What is a Climate Camp?
Climate Camp is your number one resource for all things climate in Ireland and beyond. They care about climate change and want to share our knowledge, expertise, and passion with you.
In 2010, they started with a three-man team consisting of passionate environmental activists but they were soon able to expand our team with more dedicated and ambitious volunteers. All in all, we are now a solid group of 15 people working with full commitment to environmental projects.
They work on various projects, all of which are related to environmental issues because our goal is always to make the world a better place. Their mission is to educate people about current environmental challenges and happenings and to keep you informed and updated about our activities.
Climate Camps consist of 4 pillars:
- Alternative Ways of Living
- Direct Action
Camp for Climate Action
The Camps for Climate Action are campaign gatherings (similar to peace camps) that take place to draw attention to and act as a base for direct action against, major carbon emitters, as well as to develop ways to create a zero-carbon society. Camps are run on broadly anarchist principles – free to attend, supported by donations, and with input from everyone in the community for the day-to-day operation of the camp. Initiated in the UK, camps have taken place in England at Drax power station, Heathrow Airport, Kingsnorth power station in Kent, the City of London, and The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters, near Edinburgh. During 2009 camps also took place in Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands/Belgium, Scotland, Wales, and Australia.
The Camp for Climate Action, first came into being in 2006, after activists at the 2005 G8 conference in Sterling in Scotland mooted the idea.
Climate Camp disbanded
After five years of camps, composting toilets, vegan curry, and run-ins with the police, Climate Camp is calling it a day.
There will be no camp for the climate activists this year and the loose-knit organization will be disbanded in 2011. The decision follows a five-day meeting to reach a consensus.
In a statement, activists for the climate movement said the camp was being disbanded to leave room to “launch new radical experiments to tackle the intertwined ecological, social, and economic crises we face.”
The immediate reaction has been a mixture of excitement about the future and nostalgia for an organization that, most agree, changed the way the UK talked about climate change.