Things to do at the Blackheath Climate Camp

Climate Change Blackheath Blackboard Map
How exciting… Just been up to the camp to see what was going on. Such a nice atmosphere.
Below is a list of all their activities for the coming few days.  Some of them look really interesting (“How to climb a tripod” sounds like fun, the “home compost and wormery demo” sounds educational – as the former owner of a disastrous wormery perhaps I should attend…  And “DIY Wind Power: Building our own generators” sounds fascinating.

But some of them sounds really awful – “Singing to Mourn, to Celebrate and to Resist”, “Interactive Theatre on Climate Justice”, “Wooden Pencil Meditation” sound like something Edwina and Patsy might have dreamt up…

Anyway, judge for yourself – it’s all yours to go and investigate Blackheath!  See below for all the info

(The cryptic codes (such as MM = Main Marquee) correspond to various tents – see the photo above).
FRIDAY

Economics
Why Economics is Destroying the Climate: for beginners
MM1, Fri, 10:30-11:30

The aim of this workshop is to create an overview of the global economy, with an emphasis on the ideologies behind the free market, and the way that environmental destruction is justified within it. Economics is about more than money, resources, and the circulation of goods. It has as much to do with the circulation of power, and of ideas, and how they shape us and our society in ways it is sometimes hard to see.

London, mining’s heart of darkness
MM2, Fri, 14:30-16:00

London is the biggest centre of world mining finance and many of the biggest mining companies are listed on the London Stock Exchange. Most British workers’ pension funds invest in destructive mining companies. What’s happening and what can we do about it?

Bretton Woods Project: World Bank and climate finance
MM1, Mon, 10:30-11:3
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The World Bank likes to think of itself as a leader on climate change, with the West funding it to the tilt to play this role. With an insatiable thirst for fossil fuel projects and a limited role for developing countries in its decision-making the Bank is more of a wolf in sheep skins clothing. Many say the Bank should clean up its act and step out of climate finance to let a more equitable organisation such as the UN take the lead. Come learn about new developments and what to keep your eye on in the months up to Copenhagen and beyond and brainstorm about ways to campaign on these issues.

Carbon Trading, Heathrow & Kingsnorth: an intro
SM1, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Everything you wanted to know about carbon trading (but were afraid to ask). If you don’t yet know your cap-and-trade from your offsets, come along and find out the basics about carbon markets and why they fail. The workshop will also look at how carbon trading relates to key climate change struggles in the UK, discussing whether carbon trading makes it more likely that a new coal power station at Kingsnorth, and third runway at Heathrow, will be built.

MELTDOWN: the economic crisis and the climate crisis
Plenary MM, Fri, 20-21:30

Why is climate camp in the city this year? Can we stop climate change within a capitalist market economy? If not, then what kind of economic system might deliver environmental stability and a decent quality of life for all? And how can we go about achieving it, given how powerful capitalism is as an ideology, and the time-frame within which we need to act to prevent runaway climate change? To tackle these critical questions, we are joined by: Nick Hildyard, of the Corner House; Molly Scot Cato – a green economist and the Economic spokeswoman for the Green party; Keir Milburn, co-editor of the Turbulance journal, and Claire Faucet – former researcher for corporate watch; author of Technofixes: a critical guide to climate change technologies” and involved with radical worker and housing cooperatives.

David Flemming: is economics without growth possible?
Space 9, Mon, 14:30-16:00

It is widely agreed that our economy cannot continue to grow indefinitely. Environmental damage and resource depletion will see to that. And yet, if growth were to be halted, then the economy would be destroyed in another way: it is a dynamic system which (like a bicycle) depends on forward movement to maintain its stability. This is the growth curse. The market economy is damned if it grows, and damned if it doesn’t. There are solutions to this, but they are very difficult ones, extending far beyond a reform of the financial system. The workshop will explore them. David Fleming is an economist, inventor of Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs), and author of Lean Logic: The Empowerment Dictionary (forthcoming).

The Green New Deal
SM2, Mon, 16:30-18:30

Published in July 2008, The Green New Deal claims to be a blueprint for transforming society with huge investment in green technology and sweeping reform of the financial system. Is the Green New Deal the only plausible route to significant emissions cuts in the UK or just a distraction from the root causes of climate change?

Happiness and Growth: can we have both?
MM1, Sat, 10:30-11:30

Wellbeing has been a major focus of scientific research over recent years and the evidence is unequivocal: as our economies have grown so our quality of life and personal wellbeing has dramatically decreased. This workshop will explore the politics of happiness and its implications for the environmental movement. Speakers: Caroline Lucas, MEP for South East England and leader of the Green Party, Saamah Abdullah, Researcher on wellbeing, New Economics Foundation

Alternatives to Money: timebanks and local currencies
MM3, Sat, 10:30-11:30

Capitalism is failing communities, but all sorts of new kinds economic activity are emerging, such as timebanks, credit unions and alternative currencies, that profoundly challenge the dogma of markets. This workshops looks at these new approaches, explores some examples, such as the Brixton Pound, and asks how far can these schemes go? Speakers Josef Davies-Coates of United Diversity, and Josh Ryan-Collins, Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.

Climate Change, the Economy, and the Economic Crisis
London, Sat, 14:30-16:00

There will some theory and plenty of ideas, in order to generate understanding of the issues and what might be done about them.

Building within Environmental Limits
SM1, Sun, 14:30-16:00

What is the carbon involved in building an airport, a mile of new highway or an ecotown? How does building 3 million new homes impact our UK emissions? What does industry and government need to reduce emissions?

Consuming the Planet: Consumerism and capitalism
MM2, Sun, 14:30-16:00

In the last thirty years cunsumer capitalism has transformed our economic, cultural and actual landscape. The words “citizen” and “consumer” have become interchangeable. We shop therefore we are. This workshop discusses consumerism, the waste it creates, the impact it has on our planet and on us and what we can do about it. Speakers: Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass and author of “All consuming”, Tristram Stuart, Historian, author of “Waste: Uncovering the global food scandal” and (supermarket) skipper.

Movement-Building
Making our workplaces Red, Black and Green
MM2, Fri, 10:30-11:30

short, introductory discussion outlining the history of ecological struggles in the workplace. This will be followed by an open debate/discussion focusing on some key practical issues: _ How do we challenge the perceived divide between the workers and ecological movement? Why is it important? _ What are the limitations of “Green” trade unions and how do we re-connect with rank-and-file workers? _ What could a “Green New Deal” mean for us? How do we interact with workers tied into the carbon economy?

Policing of Women: Greenham, Rape, Race and Prostitution
MM3, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Previously inflicted with impunity on Black and other working class people and activists, police violence has been caught on film by G20 protesters. Women have spearheaded movements for police accountability over the past three decades. What can we learn from each other?

