The Climate Strategy Weekend (21&22 Feb)- this is what we talked about:

– We discussed the objectives and tactics that arose from the ASEN training camp and the People’s Climate Action Summit in January

– People were most excited to work on the objective to permanently stop or prevent the opening of a piece of coal infrastructure, new or existing, by 2010.

– People wanted to work on climate projects coming out of SEAN to contribute to this objective

– The projects people were most were excited to work on to contribute to this objective were:

1) banks and financial institutions stuff- looking at how banks and financial institutions support polluting projects eg new coal mines, and how to we stop the flow of capital? This was not discussed on the weekend but research is underway, exciting! Contact scarlet- scarlet.wilcock@gmail.com 2) Building alliances- with Traditional Owners, workers and community in coal affected communities. To achieve this a listening tour/s were proposed. Contact points for this working group- Clare Silcock z3255556@student.unsw.edu.au, Gemma Romuld- gemromuld@gmail.com

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Story Of Stuff

Have a look-see at this grand little video called the Story Of Stuff– it’s about how capitalism depends upon humans consuming and buying and disposing of STUFF as much as possible, so much more than we need to, therefore using up the planet’s resources way too fast and exploiting workers along the way… It’s possibly what you already know, or what your spidey-sense knows, but it’s fun to watch 🙂

the low-down

So, it’s time for a little run-down of what’s going on in sean right now! Whoo.

It’s o-week time, and I was at uts today and it was crazy. Crazy in a good way, i think. So GO, check the sean calendar for when all the uni o-weeks are to join the madness and fun.

Some people in the network have been pretty interested in the campaign going on in Bulahdelah lately, concerning the RTA’s determination to bulldoze through the beautiful Boolladilla Mountain to make six lanes of road, part of their giant east coast freeway upgrade. The mountain is full of sites sacred to the Worimi people and the campaign is being led by Uncle Worimi Dates with the support of local activist Adele Carrell and Bundjalung elder Uncle Robert Corowa. Yesterday a couple of us seanies went visiting and wandering up the mountain and it is shockingly gorgeous. Construction is due to start March/April. Be a part of the campaign. Plan a blockade. For updates go to the blog. Chat to Malcolm from Bulahdelah (02) 4987 9274 or Jono from Newcastle 0431 289 766.

What else? This here coming weekend (21st and 22nd Feb) people from SEAN are getting our brains together to follow up on the radical plans and chats of Training Camp 09. It will be at the SEAN space in Erskineville, see the calendar for details or ask me (gemromuld@gmail.com).

AND oh boy, pretty soon we’ll be organising ye grande floaty SEAN gig of 20-22nd March!! It shall be in Newcastle somewhere, and on the Saturday we shall be joining the ship-stopping fun of the FLOTILLA . To help organise, or put on a workshop, or just COME (yes do) let me know ta.
That’s all for now. If you want to put anything up here, or have a page here for your collective or group or some photos. We’ll make it happen really easily. It’s YOUR network!

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SEAN plans 2009

At the last SEAN Gig in December we brainstormed some things the network might want to be involve in:

Step ins to politicians offices to step up on climate change
National Climate Action Summit
Flotilla – bring floaties! Newcastle coal ship blockade 21st March
The Students of Sustainability Conference
Monthly sit-ins, rallies as part of a national climate action strategy
Supporting the Lake Cowal campaign and convergence
Supporting Sovereignty Day at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
More Direct Action!
Coal actions – mining, black wallabies (aluminium and cement equal 40% Hunter energy use)
Supporting community actions and strengthening these connections
Engaging with professionals and unions
Education campaigns around NGO campaigns we find problematic
Linking with communities fighting prospective coal mines, eg. Gunnedah – potential SEAN gig
Training on mobilization
Learning from SHACtivists about their campaign and work with unions
Union liason and talking to Non Government Organisations
AMFU green network