The Camden Green Party enjoyed hearing this week from two speakers Camp for Climate Action.
They outlined the four purposes of the informal grouping:
- * Movement Building
* Sustainable living – primarily through setting an example with the camp structures
* Direct Action
This year, they explained, rather than one large camps, there would be a number scattered around England, Scotland and Wales, to enable more people to get involved. In both Wales and Scotland open cut coal mining will be targeted.
The main camp, which would be situated with a view of London, would choose by vote the chief “climate criminal” to be targeted. This location would draw links between the current economic problems and the environmental – the fundamentally unsustainable structure of our economy.
They explained that the organisation runs entirely on voluntary effort, no one is paid, and all decisions are made by consensus. At the actual camps, neighbourhoods each have a daily meeting and then send a representative for a full camp meeting.
“We believe that we can’t leave tackling climate change to governments or corporations; what is needed is a social movement.”
There are now camps in 17 organisations worldwide, and a big presence is planned in Copenhagen.