Climate Camp Cymru – building the movement in Wales
Space 9, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Climate Camp Cymru – Wales’s first Camp for Climate Action – pitched its tents in Merthyr Tydfil, next door to one of Europes largest open cast coal mines in mid-August to draw attention to the continued hypocracy of governments while building the movement taking action on climate change. What were their experances and where next?

Engaging Those Beyond the Usual Suspects
MM2, Fri, 16:30-18:30

How do we connect beyond our comfort zones? Engage those beyond the usual suspects – people who are knowledgeable, prosperous and already active? Come with an open mind and leave feeling inspired.

Sharing Our Stories (Quaker)
MM4, Mon, 14:30-16:00

Dealing with climate change required resistance as much as constructive alternatives. We will look at the role of resistance and the importance of constructive alternative. Space will be made for participants to share their experiences and sow the seeds for new networks/projects.

Diversity: Building a broad based social/climate movement’
Student Space, Sat, 14:30-16:00

How can we engage those beyond the usual suspects? To build a force for social and political change, a broad spectrum of society needs to be directly engaged. Come along to share, discuss and be inspired by ideas on how to move beyond our comfort zones.

Muslims & the Climate Movement: Values & Hopes
MM3, Sun, 14:30-16:00

We hope to make space to explore some of the following questions (not necessarily formally): How do Muslims and Islam view climate change? How do Muslim (ecological activists) view the climate movement? How do climate camp activists view Muslims? What are the values that we share? How can we hope to work together?

Workers’ Climate Action: class and just transition
MM1, Sun, 14:30-16:00

A basic introduction to the ideas and activity of the WCA network.

Occupy the Factories: the lessons of visteon
MM3, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Visteon, Lindsey, Lucas and Workers’ Led Just Transition: How do we relate to the most socially and environmentally damaging industries? Can workers take control and transform their workplaces?

Fighting Climate Change means fighting Racism and taking Direct Action
Space 9, Tue, 16:30-18:30

High Emission Industry expansion disproportionately affect poorer communities and communities of colour. This affects our quality of life and thus our ability to fight back. We need to resist climate inequality and racism together. Come to the workshop to find out what we can do…..with Capacity Global, DIY Education Collective, Plane Stupid and communities of colour from around London City and Heathrow Airport

How to Become an Activist After Watching Age of Stupid: a debate on the film
Cinema, ??, ??

A ‘popular education’ workshop to explore the different ways that social change can come about. You’ll begin to figure out how you want to work towards making the changes you want to see happen, whilst discussing and appreciating other peoples’ views. Open to all levels of experience and knowledge.

Activist Toolkit
Stepping into Direct Action
Action Support, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, 10:30-11:30

This workshop is for people with little or no experience of direct action. Come along to meet other people in a similar situation, talk through concerns about taking action and have a go at some common tactics.

Nuts and Bolts of Direct Action
Action Support, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, 14:30-16:00

So, you’ve decided that direct action is definitely what you want to be doing – great! Come to this workshop to find out about affinity groups, planning actions, activist security, and public order situations.

Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics
Action Support, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, 16:30-18:30

The idea behind Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics is to demystify direct action, to give it a face, and empower YOU to feel that you can acquire the skills to take action!
With each session we are using stories that will lead to trying out a range of tactics (using d-locks, banner drop, glue, blockading, vehicles). An activist will tell the story of an action they’ve been involved in that many people will have at least heard of, and then the action will be simulated so you can try out the specific tactic used. The programme looks like this: Fri 28th: Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics: Plane Stupid’s Parliament Action; Alternative media Sat 29th: Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics: The Drax 29 Coal Train Action Sun 30th: Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics: The Stansted Action; Harris fencing & D-locks Mon 31st: Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics: Faslane 365; Blockading with vehicles Tue 1st: Sharing Stories, Trying Tactics: Greenpeace’s Kingsnorth Action; Ropework

Essential Know How: stops, searches and arrests
MM4, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Everything you need to know about stop and searches and arrests: a really practical guide. Essential for all Campers. If you only attend one workshop, attend this one!

Essential Know How: stops, searches and arrests
MM4, Sat, Sun, Mon, 10:30-11:30

Everything you need to know about stop and searches and arrests: a really practical guide. Essential for all Campers. If you only attend one workshop, attend this one!

Essential Know How: stops, searches and arrests
Space 9, Tue, 10:30-11:30

Everything you need to know about stop and searches and arrests: a really practical guide. Essential for all Campers. If you only attend one workshop, attend this one!

Activist photography for fun and profit (we’re lying about the profit bit).
Cinema, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Once upon a time photography was for the professionals. Happily, times have moved on and accessable technology means that everyone’s a photographer now. The massive documentation of G20 by “citizen journalists” led to a unique exposure of police tactics and brutality and won activists the pr battle and huge public support. But it’s not just about easy technology. And sometimes you might want to tell a story rather than just provide evidence. There are some skills that can be easily taught that will improve the way you communicate with pictures, and there are some misconceptions about what you may and may not photograph. We aim in a short workshop to address these issues and answer any question you might put to us

An Activist’s Guide to the Law
London, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Come to this workshop to find out about the most likely offences that activists get arrested for, your rights on arrest, what happens at the police station and the implications of getting a conviction.

An Activist’s Guide to the Law
London Fri, MM2 Monday, SM2 Tue, Mon, 14:30-16:00

Come to this workshop to find out about the most likely offences that activists get arrested for, your rights on arrest, what happens at the police station and the implications of getting a conviction.

An Activist’s Guide to the Law
SM2, Tue, 14:30-16:00

Come to this workshop to find out about the most likely offences that activists get arrested for, your rights on arrest, what happens at the police station and the implications of getting a conviction.

Legal Observer Training
SM2, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Legal observer training for the Camp and October’s action.

Legal Observer Training
Space 9, Sat, 16:30-18:30

Legal observer training for the Camp and October’s action.

Legal Observer Training
Space 9, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Legal observer training for the Camp and October’s action.

DIY Media for Activists
Media Circus, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Basic Activist Media Training
Media Circus, Sat, 14:30-16:00

This workshop designed for affinity groups will cover the basics you need to know to get the world talking about your action. Be the Media through online activist communities and web tools, learn to write press releases that will grab attention (and maybe headlines!), get your message through in tricky interviews, and more.

Basic Activist Media Training
Media Circus, Sun, 14:30-16:00

This workshop designed for affinity groups will cover the basics you need to know to get the world talking about your action. Be the Media through online activist communities and web tools, learn to write press releases that will grab attention (and maybe headlines!), get your message through in tricky interviews, and more.

Basic Activist Media Training
Media Circus, Mon, 14:30-16:00

This workshop designed for affinity groups will cover the basics you need to know to get the world talking about your action. Be the Media through online activist communities and web tools, learn to write press releases that will grab attention (and maybe headlines!), get your message through in tricky interviews, and more.

