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Climate Camp is a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it.
The people putting on the Camp for Climate Action are all volunteers, lots of us learning how to do it as we go along. We’re a pretty diverse bunch – teachers, nurses, students, couriers, plumbers, graphic designers, doctors, youth workers, lawyers, carpenters, campaigners, artists, carers and many, many more.
A Brief History of Climate Camp UK
We started in August 2006, when 600 people gathered at the UK’s biggest single source of carbon dioxide, Drax coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire for ten days of learning and sustainable living, which culminated in a day of mass action against the power station. Our aim was to kick-start a social movement to tackle climate change.
Next, with over double the numbers organising the Camp, we hit the big time in summer 2007; media hysteria greeted our decision to camp a few hundred metres from Heathrow airport. Over 2,000 people came to the week long camp. We chose Heathrow as we wanted to help local residents stop Heathrow’s owner BAA from building a third runway.
This year's was at Kingsnorth, and we were joined in resistance to the expansion of the fossil fuel economy by eight other climate camps taking place around the world.
Climate Camp's Four Themes
Every Camp for Climate Action event weaves four key themes:
- Direct action
- Sustainable living
- Movement building
We are building a movement to effectively tackle climate change, both by resisting climate crimes and by developing sustainable solutions.
Everybody is welcome, so hopefully see you there.
Think Global, Act Local
You can find out more about Climate Camp in the UK (and its sister Campers around the world) at our national website: www.climatecamp.org.uk
And on this this website, there's more info about the network of Climate Campers who regularly meet up in London on the About CC.LDN page.