Daily Archives: August 29, 2009

The optimists

A couple of much more upbeat pieces in The Times:

Giles Hattersley: Why we are all climate camp followers now
(which wins the Bugle award for least imaginative headline).

As I walked up there, I did hear a load of people shouting “get a job” from the safety of their cars as they drove past the camp… Didn’t hear anyone reply “get a bike” though. The article also mentions the number of planes over Blackheath.

Jonathan Leake: From margin to mainstream
Claiming that the protest gives the government the “political space” that they require to get tough on climate change.

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A Better Class of Nutter

Well written analysis of the Climate Camp in the Torygraph, obsessing over class again.

It might appear typically British to obsess about class while the earth burns..

Yes, it does, now you come to mention it actually…

…but what seems to distinguish the colourfully attired protesters at the Climate Camp set up in south-east London from previous revolutionaries is the overwhelming dominance of posh, upper-middle-class white people.

And on on Mayor Bullock:

Bullock, a former van driver, neatly represents the class conflict between green campaigners and the working class, who tend to be apathetic about political protest of any sort, and especially the tree-hugging variety.

Interesting description on the tensions between the “Spikys” and the “Fluffys”. I definitely saw a few “Spikys” on the first day, but fewer today.

Already, however, the coalition had splintered. After Drax, the “spikys”, the more anarchic wing of the anti-capitalist movement, left in disillusionment at the pacifism of the “fluffys”. Last week, a “spiky” outfit known as the Whitechapel Anarchist Group – “the Wags” – objected to the Camp’s “fluffy” leaders meeting “the pigs”, as anarchists still call the police.

And then back to class again:

Yet the children of the privileged have often formed the nucleus of radical protest movements, from the student demos of 1968 back through the Suffragettes and the Chartists. Even the Peasants’ Revolt was not called that at the time (rather, “The Mad Multitude”), and its leaders were “middle-class” by today’s standards.

There does seem to be a competition running between the Mail and The Telegraph to see who can attract the most mental comments at the bottom of their articles…. Not like the Buglers of course…

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Wind Turbines Talk on Blackheath

Wind turbine talk at the Blackheath Climate Camp
I’ve just been to the wind turbines talk at the Climate Camp on Blackheath. It was really well attended. The organisation who ran the talks are called v3power.co.uk. They often run courses explaining how to build your own wind turbine, but they’ve never held one in London. If anyone is interested, they would need to find some workshop space for a 3 day course… It sounds great to me.

Anyway, below are my notes from the talk:
turbine_erectingAll the hand made turbines at the camp were based on Hugh Piggott’s books. He is seen as the master of handmade wind farms. His book costs £12. Older versions of his book are free to download as pdf files from the website.
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More maps of the Climate Camp

Hand Drawn Map of Climate Camp Blackheath 2009
Looking at the ad-hoc maps of the climate change camp in Blackheath is really interesting – here are some overlays of the hand-drawn maps versus the GPS trail that I made yesterday:

Here’s the hand drawn map overlaid onto Google Maps:
Clime Camp Blackheath Map 2009 overlaid on google maps

And here it is overlaid onto the GPS trail that I made yesterday:
GPS trail & Hand Drawn Map of Climate Camp Blackheath 2009

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Help out the Climate Change Camp – free your wifi this weekend!


If you live near the Climate Change camp, and have wifi, you can help the Climate Change protestors out by switching off your wifi password. It’s not that risky if you have decent security software on your PC, and its firewall is enabled – see this explanation.

Amelia Gregory, one of the organisers sent a message out, saying:

Well that was good. Have been totally unable to get online all morning til I discovered we have wi-Fi. Are police blocking me?!

Doubt they are being blocked, probably just a zillion wifi users all trying to connect to one router!

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