Navigating Mainstream Media
Media Circus, Mon, 10:30-11:30

This workshop focuses on navigating the bizarre and dangerous world of mainstream media. Landing a television interview or a national newspaper piece can be your best chance to reach out to the broadest audience – some old hands from the camp Media Team will help you learn how to use it!

Activists’ Practical Self-defence
SM2, Mon, 12:00-13:00

Relying on technique rather than strength, learn how to get out of grips and avoid certain weapons that activists may be faced with. I have developed pacifist techniques as well for anyone wanting to avoid inflicting harm on their aggressor.

Training: How to use tripods
Field, Mon, 16:30-18:30

Learn how to climb a tripod – an iconic symbol of the camp for climate action, and handy for securing occupations and blockades.

Bicycology on Cycle Activism
MM3, Mon, 16:30-18:30

Cycle activism derived from Bicycology’s experience, and where to take it in the future, including a Q and A session and ideas for future Bike Actions.

Facilitating Effective and Fun Meetings
MM4, Mon, 16:30-18:30

The workshop will help you understand the role facilitation plays in creating participative and productive meetings, and equip you with some tools and techniques to be an effective facilitator.

Lights, Camera, Direct Action
Media Circus, Sat, 10:30-11:30

Advice on filming direct action: good video footage of an action can help catapult it as a news story, as well as preserve it’s place in the greater narrative. This workshop will look at the things that need to be considered when filming secretly planned direct actions. From security protocols, to tape running, to dealing with the police, the aim of the discussion is to empower you to record and amplify the message.

Fitwatch: stopping the cops behind the cameras
Field, Sat, 14:30-16:00

This workshop will include information about individual members of the Forward Intelligence Team (FIT), your rights in relation to intelligence gathering, and a discussion of some of the counter-surveillance tactics we can use. It will be a practical workshop including legal briefings, skill sharing, and an optional field trip to meet the FIT

Consensus Decision Making: what is it and how do we do it?
SM1, Sat, 16:30-18:30

This workshop, facilitated by Seeds for Change, will help you understand the consensus decision making process and why its used at Climate Camp and equip you with some tools and techniques to be an effective participant and facilitator of the consensus process.

How to Communicate Climate Science
MM4, Sat, 16:30-18:30

Confused about cumulative carbon budgets? Need to explain permafrost to your mum? Planning an action and want to sound knowledgeable on Newsnight? …understanding the basics of current issues in climate science is the starting place – and sharing experiences of how we talk about why we do what we do is the way to get it right. This workshop – plus Climate Science for Beginners – will set you off on the right track. Rich and Christian don’t have all the answers, but they’ve been thinking and writing about this stuff for quite a while. Join them for a participatory workshop about climate science, communicating well, and people to share their expertise. With bad jokes.

How to Communicate Climate Science
SM1, Mon, 14:30-16:30

Confused about cumulative carbon budgets? Need to explain permafrost to your mum? Planning an action and want to sound knowledgeable on Newsnight? …understanding the basics of current issues in climate science is the starting place – and sharing experiences of how we talk about why we do what we do is the way to get it right. This workshop – plus Climate Science for Beginners – will set you off on the right track. Rich and Christian don’t have all the answers, but they’ve been thinking and writing about this stuff for quite a while. Join them for a participatory workshop about climate science, communicating well, and people to share their expertise. With bad jokes.

Indymedia
Media Circus, Sun, 10:30-11:30

dymedia – DIY Reporting of Climate Camp + More Find out more about participating in Indymedia – a network of over one hundred alternative diy media collectives around the world. Meet people involved locally here in the uk and plan more coverage of Climate Camp and other movements.

Burnout & Sustainable Activism
SM2, Sun, 14:30-16:00

We talk about sustainable living, but in truth, how sustainable is our movement? Many of the people involved in the organisation of the first Climate Camps no longer seem to be around. Why is this? How do the ways in which we organise contribute to the fact that every year our communities lose many committed activists? This workshop will explore these questions and share practical ideas for dealing with stress and burnout, as well as how we can better support each other.

Direct action and comms training
London, Tue, 10:30-11:30

Debriefing Arrest Experiences – learn from each other
Space 9, Tue, 14:30-16:00

Learn from each others’ arrest experiences – whether you have been arrested before or not, come along and listen and share your experiences. What worked well? What didn’t? The aim is mutual learning and to collect helpful personal accounts to illustrate an arrest guide for activists.

Research and Destroy: resisting corporate rule
SM1, Tue, 16:30-18:30

Corporations influence every aspect of our everyday lives. They dominate politics and the media and are the only true citizen. The rights of corporations take precedence over human rights and the rights of the planet itself. If you’re campaigning against corporate power, the success or failure of your campaign will depend on the information at your disposal. Whether you want to pay the company’s office a visit, target its directors or shareholders, or produce a hard-hitting leaflet, you’ll need to know your way around researching companies. This workshop will provide a forum to discuss DIY research.

Following Up an Action: how to do FOI requests
SM2, Tue, 16:30-18:30

Making Freedom of Information and Data Protection requests: how to follow the information trail.

ART
Art Not Oil: using our creativity to resist oil industry sponsorship of the arts
Cinema, Fri, 10:30-11:30

This workshop will tell the 6 year story of Art Not Oil – how it has combined confrontation with our own exhibition of oily and related art, and how it has spearheaded (and succeeded in) the campaign to get Shell kicked out as sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Then we will look at ways to raise the pressure on cultural institutions, to elicit and showcase even more resistance-fuelled art, and to keep the project closely-connected to the irrepressible emerging mass movement for climate justice.

Singing to Mourn, to Celebrate and to Resist
SM2, Fri, 12:00-13:00

Singing and playing music can help us to get to grips with the feelings of sadness, rage and emptiness that climate change triggers, but which we sometimes leave buried. Singing and playing music can also make our resistance more joyous and more powerful. This workshop will consist of about 8% speaking and about 92% singing and playing, and will be geared in part towards learning and/or writing some songs to sing on the day(s) of action.

Sing and Dance for Change!
SM1, Mon, 12:00-13:00

Participation workshop in creating chants, alternative lyrics to popular songs, and street choreography. Objective is to develop positive and telegenic public spectacles that diffuse aggression.

S C A T T E R: the environmental theatre project
London, Sat, 10:30-11:30

This workshop will be hands-on and energetic. Participants will be asked to engage with a wide range of materials – from statistics and documentary to music and physical objects. We will then help participants to devise short pieces of theatre, which they can then take back to their local communities. This is about creating politically-engaged theatre, not propaganda.

Calling All Creatives: site specific art
SM2, Sat, 12:00-13:00

A workshop that may lead to the formation of a group at the climate camp to work on site-specific performances and installations involving reinvention of ceremony and ritual, using sculpture/3D, performance, sound, fire, water and people to ‘activate’ the site. To bring the camp into a closer relationship with the phenomena of the natural world. A collaborative, consensual creative group process that could lead anywhere or nowhere. An activation of the site through voice, music, performance, installation and ritual.

