London neighbourhood meeting to plan for the next climate camp, lets get this thing rolling!
The Camp for Climate Action was packed with workshops and debates, the camp was a space to pool knowledge, ideas and inspiration to tackle the greatest threat to life on Earth. Under the shadow of 12 huge cooling towers we converged to take action on the biggest CO2 emitter in northern Europe: Drax power station.
Advisory Service for Squatters are looking desperately for more volunteers and are putting on basic legal training for anyone wanting to volunteer with them or give advice elsewhere.
Sunday 19th November
Having attended the unveiling of the first of two creations commissioned by Remember Saro-Wiwa (see www.remembersarowiwa.com), London Rising Tiders headed across town to the Natural History Museum, to keep Saro-Wiwa's memory alive in a slightly more confrontational fashion inside the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
the old street shell petrol garage in london was closed down twice yesterday evening by protestors highlighting shell's repression of local people in county mayo, ireland, and linking it to the 11th anniversary of the murder of the ogoni 9 in nigeria, where shell is proven to have been involved in the killing of ken saro-wiwa.
On Friday, November 3rd, about a dozen people visited the Philippines embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens to highlight the case of the Sagada 11.
These are 11 young Filipinos involved in projects such as Food not Bombs and Earth First! and aged between 15-25, who were arrested on February 14th this year whilst hitchhiking to the Sagada mountains area to go hiking. They were brutally arrested without a warrant, taken to the station and tortured, and only found out later that they were being charged with involvement in a communist guerrilla attack on a military outpost a few days before.
ACTIVISTS INVADE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OFFICES IN SHORT-HAUL FLIGHTS PROTEST
This morning a group of London Rising Tide activists, in the guise of bean counting civil servants, gathered at inside the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority, brandishing a massive cheque for Â£9.2bn made out to the airline industry from the government regulator.
Next to Dalston Junction, on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, stand two Georgian houses dating from 1820. The adjacent building is currently occupied by the group Everything4Everyone but is facing imminent eviction â€“ and demolition. At the time of writing this report there is still no sign of the bailiffs, but helicopters fly over the buildings at all times, and cctv cameras pointing right at us.
Plane Stupid is calling for a day of action against short haul flights and short haul operators on November 6th, during the UN International Climate Talks in Nairobi. The day of action is two days after the mass event for climate action in London on November 4th, organised by Stop Climate Chaos and the Campaign Against Climate Change.
The demo was attended by about 40 people, not too bad for a weekday demo in inner city London (we chose to have the demo then so that we could get into the embassies.) Perhaps next time we will organize something on a weekend. About a quarter of the demo were Trinidadians. We started the event with an emotional funeral ceremony, with talks from an anti-dam activist who'se been involved in the anti-Narmada dam campaign (India) as well as the anti-Karahnjukar dam campaign (Iceland); Sue Doughty, former Liberal MP, talked about her attempts to get the UK parlaiment to ask the Icelandic state to reconsider its path of heavy industry; two Trinidadian speakers: talked about the neo-colonialist-liberal invasion by western corporations of the third world, and the beauty of the Cedros Peninsula and tragedy of the Aluminium development, respectively; then an Icelandic speaker who talked about the loss of the Icelandic Karahnjukar wilderness, and the future plans of heavy industry in Iceland. These were followed by a bringing out of a coffin upon which photos of both Cedros and Karahnjukar were plastered. The crowd threw flowers ontop of this coffin and planted seeds (of resistance!) inside it. We were then read an ancient Icelandic poem called "The Prophecy" from the book of Edda, the story of the birth of the world and the northern gods, the apocalypse and then the final rebirth of the world: nature rising from the ashes of industrial/power driven collapse.
CALL OUT FOR PROTEST AGAINST NANOTECH!
Workers, consumers, non-human animals and nature are being exposed to nano-particles that have not been tested, all for the sake of the multi-billion dollar nanotech industry.
Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions from aviation are excluded from the Kyoto protocol and the government has a gargantuan plan of airport expansion over the coming decade. Its madness and we need to figure out what can we do to stop it!