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CLIMATE ACTION NEWS SHEET 85, December/January 2008/2009


1. Camp for Climate Action Gathering, 31.01.09-01.02.09
2. Earth First! Winter Moot, 6-8.02.09
3. Mobilising for the COP, 13-15.03.09
4. Do It Yourself! Course, 22-27.03.09
5. Fossil Fools Day 2009, 01.04.09
6. Coal Caravan, April 2009

North East Open Cast Conference 31st Jan

North East Regional Conference
A chance for campaigners, past and present, to meet and learn from our successes and failures and plan how we can all help each other

St John Baptist Church - Grainger St - Newcastle
1:30pm - 4pm Saturday 31st Jan

Chester (Australia) Forest Rescue Needs You!

14 JAN 08: Chester Forest Rescue Camp is heating up with the first arrest yesterday (impounded surveyors vehicle with lock on) whilst they were trying to enter forest while wet, and possibly spread dieback.

We also issued them with an infringement with a penalty of 40 hours tree planting.

More arrests in Tasmanian forest destruction

JAN 14, 2008: A camp set up by conservationists almost three years ago was broken up by police on Monday morning at the request of Forestry Tasmania which wants to start logging.

Protesters in Standoff with Power Company Over Swamp Access (Florida, USA)

Jan 6th, 2009

As part of their ongoing struggle against Florida Power and Light (FPL), activists from Everglades Earth First! have set up an encampment at the entrance to the Barley Barber Swamp, demanding entry to ensure that ancient cypress trees are not being killed by water pumping for the adjacent Martin County Power Plant. Following a combined protest/picnic, demonstrators attempted to hike in to inspect the swamp, but were prevented from entering by police. A standoff has ensued.

Walk of proposed opencast site, NE, 18th Jan

The good folks from the NO OPENCAST TODAY OR TOMORROW campaign have invited us along to walk the site that U:K coal are planning to destroy with a surface mining 'development'.

Florentine Arrests - Police raid Tasmanian forest blockade

JAN 12, 08 - Nine anti-logging protesters remain locked to a road in the Upper Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania after refusing to leave their campsite.

Blockade stops British company’s midnight entry into tribes' land

7/1/09 - A blockade mounted by more than 50 protestors stopped British mining company Vedanta entering the land of the Dongria Kondh and other Kondh tribes under cover of darkness last night.


January 7th 2009

Tasmanian based logging company Gunns Ltd has issued a law suit on thirteen forest defenders claiming damages for trespass, and seeking an injunction that will prevent the defendants from entering its property and land holdings.

ELF Sabotage Bullfight Sponsor in Colombia

"In solidarity with the recent antiauthoritarian actions and to show a strengthening commitment to the liberation of the earth and all animals, the Autonomous Anarchic Cell of the FLT in Bogota does not stop!

Sea Shepherd Clashes With Whaling Fleet in Australian Waters

December 26th, 2008
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin closed in on one of the vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet at 0730 Hours GMT (1930 Hours Sydney Time) on December 26th off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory north of the Mawson Peninsula.

Fight Speciesism! #7 - Out Now

January issue of the latest anti-speciesist, anti-capitalist, abolitionist direct action news is out now. Antispeciesist Action is a collective of militant antispeciesists and animal rights activists committed to confronting animal abuse, suffering and exploitation of non-human beings through the use of direct action.

Civilian Uprising against Barrick Gold in Tanzania

Mine security shoots young man, villagers respond by destroying $7 million in equipment

December 24th, 2008

Actions in India and the Philippines

I’m not sure whether the following reports are ‘ideologically acceptable’ but over the last year there has been a rash of direct action attacks against corporations and in defence of the environment and the indigenous peoples that live there, undertaken by Maoist forces in both India and the Philippines.

Radley Lakes saved

Following years of campaigning through legal channels, and the squatting of a building by the side of Thrupp Lake at the beginning of 2007, the Save Radley Lakes campaign is victorious - hoorah! Use the search above for old stories and photos from the campaign - stories about the recent victory and future plans are below.