Interactive Theatre on Climate Justice
SM1, Sat, 14:30-16:00

2% of fear and desire. A fun but challenging interactive show that uses Augusto Boal’s Cop in the Head techniques helps examine what stops people taking effective action on climate change.

DIY or die
DIY Radio with Dissident Island
Own Space, Fri, 14:30-16:00

how to set up internet radio, how to find content and produce shows. Dissident Island Radio (the team that produced Climate Camp Radio 2008) will be broadcasting live, again, from the Camp for Climate Action UK 2009. So first off, before heading down on the Wednesday, chuck a radio in your rucksack so you can tune in! We’ll be broadcasting on an FM frequency to be announced and you won’t want to miss it… The shows will include camp news and announcements, happenings on and off the camp, music, as well as discussions and interviews on relevant issues of climate chaos, social struggles, direct action and more. We welcome people who want to ‘Be the Media’ by helping with production and / or providing audio; so swing by the radio tent if you would like to get involved or come meet us at our DIY radio workshop at the camp on Fri at 2:30pm. The shows will be streamed to the internet and made available on the Climate Camp website as well as other alternative media sources. It will also
be archived and available for download or podcast as well, so there’s no excuse for missing it. Without doubt it’ll be some of the coolest shit on site, so listen online or bring a radio to the camp and tune in! http://www.dissidentisland.org

How to Save4 Tonnes of Carbon: practical action
MM4, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Don’t feel powerless and overwhelmed by climate change: take practical steps to personal direct action. Discuss practical actions to Save 4 Tonnes of Carbon – At Home, Travel, Food, Stuff. How too tools and techniques – inspire others. Skill – sharing – learn from each other.

12v pedal powered sound systems
Field (bicycology tent), Fri, 16:30-18:30

Bicycology presents a Pedal Power skillshare and how to build a 12v soundsystem

Making Your Community Sustainable
MM3, Mon, 14:30-16:00

How do we involve and empower our neighbours and our communities to work together towards a sustainable future? Transition groups, low carbon communities, environmental forums, and climate change campaigns are being formed everywhere. What kind of activities, organisation, publicity and projects work best? How can we create an inspiring grass roots movement of billions of ordinary people to effect real change? A forum / go round to share ideas and experiences from our own local areas. Facilitated by a member of Sustainable Haringey.

Home Compost & Wormery Demo
Field, Sat, 10:30-11:30

An Easy demonstration on composting and using a wormery at home to creat less waste in your bin!

DIY Wind Power: building our own generators
Field, Sat, 16:30-18:30

A short, practical introduction to DIY wind power and the potential for building our own generators.

Vegan for the Planet
MM2, Sun, 10:30-11:30

The production of animals as food is a massive industry which contributes to energy inefficiency, ecosystem damage and climate change. What can you do about it? Go vegan!

Setting up Eco Villages and Land Projects
London, Sun, 14:30-16:00

A look at how we can set up eco villages in cities and eco projects in rural areas; how we learn from each other, and building the network.

Compost Toilets and Grey Water Recycling
Field, Sun, 14:30-16:00

An introduction to ecological sanitation; reed beds, grey water systems and compost toilets. Understand the principles behind treating water for drinking and disposal, and how best to manage human waste. The session will culminate in a chance to design your own system. Grace has worked for various ecocentres focusing on ecological water supply and sanitation, and woodland management. She currently works in the biology department at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales.

Making Terrapreta black earth from DIY Rocket Stove charcoal and manure
Field, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Making a diy winiarski rocket stove. How to use it for cooking/heating, and make copious amounts of the charcoal at the same time. How to ‘charge’ charcoal to make it into a biochar. How to make terra-preta (the ancient human made amazonian super soil) for super productive beds

Intro to Permaculture
Cinema, Tue, 10:30-11:30

As the heat from this industrial growth society unravels natures life web, come and find out how permaculture returns to learn from natural systems, creating resilient, adaptable, practical tools to address the causes and effects of climate change. The speaker will be ze great Nicole Freris from Naturewise.

Creating Local Food Projects – what’s out there and where you can begin.
London, Tue, 14:30-16:00

The purpose of the workshop is to inspire participants with stories of existing local food projects across the Transition Network and beyond, followed by group work to conjure up yet more creative edible ideas.

For Kids
Elder (part 1): Wooden pencil making and whittling freeplay
Kids’ Space, Fri, 10:30-11:30

Learn about the folklore of Elder, make beads/necklaces from its wood, and colour your necklace using Elder’s own natural dyes. (Plus: Whittling freeplay)

Kids’ make the space yours!
Kids’ Space, Fri, 12:00-13:00

Help decorate your kidspace! Setting up a free-play environment curtain (an ongoing display contributed to by kids to learn about our environment and reducing waste), and other decorations etc

Consensus decision making for kids
Kids’ Space, Fri, 14:30-16:00

A mix of different games that emphasize cooperation and participatory decisions.

The big Kids’ Space meeting
Kids’ Space, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Help us shape the space for the week. Children, get your voice heard!

Eco-Feminist Story Telling (Part 1)
Kids’ Space, Mon, 10:30-11:30

We will read some eco-feminist stories for children, and then you will get a chance to create your own story! We will play ‘circle stories’ and each child will add to the collective story line-by-line. We will write down the story, and it can be illustrated and printed within a zine. We can make puppets and act out our story too!

Eco-Feminist Story Telling (Part 2)
Kids’ Space, Mon, 12:00-13:00

We will read some eco-feminist stories for children, and then you will get a chance to create your own story! We will play ‘circle stories’ and each child will add to the collective story line-by-line. We will write down the story, and it can be illustrated and printed within a zine. We can make puppets and act out our story too!

Bike Maintenance for kids
Kids’ Space, Mon, 14:30-16:00

Learn some basic bike maintenance skills.

Sing and dance for change!
Kids’ Space, Mon, 16:30-18:30

Butterfly & bee-making with felt (part 1)
Kids’ Space, Sat, 10:30-13:00

Waldorf-inspired crafts especially suited to younger children. Learn about the world of bees and butterflies as you create them.

Elder (part 2): Wooden bead making and whittling freeplay
Kids’ Space, Sat, 10:30-13:00

Learn about the folklore of Elder, make beads/necklaces from its wood, and colour your necklace using Elder’s own natural dyes. (Plus: Whittling freeplay)

Wooden Pencil Meditation
Kids’ Space, Sat, 14:30-16:00

A very simple exercise that raises awareness on how goods are being produced, understanding the facts and consequences of excess consumerism and the `butterfly effect’.

Elder: Zine-making
Kids’ Space, Sat, 14:30-16:00

Contribute to a zine that we will distribute at the end of the week. Creative free expression for all!

What is Climate Change?
Kids’ Space, Sat, 16:30-18:30

Learn about climate change in a fun and interactive way.

