Good, bad and simply ridiculous: post-camp commentary around the web
As Climate Camp 2010 winds down, there’s been plenty of debate happening online. So here’s a quick tour of some of the articles which are doing the rounds.
Starting with some light amusement, we have Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph calling us ‘useful idiots’. He blunders past the reality of climate change and the role fossil fuel companies take in perpetuating it, preferring to brand us ‘nutters’, ‘arrogant’ and ‘unashamed apologists for illegality’. (That last one at least is true!) Sadly Alan doesn’t really contribute anything useful, but it makes for some entertaining reading if you try to ignore the fact that we are talking about the biggest threat humanity has ever faced.
Staying with the mainstream media, well known protest photojournalist Marc Vallée says Climate Camp is restricting freedom of speech through our policies on press access to our working camp. This may ring bells with those who remember the Heathrow days; John Vidal came out with a similar article back in 2007. While we understand photojournalists have a job to do and access policies are a frustration to them, it’s really not that hard to see the reasons for them.
During the camp, it is our home. Yes, the land legally belongs to RBS but for a week we took it from them. On it we cooked, worked, debated, socialised, lived out our personal lives, and of course planned actions. We understand the camp is of interest to the press and want to provide access for them, but they have to understand it is also our home for a week. RBS were not inviting journalists into their boardrooms or staff kitchens, either.
In the ‘blogosphere’ a number of campers have been sharing their personal reactions to the camp. Sophie Lewis makes ‘a case for the Camp for climate action‘, Jack writes a huge article titled ‘The Mighty Mighty Climate Camp‘ and Dominic Rowland chips in with ‘Homage to Caledonia‘. These articles cover a wide range of areas so I won’t try to summarise, but whilst they are written from the perspective of supporting Climate Camp, they also contain insightful critique about how we could be better and more effective as a movement.
Over at Indymedia Scotland, camper Harry Giles posted an article called ‘Climate Camp Criticism: Onwards!‘ Again he makes a number of important points about how we need to improve, but explains how this year’s camp changed him from feeling ‘cynical and disillusioned’ to ‘inspired and optimistic’.
At A Daisy Through Concrete, Danny Chivers is writing a series titled ‘Five things you didn’t know about the Edinburgh Climate Camp‘. We’ve already talked about the supposed ‘oil spill’ here, but Danny gives a thorough analysis on why it’s a ridiculous slur. (Also check out our article, published today on the Guardian Environment Blog.)
Finishing as we started on a light note, Guardian journalist James Randerson published an absolute hatchet job with ‘Twitter backfires for Climate Camp‘. In it he wrangled a melodramatic article out of three Twitter users who posted abusive comments about the camp. James even managed to find one with links to far-right fascist group, the English Defence League. Amelia, one of our tweeters, gives a perspective on her blog.
Have you read any interesting and/or laughable articles about the camp? Let us know in the comments!