

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