Butterfly & bee-making with felt (part 2)
Kids’ Space, Sun, 10:30-13:00

Waldorf-inspired crafts especially suited to younger children. Learn about the world of bees and butterflies as you create them.

Elder: leaf crowns & rainbow bracelets
Kids’ Space, Sun, 10:30-13:00

Using what you can find around the kidspace area decorate a crown or bracelet. (Will be adaptable depending on the site)

Wooden Pencil Meditation
Kids’ Space, Sun, 14:30-16:00

A very simple exercise that raises awareness on how goods are being produced, understanding the facts and consequences of excess consumerism and the `butterfly effect’.

Elder: Zine-making
Kids’ Space, Sun, 14:30-16:00

Contribute to a zine that we will distribute at the end of the week. Creative free expression for all!

Songs about Sustainability
Kids’ Space, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Project Earth Rock is a new music curriculum designed to teach primary school children about sustainability and climate change. The songs are catchy, entertaining and informative. Come with a child or without, learn a song and write your own!

The Big Circus Skillshare
Kids’ Space, Tue, 10:30-13:00

Fancy trying your hand at hoola-hooping or juggling ? Want to learn some magic tricks or bendy gymnastics? Whatever your age, come and learn or share a skill.

Seedbomb Making
Kids’ Space, Tue, 14:30-16:00

Guerilla gardeners’ favourite weapon! A quick and easy way of improving the landscape, great fun for children to make. Warning: expect messy hands!

Zine-finishing and distribution
Kids’ Space, Tue, 16:30-18:30

Contribute to a zine that we will distribute at the end of the week. Creative free expression for all!

Movement/Current Campaigns
Feedback from Scotland Camp for Climate Action
Space 9, Fri, 10:30-11:30

Indigenous Peoples Resistance to our High Carbon Economy
MM1, Fri, 16:30-18:30

Around the world Indigenous Peoples have long been resisting efforts by corporations and governments to cut down their forests for timber or to make way for mines, dams and other destructive projects. Indigenous networks to resist expansion of extractive industries (mining oil etc) are growing and gaining ground. Indigenous Peoples lifestyles offer real alternatives to our failed model. There is a basis and a need for solidarity and cooperation. We will share information and ideas and ways to link and act together on shared concerns.

No Borders, Environmental Movements and COP 15
Space 9, Cancelled, Cancelled

Workshop summary: As we move towards the COP-15 in Copenhagen this December it is vital that alliances are formed between environmental activists and other global justice movements. Members of Manchester No-Borders will discuss our commonalities with relation to environment justice and the freedom of movement. The workshop will argue that our movements must share a common rooting in anti-capitalism in order to successfully work together.

The Fight Against Heathrow & the Third Runway
MM3, Fri, 16:30-18:30

The Heathrow campaigners feel they are on the brink of a famous victory against the third runway. John Stewart will outline the factors that have brought this about, including the important role played by the Climate Camp at Heathrow two years ago.

Smash EDO – Deccommissioning the Arms Trade
MM2, Mon, 10:30-11:30

Smash EDO has been campaigning to close down EDO MBM/ITT for over 5 years. Our campaign has encompassed diverse forms of direct action. in 2008/9 Smash EDO organised three highly successful mass demos where thousands of people have, quite literally, smashed EDO. In January this year, as the bombs rained down on Gaza, 6 people broke into the EDO factory and caused £300 000 of damage. They are arguing that they had lawful excuse to take their action. The workshop will discuss how to support the campaign and the growing network of anti-militarist groups around the UK.

Confronting the Backlash on Feminism
Space 9, Mon, 10:30-11:30

“I’ll be post-feminist in the post-patriarchy”. A workshop on the reasons for feminism now and the actions various groups have taken. Including action planning and invisible theatre.

Plane Stupid
London, Mon, 14:30-16:00

A workshop about the strategic sense of focusing on aviation and the practical targets it provides, a bit of history, and some future brainstorm stuff.

Save Vestas – fight to save a wind turbine factory
Cinema, Mon, 14:30-16:00

A workshop about the experiences and lessons learnt from the fight to save the wind farm factory on the Isle of Wight, ending with an practical planning session to coordinate support for the ongoing campaign.

Rossport Solidarity: resisting the Corrib gas pipeline
MM2, Sat, 10:30-11:30

Intro to the history, background and context of the on going community struggle against Shell’s plans to build a gas pipeline through a small community in the northwest of Ireland as part of the Corrib Gas Project. And a call out for people to travel to the camp or take autonomous actions.

DSEi 2009: 8th September, City of London. Destroy the Banks! Destroy the Investors! Destroy the Arms Trade
MM4, Sat, 14:30-16:00

This year’s DSEi will be making the link between climate chage and the arms trade. Come to the workshop , find out more, get involved, and let’s hold the investors accountable for the death and destruction they cause worldwide!

Climate Camp in the City: G20 protests debrief
Cinema, Sat, 14:30-16:00

Were you there when we pitched our tents on Bishops Gate outside the European Carbon Exchange? Come to this meeting to evaluate what worked, what didn’t and how we can learn from the experience.

Climate Justice: Views from the global South
London, Sat, 16:30-18:30

This workshop will cover the following themes: • The injustice of climate change: the rich are responsible but the poor suffer, and the concept of climate debt • What campaigners, governments and social movements in the global South are doing and demanding around climate change – ‘climate justice’. This will seek to represent a range of perspectives, from what southern governments are saying in international negotiations, to what peasant farmers are demanding in Indonesia. Nick Deardon from Jubillee Debt Campaignb, and Tim Jones from World Development

Stopping the Tar Sands Catastrophe
SM2, Sat, 16:30-18:30

“The tar sands development in Alberta, Canada, has been called ‘the biggest environmental crime in history’: – Millions of barrels of oil a day are now being extracted from what is currently the largest industrial development in the world. The toxic tailings ponds are so huge they are visible from space. – It is the filthiest, most resource intensive, most polluting source of oil on the planet, and it is poisoning the indigenous people on whose land it has been imposed. – If all the permits for extraction granted by the Canadian Government are fulfilled, there would be a hike in CO2 from this alone that would be enough to push the world past the 2 degrees C threshold that will precipitate catastrophic climate change. – Tar Sands is the central plank to the US’s plans for ‘energy independence’, and expansion plans over the next decades are mind-boggling. – While it’s happening in Canada, it’s being driven from the square mile. Shell and BP, whilst continuing to trumpet their green
credentials, are up to their necks in it, backed by the full financial weight of the City’s investors, including RBS, HSBC and Barclays. And yet hardly anyone in the UK knows about it. We need to build a powerful UK campaign to stop the tar sands. Come to this workshop to meet indigenous tar sands activists from Alberta, learn about what’s happening to their homeland, and get involved in the campaign.”

