Climate Camp announces return to the City
July 27, 2009
The Camp for Climate Action announced today that a week long Climate Camp of thousands of people will take place in London over the August bank holiday, August 27th – September 2nd.(1)
The top-secret site in London will be taken by a flash-mob inspired ‘swoop’ on the day, co-ordinated through text-messaging, twitter and facebook. This will be the first major test for the Metropolitan police force since its contraversial response to the G20 protests in April.(2)
The group states that during the camp it will be training a new generation of climate campaigners to take direct action in the run-up to the December UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.
Ben Sutton, from Climate Camp, said:
“Climate Camp 2009 focuses on London as the centre of the economic and political systems that have created financial meltdown and climate chaos. The camp will challenge false solutions to climate change, such as carbon trading and offsetting, which allow unsustainable emissions and detract from focussing on real solutions.”
This year sees Climate Camp spreading from 5 camps worldwide in 2008 to 17 across the world in 2009, including Scotland (3-10 Aug), Wales (13-16 Aug) and, further afield, India, Australia and Ecuador. (3).
Rosie Taylor, who plans on going to Climate Camp for the first time this year, said ‘I’m going because just recycling isn’t enough anymore; our children are going to ask why we didn’t act. I want to learn how to stop climate change and I can’t do it alone.’
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Notes for Editors:
- The Camp for Climate Action is a national grass roots network which has organised week-long Climate Camp at Drax (2006), Heathrow (2007), Kingsnorth (2008) and most recently a one day flash-camp in London during the G20 (April 2009).
- The Climate Camp was part of the 3000-strong protest outside European Climate Exchange on Bishopsgate during the G20 talks in April. The European Climate Exchange is the UK centre of carbon emissions trading