This week sees the Camp for Climate Action: the perfect venue for DIY enthusiasts with an anti-capitalist streak or "for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it."
The camp has been set up and has already been the subject of police raids taking famously subversive items like toilet rolls, soap, bicycles and board games. Cue press stories about dirty, shitty hippies I guess... it seems this is part of the price for trying to fuse demonstrations on how we can live a greener life, talks and discussions with upfront illegal, but non-violent, direct action. The cops just don't like it when people are thinking *and* doing.
Check out the climate camp link to know more about the event whilst George Monbiot, Chris Davies and Caroline Lucas sum up the issues at stake. If any further excitement were needed I should add that Arthur Scargill is due to speak. Well blow me!
One of the best places to watch for updates will be Indymedia. They even have their own TV station of sorts and you can keep up with the action on twitter, where all the cool kids hang out.
I'll keep a running tally at this post on press items and blogs I notice about the camp so if you see anything I've missed (and I'm sure they'll be a lot) just leave a message in box provided. Thanks.
Bob Marshall Andrews MP condemns the police, Douglas Johnson comments, and Monbiot again this time rather controversially saying "I have now reached the point at which I no longer care whether or not the answer is nuclear. Let it happen."