Introduction to Copenhagen
MM3, Sun, 10:20-11:30

ntroduction to Copenhagen The Climate Summit at Copenhagen this December has been described as everything from the Most Important Climate Meeting Ever to an illegitimate talking shop that’s likely to make the problem worse. But what’s actually on the agenda? This workshop will cover: What the international climate negotiations were meant to be, and what they have become; what’s being discussed at Copenhagen; and anything else you want to know about the ins and outs of the international climate talks.

Homeless and Unemployed Fight Back in London
London, Sun, 10:30-11:30

The homeless community and unemployed workers are fighting back through London Coalition Against Poverty. We are fighting for what we are entitled to in law and beyond by coming together in spite of a system that always aims to keep us apart. Important victories have been won, lessons have been learned and irreversable connections have been made. Having started in Hackney, LCAP is growing across London boroughs and springing up in other cities. Come and find out how you can bring this form of organising to your community.

Copenhagen Mobilisation Planning
Space 9, Sun, 12:00-13:00

Resistance in the Americas: Ecuador and Colombia
SM2, Sun, 16:30-18:30

This workshop will cover the resistance to the fossil fuel industry in both Ecuador and Colombia. First, it will breifly explain Ecuador’s history and resistance, share with you ‘Sumac Kawsay’ the struggle against a new road in Ecuador and a short update about the Ecuadorian Climate Camp. The second part of the workshops will cover a specific case of British-connected coal mining in Colombia, the forced removals of farming and fishing communities which occurred, and the campaigns of affected communities for relocation to decent agricultural land.

Planning for Drax’s closure in the next 10 years
SM1, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Drax is the largest source of carbon emissions in the uk. Its impact is now known to be huge: it is responsible for 180 deaths a year, £3m a day costs in the UK, and the death of 1200 species over its lifetime. Drax is set to be decommissioned by 2038 by the latest, and in the meantime it has no plan to significantly reduce its emissions or adopt carbon capture and storage. Given that Drax’s huge emissions are pushing us quickly towards runaway climate change, it cannot be allowed to exist till the 2030s, and it is a significant obstacle to the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. To give us a fighting chance at saving humanity, Drax, and other carbon dinosaurs like it, need to be phased out over the next 10 years. This workshop will discuss why and how in more detail and call for a growing campaign to close Drax in the next 10 years.

Sueing the Government & the RBS Judicial Review
MM2, Sun, 16:30-18:30

In June, PLATFORM, WDM and People & Planet launched a court case against the Treasury over the lack of environmental considerations in the investment framework laid out for the recapitalised banks. What hope do small, under-resourced organsiations have in taking on the legal might of the government and what do they hope to achieve by it? Demystifying the judicial review process, this workshop will look at the campaigning strategy behind a legal process which attempts to hold the government to account.

Movement/Copenhagen and Beyond
Climate Justice: Copenhagen and Beyond
Plenary, Sun, 20-22

This session will bring an international dimension to the London Climate Camp. With less than four months to go, the Copenhagen climate talks are being touted as the world’s only chance to prevent climate disaster. Yet it is already clear that this fatally flawed process cannot and will not deliver effective climate solutions nor bring about climate justice. So what will? This plenary will focus on how grassroots movements can seize the initiative and create real and just solutions to climate change, and what role the UK Climate Camp movement can play in this international struggle.

Student Action
Student Activism: from past to present
Student Space, Fri, 10:30-11:30

As long as there have been students there has been student protest and activism. Student agency has played an important role in many social movements which have shaped our world. From medieval university strikes through to the 68 student uprisings and the student activism which helped topple Milošević in 1997. This participative workshop will guide you through the history of student protest looking at key events, as well as reflecting on what the future holds for student agitation.

A guide to Non-violent Direct Action (NVDA) on Campus
Student Space, Fri, 14:30-16:00

A participative workshop covering the basics of NVDA training, whilst also the specifics relating to taking action on campus. Such as especially effective actions to take on campus, what the law means on campus, and how security and the university management are likely to respond. This workshop aims to give you the confidence and skills to carry out NVDA on your campus come September.

Can we Build a Strong Student Movement?
Student Space, Mon, 10:30-11:30

The student movement has historically been a force to be reckoned with and globally still is but in the UK today the student movement is encapsulated by student unions dominated by the narrow interests of their bureaucracies and an NUS which lacks real democratic structures. Come and discuss how we can take the energy of climate camp, as well as all that we’ve learnt during the week and forge a strong campaigning movement which will once again be a strong and active voice in the long march for social justice both in the UK and globally.

Planning a Student Climate Action for the Autumn
Student Space, Mon, 14:30-16:00

An open forum for planning the best ways to get fellow students passionate and informed about climate change and involved in actions and solutions.

Tarsands: Action planning with indigenous activists
Student Space, Mon, 16:30-18:30

Come and build solidarity with First Nation activists from Canada. Help us plan big student action in the Autumn to stop RBS and HM Treasury investing public money in destructive tarsands projects.

What Students can do about Copenhagen
Student Space, Sat, 10:30-11:30

Between the 7th and 18th of December, 2009 the governments of the world will come to Copenhagen for the fifteenth UN Climate Conference (COP-15). This will be the biggest summit on climate change ever to have taken place. Yet, previous meetings have produced nothing more than business as usual. Representatives from UK Youth Climate Coalition, Climate Camp, Stop Climate Chaos and People & Planet will briefly outline what their organisations will be doing in the run up, as well as during the Copenhagen summit. The session will then be opened up for a facilitated open discussion on what students could best do and how.

Students Mobilise Students
Student Space, Sat, 16:30-18:30

An open forum for discussing the best ways to get fellow students passionate and informed about climate change and involved in actions and solutions.

Everything you Need to Know to Occupy your University
Student Space, Sun, 10:30-11:30

Occupations are back in vogue and this participative workshop – run by a student involved in organising the Cardiff University occupation in February of this year- will give a you step by step guide to practical knowledge of what you need to do to successfully occupy your university.

Practical Projects for Greening Universities
Student Space, Sun, 14:30-16:00

Universities are facing tough national targets and student pressure to cut carbon quick. Come find out how to help your university transition to a low-carbon, lower-energy future through community-driven practical initiatives. Bring your ideas, experiences and thinking caps.

People and Planet Network Direct Action Planning
Student Space, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Last year People & Planet Associated Network for Direct Action (PANDA) did a great action during Climate Camp. Just over twenty students took part in a creative die-in / blockade of RBS HQ complete with oil slicks and narrating death. It was a really fun action and created lots of disruption for RBS and got us some media attention. The action was planned and taken during the Climate Camp itself. This year we’re hoping that another PANDA action will take place at Climate Camp so if you’d like to be part of a fun affinity action with other P&Pers please come along and plan an action for the following Tue or weds.

Future Scenarios
Heatwaves, Malaria, Flash Floods: climate change and our health
MM3, Fri, 10:30-11:30

How is climate change currently affecting health globally? And how will it in the future? Six key pathways are explored: changing disease patterns, food security, water, shelter and human settlements, extreme climatic events, population growth and migration. Join us, from the Medsin Healthy Planet campaign, to find out more.

