After three weeks of logging of oaks and piecemeal evictions of treehouses in Borsbeek Fortress III action camp, many trees are still standing. The forest is being destroyed because they are in the way of Antwerp Airport, a small business airport which wants to upgrade and allow for larger planes to land. GroenFront! has occupied the forest, a habitat of endangered bats, to prevent it's destruction. A larger scale eviction is expected for this coming Monday (Aug. 28th)
After three weeks of logging of oaks and piecemeal evictions of treehouses in Borsbeek Fortress III action camp, many trees are still standing. The forest is being destroyed because they are in the way of Antwerp Airport, a small business airport which wants to upgrade and allow for larger planes to land. GroenFront! has occupied the forest, a habitat of endangered bats, to prevent it's destruction.
Over the past three weeks activists have been delaying the 'forest maintenance' significantly by chaining themselves to barricades or the logger's machinery and by occupying trees using walkways, platforms and swings. Officially the clearcutting of oaks (there is no permit for other trees) is called "forest maintenance". This particular form of maintenance keeps about 40cm of the trees standing.
No matter the environmental and social cost, no matter the ever increasing protests from the Icelandic and international communities and the intensifying warnings fom the scientific sector, the Icelandic government is hellbent on going ahead with its plan to inundate the projected HÃ¡lslÃ³n reservoir at KÃ¡rahnjÃºkar between 15-30 September.
More than 100 climate activist spent all Wednesday night secretly erecting a two-storey tripod (to resist any potential eviction) and marquees in the shadow of Drax power station. In the event, it was hours before the police arrived. The situation with the police is calm. Help is needed to realise the full potential of the first camp for climate action.
Mersey Waste Holdings faced determined opposition this morning when the first lorry carrying waste arrived at Hafod Quarry, Johnstown, near Wrexham. Anxious to get the lorry into the site with the minimum of delay, the Police used heavy-handed tactics to drag protesters out of the way with scant regard for health and safety. Welsh media were in attendance but didn't manage to film the blockaders being dragged away.
9 Marlborough road, Manningham, Bradford
Today a number of people that have squatted a house on Marlborough Road, Manningham are being held illegally under house arrest by a number of police. Anyone leaving the building is being arrested for criminal damage.
The Sparkbrook community centre neglected by Birmingham council, known as the "Cottage of Content", is approaching its seventh week of occupation, with encouraging progress and community participation increasing.
Scottish activists are travelling to the Climate Action Camp to give workshops, cook and learn how to stop climate chaos. There are buses from Glasgow (Thursday) and Edinburgh (Friday).
As part of the fight against climate change, people will be gathering near Leeds next week as part of the Camp for Climate Action. Biodiesel-powered Buses will travel from Glasgow on Thursday 24th and Edinburgh on Friday 25th to Megawatt Valley in Yorkshire, in the shadow of the single greatest emitter of CO2 in the UK, Drax coal-fired power station.
Perhaps we cannot raise the wind. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.
The resistance continues out west; a round up of news from Rossport Solidarity Camp and the Shell to Sea campaign
A round up of news from the Rossport Solidarity Camp and the Shell to Sea Campaign; Shell intends to start work soon, a meaningless report from the government appointed mediator, rerouting the pipeline, the picket continues, residents resolve to keep SHELL OUT, an August bank holiday gathering on the Camp and a wee stroll to Dublin...phew!
The Camp for Climate Action is scheduled for Aug 26 - Sept 4 near Leeds. People from Manchester and Liverpool will form a neighbourhood at the Camp. This is a callout to join the neighbourhood now.
PLANE STUPID have updated their website at www.planestupid.com The new site includes "10 reasons to ground the plane" and the new newsletter.
See you at the climate camp.
The Icelandic highlands are the last great expanse of true wilderness left in Western Europe. Now the country's hydroelectric potential has been targeted by multinational corporations, who intend to establish large-scale heavy industry in these hitherto pristine hinterlands. Join the protest camp.