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Archive for August 12th, 2008

Inside the Kingsnorth Climate Camp

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 August 2008

We’re very grateful to receive this fascinating first-hand account from James Wilkes, responsible for some of the most interesting content to have circulated through doodz-n-chyx in the past. -MLP

I’ve just spent 10 days at Climate Camp in Kent. I went intending to learn about small-scale DIY solar electricity, solar water heating and wind generation. I didn’t care much about the overall camp aims or the political ideas of the camp. I left a very different person.

The stated purpose of the camp was to try to shut down Kingsnorth coal-fired power station, run by e-on, which is responsible for thousands of tons of carbon emissions every day it runs. The power station is due to be de-commisioned (hooray!) but a new coal-fired power station is likely to be built on the site (boo!). This is blatantly insane, as is the idea to build a new runway at Heathrow at a time when we’re trying to cut CO2 emissions.

No-one seems to disagree any more that carbon emissions must be reduced. It’s just that they aren’t going down, they’re going up. All the politician’s waffle, treaties and agreements haven’t done anything to protect our future. A whole lot of people (and that number is growing rapidly) think that we’ve got to use direct action to do something about it. It’s OUR planet and we want to do something to protect it from run-away big business insanity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moist for Justice: Anonymous in Bristol

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 August 2008

Continuing Martin’s adventures with Anonymous. Last Saturday the 8th was the second protest by the Bristol branch of Anonymous, attempting to cult-immunise the city. Ten protestors took part, some of whom commandeered a vessel yarrrr shipmates… erm, arrived by ferry. A walk around the city centre with flags, masks and placards prompted a lot of rubber-necking from passers-by, and some very cool photo opportunities. Photos and video below. (Top two photos by Greenleaves)
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