Biofuels: a climate and humanitarian disaster
SM2, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Industrial biofuels (agrofuels) and large-scale biomass for power generation are seen by Government as a green solution. Yet both have been closely linked to destruction of ecosystems, and agrofuels to the eviction of communities and massive food poverty. This workshop overviews the evidence and considers the case for ‘sustainable’ biofuels and bioenergy. Campaign opportunities will also be discussed.

UBUNTU Holistic Planet Repairs: The Pan-AFrikan Way Out of the World Crises
SM1, Fri, 14:30-16:00

Explanation and discussion of UBUNTU Holistic Planet Repairs as the Pan-AFrikan revolutionary way out of the crises of Maldevelopment to avert Climate Chaos and to achieve Sustainable World Development in furtherance of Global Justice. Expected outcome: planning with PRYPAC/ASASEYAAMMA guidance for UBUNTU Internationalist Solidarity Action locally, nationally and globally.

The Future of Coal
London, Fri, 10:30-11:30

In December 2006, a little known energy company named EON put in an application to a local Kent district council to build a brand new coal fired power station down at Kingsnorth in Kent. At the time, EON expected the application to be fast tracked through the planning process and for construction to start in 2009. Since then, a unique coalition of groups and interests have come together to bring the plans for Kingsnorth to a standstill, making it the fulcrum of one of the most iconic climate change campaigns anywhere in the world. Come to the workshop on the future of coal to find out how the campaign developed, and where we go from here to rule out climate damaging emissions from new coal fired power stations for good. Jim Footner is an energy campaigner for Greenpeace UK, and has led the Greenpeace Kingsnorth campaign since it’s beginning in January 2007.

The Future of Energy: in a time of peak oil, climate change and economics collapse
MM1+2, Mon, 16:30-18:30

How can we best meet our energy needs in the context of peak oil, climate change and economic instability? Joining us to share some hopeful visions and inspiring experiences is Jeremy Leggett, social entrepreneur and founder of SolarCentury and the charity SolarAid; Vicky Johnson, climate change researcher for the New Economic Foundation, Shaun Chamberlain, author of the Transition Timeline; Adam Kennerley, founder of the Wastless Society

GM crops: Food security & human welfare
Space 9, Sat, 10:30-11:30

A distinguished theory of famine provides a backdrop to a particular critical way of thinking about the nature of the market economy and its provision of basic needs. The workshop highlights the myriad of potential hindrances on the ability for the poor to feed themselves, and how the corporate GM crop could make this worse.

If Nuclear is the Answer, you’re asking the wrong question
MM2, Sat, 14:30-16:00

The ‘Nuclear Rennaisance’ is upon us. Most people within our movement instinctively distrust nuclear power, but some people, including several prominent environmetalists are challenging that stance. How should we respond to those who present nuclear as the solution to climate change? This workshop will discuss the politics and costs of nuclear power, as well as issues around waste and proliferation.

Technofixes – understanding the false solutions
SM2, Sat, 14:30-16:00

For governments and corporations, technology is central to solving climate change. Many of these technologies are ‘false solutions’ and won’t help us – or will make matters worse. Technology is important but techno-fixation isn’t. A real solution needs change to be social, economic and political as well as technological.

Climate Science for Beginners
Space 9, Sat, 14:30-16:00

“Climate Science 101- Climate Change for beginners. A crash course in the basic mechanisms behind Climate Change, a disscussion of potential impacts and future projections from the IPCC, and how the observed data is showing it’s much worse than we thought. Also a quick guide to climate sceptic arguments and how to answer these.”

Green Authoritarianism: Can we save the planet without surrendering our liberty?
MM1 + 2, Sat, 16:30-18:30

From the ‘greening of immigration controls’ to diktats to eat less, work more, pay extra for energy and waste, Shift Magazine facilitate a participant-led discussion debating the dangers of lending support to state-led ‘solutions’ to the environmental crisis. Which challenges do we face managing a radical ecology from the grassroots against mainstream environmental discources such as austerity politics and more social control? How do we respond to those who have resigned themselves to demanding top-down government policies from increased taxation and surveillance to carbon rationing and population management?

Energy Plans That Add Up: positive solutions
MM1, Sun, 16:30-18:30

Come and develop national energy plans we can say yes to, through group discussions and games, based on information about UK energy resources and what it would mean for people’s everyday life to use less. Your ideas will be turned into an outreach resource to answer the accusation that environmentalists say no to everything.

Future Scenarios: Science, Permaculture and Economics
London, Mon, 10:30-11:30

Exploring future scenarios in the context of climate change. Various futures as predicted through three lenses: science, permaculture and economics. Based on the work of Six Degrees author Mark Lynas, permaculturalist David Holmgren, eco-economist Herman Daly as illustrated by artists for the traveling exhibition: Futures Scenarios.

The Transition Timeline and Direct Action
Space 9, Sun, 14:30-16:00

An introduction to the Transition Town model, including an exploration of the assumptions, principles and strategies involved and some examples of Transition Towns and their projects.

Climate Science for Beginners
Cinema, Sun, 14:30-16:00

“Climate Science 101- Climate Change for beginners. A crash course in the basic mechanisms behind Climate Change, a disscussion of potential impacts and future projections from the IPCC, and how the observed data is showing it’s much worse than we thought. Also a quick guide to climate sceptic arguments and how to answer these.”

If not Carbon Trading, then what?
MM4, Sun, 16:30-18:30

We know the European Trading Scheme is a disaster, and Kyoto was a joke. But is it possible to design a carbon descent framework which would guarantee equity as well as the necessary carbon reductions? If so, what would it look like? And what possible steps could an activist/campaigner take to get us closer to this ideal? Is it worth our precious time thinking about this nerdy stuff at all? This is a mini-plenary discussion with Charlie Kronick (Greenpeace’s senior climate advisor), Ruth Davies (head of climate change policy at RSPB), Oliver Tickell (architect of the “Kyoto 2” initiative), Niel Bowerman (advocate for Contraction & Convergence), and Shaun Chamberlin (advocate for Tradable Energy Quotas).

Movement
Small is Beautiful: should we be doing more affinity group actions?
MM4, Fri, 10:30-11:30

This workshop aims to stimulate discussion about the benefits and effectiveness of affinity group actions, and to compare these with mass actions and their benefits.

Animal Rights
MM3, Mon, 1030-11.30

Lessons from the Animal Rights Movement (NETCU)
MM1, Mon, 14:30-16:00

NETCU’s tactics and formation of Netcu Watch and other methods of curbing police repression e.g suing, complaints etc. SOCPA 145/146 as used against Sequani protestors Use of conspiracy and blackmail charges against activists at SHAC trial Use of miscellaneous tactics; shutting down po boxes, stopping at ports under the terrorism act, asbos, general disruption of legal activities, etc. Vilification of animal rights protestors in the press to allow a free reign to the police, CPS and judges Tactics used against animal abuse effective and non effective Wider discussion as to why animal rights people are always seen as extremists and the use of the word “extremist” by the police to vilify protestors.

