ASEN Training Camp 2012

Every year the Australian Student Environment Network organises a Training Camp in January to help skill up various collective members for the year ahead, to network with other collectives and to plan for ASEN’s future.

For 2012 the ASEN Training Camp will run from January 20th – 25th and will be held on Wiradjuri Country at Caloola Farm in the ACT (about an hour from Canberra).

2012 also signifies the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra which we will be attending and supporting after Training Camp.

The 6 days will cover workshops and discussions around:

  • Collective organising skills
  • Theories of change
  • Successful campaigns
  • State and collective strategising
  • and many more…

A full programme will be released once confirmed.

Registrations are now open!

Click HERE to register

For more information, please visit www.asen.org.autrainingcamp, visit our facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/249959571720519/ and/or email info@localhost/asen.org.au_inital_hacked_version_2014-05-02.

Can’t wait to see you there.

In love, rage and solidarity,

The Training Camp Organising Collective

Climate activists lock on to Bluewaters Powerplant in Collie, W.A.

On Friday the 26th of June, two activists locked onto a conveyor belt at Bluewaters coal-fired power station near Collie, 3 hours south of Perth, W.A.. The action is to protest Griffin Energy’s decision to burn wood from WA native forests for energy production. The two activists were arrested and later removed from the conveyor belt by police, after more than four hours of preventing coal from being fed into the power station. A third activist has also been arrested at the site.

“Griffin Energy is one of WA’s worst contributors to climate change. The company has recently opened yet another coal-fired power station and is constructing another three,” said Ms Jael Johnson, spokesperson for the action. “To add insult to injury, it now proposes to burn wood from our precious native forests as fuel and count this as renewable energy.”

“The WA public has a right to renewable energy. Here we have an abundance of wind, solar and wave energy. CETO, a wave energy company, has chosen to be a part of this renewable revolution. Griffin also has the opportunity to join Western Australian businesses committed to sustainable solutions. There is no place for coal-fired power station or native forest logging in a sustainable WA,” said Ms Johnson.

Griffin Energy recently won a tender from the Forest Products Commission (FPC) to buy between 250,000 and 400,000 tonnes of native forest logs a year.

Our native forests provide the WA community with clean air and water, biodiversity, and homes for unique WA plants and wildlife. Native Forests also store huge amounts of carbon. After logging and burning, the carbon is released into the atmosphere. Globally, deforestation and logging contribute about 27% of all climate change-causing greenhouse gases.

“Research in the eastern states shows that if native forests are left undisturbed, they can play a vital role in storing carbon and contributing to a climate change solution.

“Instead of protecting them for their vital role in reducing climate change, Forestry Minister Terry Redman proposes to allow Griffin to burn native forest logs, thereby releasing massive amounts of GHG and accelerating run-away climate change. This is an atrocious distortion of a system that should be leading us towards a zero-carbon economy, not further away from it.

“The people of WA will have to pay for Griffin’s reckless corporate behaviour long after its shareholders are done lining their pockets. So we will continue to disrupt the operations of organisations like Griffin for as long as they continue to display such corporate recklessness and short-sightedness.

“At the same time we support the calls from the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union and the Australian Council of Trade Unions for a just transition to a renewable society that leaves no worker or community behind,” said Ms Johnson.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Ms Jael Johnson: Mbl: 0438 856 981

Ms Emma McIntyre: Mbl: 0415 258 301

Photos and video on Indymedia (or soon to be on there!):

http://www.perth.indymedia.org/index.php?action=newswire&parentview=144499

Last WASEN Mad May Skillshare this Sunday!!! >Direct Action

Direct action on a coal-fired power station
Direct action on a coal-fired power station

The last in a series of sweet workshops put on by WASEN is being held this Sunday (June 7)

Come along to learn and share ideas about Direct Action,

What: workshop> DIRECT ACTION and IT’s EFFECTIVENESS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

When: Sunday, 7 June,    11am-1pm

Where: Charlie’s Galley, 458 Charles St. , North Perth

What to bring: yourself and a plate of vego/vegan food if you can

Hope to see you there!!!

Getting to SoS from WA

Let us know if you intend to go to SoS from WA

Email your local enviro rep or Ben on libertario_lucha@riseup.net

We can help you with fundraising, tell you about transport options (train, hire car, hitching etc) and link you up with cool cats who are planning to use the same transport you are.

The trip over often results in just as much learning as the conference itself 😉 And certainly can help folk meet others and form the type of bonds we need to feel comfortable working with each other to build caring, connected and environmentally just communities!

WASEN mad skills in May!

Hello friends, co-conspirators, companions, and people everywhere,

As activists we all need mad skills to rock the shaky foundations of oppression and destruction. The West Australian Student Environment Network (WASEN) has been involved in skilling up the activist community, students, youngsters and older cats alike, in WA for a while now.

Join us in May for our latest foray into the depths of radical activist education because we are all educators and we are all learning. This, on the surface is a series of 7 workshops, over 4 consecutive weekends. However dig a little deeper and you will find that it is part of a lifelong exploration into how we learn, how we learn to learn and how we learn to educate.

Topics include Scamming the System that Scams you, Direct Action, Bike Maintenance, Climate Change for Activists, Sustainable Activism and Collective Organising. The venue changes every week so that we will be close to you some time! See the flyer attached email WestASEN@gmail.com or call Dom:   0415 258 301   for more info!Web: www.asen.org.austates/wasen

Sunday May 17
Location: Earth Wise Subiaco 315-317 Baggot Road
Workshops and times:
10-12: Theories of Change
2-5: Animal Rights and Feminism Presented by ARA (Animal Rights Australia)

Sunday May 24
Location: Notre Dame Prindiville Hall Mouat St Fremantle
Workshops and times:
10-12: Climate Change Crash Course
1-3: Direct Action

Saturday May 30
Location:UWA or Murdoch or Charlies Gally TBA
Workshops and times:
10-12: Personal Change and Sustainable Activism
1-3: Scamming the System that scams you!

Sunday June 7
Location: Charlie’s Gally 458 Charles St North Perth
Workshops and times:
10-11: Bike Workshop
11:30-1: Direct Action and Social Movement                                                                                                                                                    1-3: Collective Organising and Facilitation

madflyer