What Drives Our Activism: an exploration
SM2, Mon, 14:30-16:00

This workshop will provide a forum for exploring the deepest moral and/or spiritual convictions driving our activism.

10 Years on from Seattle: anti-capitalism, where now?
SM1, Mon, 16:30-18:30

10 years ago, mass protests rocked the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle and inspired thousands of people to organise against not just injustice, but capitalism itself. Now with financial and climate crises threatening our futures, how can we build an effective anti-capitalist left, what should it look like, and what are the lessons of the last 10 years of organising?

Composting the Capitalist State – how we can, why we must
Cinema, Sat, 10:30-11:30

The workshop will be about how the capitalist state stands between us and a sustainable future. It will argue that creating a new democratic, transitional state is the key to liberating nature from corporate pillaging and outline how a new set-up might work. This is especially important as more and more people reject parliamentary politics and parties and are looking for new democratic solutions. Also, the attacks on recent Climate Camps and the G20 protests confirm that this state is deaf to protest and not for turning. The state, capitalism, revolution, democracy, corporate power, police

Climate Action and Anti-Capitalism
MM1, Sat, 14:30-16:00

This workshop will discuss issues relating climate action to the wider social struggles against capitalism. This will be both a critique on the limitations of our current approaches and an attempt to broaden our movement while maintaining our radical analysis.

Art or Protest or Both? Can we combine creative means with politics?
MM3, Sat, 14:30-16:00

Exploring through discussion and practice how ethics and aesthetics are intertwined, this workshop is open to all who might consider their action as art and their art as action.

Women and the miners’ strike
Space 9, Sun, 10:30-11:30

When many women and feminist organisations first went to join picket lines and demonstrations in the great miners’ strike of 1984-85 they were met with appalling sexism. Likewise, the role of women in mining families up to that point had been one of housewives and mothers. However, the experience of the strike, the instrumental role played by women in organising, led to a huge shift in the attitudes of the [male] miners to women, and above all those womens’ attitudes to themselves and their role in society. What are the lessons now for bringing ecological politics into workers’ struggles where attitudes to the environment may be, right now fairly backward?

WHERE NOW?
MM, Tue, 10:30-11:30

Where now? Tue’s All-day Discussion in the Main Marquee: For one day only the main marquee will be dedicated to reviewing The Camp for Climate Action: our achievements, our process and our strategy over the last 4 years. As well as being an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work, movement building and action we’ve taken in the past, it will provide a space for reflection: a chance to have your say about the camp and hear what everybody else thinks. Do we need to work harder on our media image? Or are we too media obsessed? Are we too liberal, or too worried about being radical enough? Are we diverse enough? Have we become consumerist? Should we be working with NGO’s? Why does it matter? And who are ‘we’, anyway? Does our organising process reflect our politics? Is it efficient? What can we do differently? What works? What do we love about what we do? Where do we go next? The day will be a mixture of small and large group work, mass plenaries, physical games, open space
discussions and inspiring presentations. Come with an open and positive mind, we need critique but not criticism, we want to build our movement not unravel it!

WHERE NOW?
MM, Tue, 14:30-16:00

Where now? Tue’s All-day Discussion in the Main Marquee: For one day only the main marquee will be dedicated to reviewing The Camp for Climate Action: our achievements, our process and our strategy over the last 4 years. As well as being an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work, movement building and action we’ve taken in the past, it will provide a space for reflection: a chance to have your say about the camp and hear what everybody else thinks. Do we need to work harder on our media image? Or are we too media obsessed? Are we too liberal, or too worried about being radical enough? Are we diverse enough? Have we become consumerist? Should we be working with NGO’s? Why does it matter? And who are ‘we’, anyway? Does our organising process reflect our politics? Is it efficient? What can we do differently? What works? What do we love about what we do? Where do we go next? The day will be a mixture of small and large group work, mass plenaries, physical games, open space
discussions and inspiring presentations. Come with an open and positive mind, we need critique but not criticism, we want to build our movement not unravel it!

WHERE NOW?
MM, Tue, 16:30-18:30

Where now? Tue’s All-day Discussion in the Main Marquee: For one day only the main marquee will be dedicated to reviewing The Camp for Climate Action: our achievements, our process and our strategy over the last 4 years. As well as being an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work, movement building and action we’ve taken in the past, it will provide a space for reflection: a chance to have your say about the camp and hear what everybody else thinks. Do we need to work harder on our media image? Or are we too media obsessed? Are we too liberal, or too worried about being radical enough? Are we diverse enough? Have we become consumerist? Should we be working with NGO’s? Why does it matter? And who are ‘we’, anyway? Does our organising process reflect our politics? Is it efficient? What can we do differently? What works? What do we love about what we do? Where do we go next? The day will be a mixture of small and large group work, mass plenaries, physical games, open space
discussions and inspiring presentations. Come with an open and positive mind, we need critique but not criticism, we want to build our movement not unravel it!

Earlybird
Yoga
SM1, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, 08:00-09:00

What it says on the tin: wake up with some relaxing, energising Yoga!

Chi Kung
SM2, Cancelled, Cancelled

Chi Kung works with the energy that in traditional Chinese medicine is called qi or chi, and is used in acupuncture, shiatsu, tai chi, chi kung and sei-ki; the scientist Rupert Sheldrake ~ Morphic Resonance ~ describes it as a field. Just as a magnetic field is anchored in a magnet, but extends beyond the physical form, the same with our own energy fields. (You don’t have to sign up to any belief system!) More practice than words as the yogis say ‘An ounce of theory and a ton of practice’.

Tai Chi
SM2, Cancelled, Cancelled

A brief introduction to the basics of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Meditation and Mindfulness
SM2, Sun, Tue, 08:00-09:00

A clear, simple introduction to the basics of meditation and mindfullness, dogma free, de-mystifying, a simple but effective technique to calm your mind and release stress.

Creative Visualisation
SM2, Mon, 08:00-09:00

A guided exercise in creating and using mental images and sensations.

Economics/Copenhagen and Beyond
Copenhagen and Carbon Trading – where did it all go horribly wrong
MM3, Sat, 16:30-18:30

What is going to be discussed at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December? What is carbon trading, and why should we care? What role does the European Union play? Discussions on a new global climate agreement are shrouded in a cloud of acronyms and obscure market schemes. This workshop decodes what is at stake in Copenhagen, exposing how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), sectoral carbon markets, and schemes aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) would exacerbate local social and environmental conflicts and incentivise land grabs whilst failing to tackle the climate crisis. It will then explore some alternatives needed to promote climate justice in the UK, the EU and beyond.

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