In the early hours of the 11th of October, four student activists locked onto the conveyor belt at the Dendrobium coal mine in Wollongong. The group was protesting over concerns about the mine’s impacts on the local river system. Shot and edited by Tyler Freeman Smith, music by The Herd.
We hope to see you next weekend at Climate Camp ’09 at Australia’s oldest coal mine: where actions speak louder than words.
From Friday October 9 – Sunday 11th, pitch your tent alongside hundreds of others at Climate Camp ’09 – or stroll in for an afternoon – for great workshops, music, art, food and positive climate action.
When is it? Friday October 9th (set up from 9am, Welcome to Country at 12 midday); to Sunday October 11th. You can also check out the Facebook event.
How do I get there? Helensburgh Park, Helensburgh (40 mins south of Sydney). Check out the map at here. It’s easily accessible by train and car, see here for details and directions. We’ll have huge marquees, toilets, showers, decorations, kitchens, tents, solar panels galore, and a whole lot more.
How much? Anyone is welcome to come to Climate Camp ’09, and entry is by donation. We’re suggesting a range of $5 per day (for low-income folks / students, incl. some food) to $20 a day (for waged folks, incl. food all meals). For more details, see here. Kids are free.
Can I bring the kids? It’s school holidays, and we’re ready for a flood of kids at Climate Camp. Bring them along! We’re preparing a big Art Space and a Kids’ Tent, with great volunteers co-ordinating heaps of hands-on activities, crafts, and fun learning about climate change and sustainability.
What’s on? There is an exciting and packed program for Climate Camp ’09. Kicking off with a Welcome to Country from Uncle Dootch (Dharawal Traditional Owner and Chairperson of the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Council), then workshops on new media, climate justice and coal expansion. On Saturday, there’ll be practical workshops about taking action and learning your legal rights, great forums on political donations, sustainable transport, and planning for a vibrant community action on Sunday. Download the Climate Camp Program here.
Check out the Get Ready for Climate Camp page for more details, such as:
- What you need to bring
- Food at Climate Camp (bring your own or eat ours)
- Options for folks who can’t camp (billeting and local accomodation)
- Who will I camp with? Neighbourhoods at Climate Camp
- Frequently Asked Questions, and
- Climate Camp’s Participants’ Agreements
Join the Climate Camp ’09 community rally and walk-on at Australia’s oldest coal mine
Join hundreds of parents, youths, locals and workers in a community rally and peaceful walk-on to the site of Australia’s oldest coal mine in Helensburgh.
The Climate Camp ’09 action is on Sunday 11 October starting 11am at Charles Harper Park (cnr Walker and Parkes St, Helensburgh). Please wear blue and be creative around the theme of water, climate and jobs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
How can I help? You can invite your friends with the Facebook event; organise with other parents to bring along the kids for a school holiday treat; get together with a bunch of your mates to camp together; or just come along for the powerful and peaceful community action at Australia’s oldest coal mine on Sunday October 11th. For the keen beans, we’d love help setting up on Thursday Oct 8th (packing down on Monday Oct 12th) in Helensburgh from 9am.
Donate: You can make a donation to Climate Camp ’09, by sending a cheque (to 19 Eve St, Erskineville NSW 2043), pay online via our website, or deposit directly into the bank account (Climate Camp Australia, Account Number: 984525802, BSB: 650 000).
Check out exciting news from Climate Camps around the world. When we pitch our tents next week we will not be alone. We will be part of a global movement of tens of thousands of people attending Climate Camps to push for change and climate justice.
Last week, North Americans at the West Coast Climate Convergence took on Chevron and big oil; 1500 people in Copenhagen taking action to shut down a coal-fired power station; and South Australians staged their first Climate Camp, taking community action against coal-fired power. For information about the flood of community climate action, check out the links at www.climatecamp.org.au or listen to this great radio/podcast series Camping all the Way to Copenhagen.
JOIN US AT CLIMATE CAMP ’09
Climate Camp is for all of us – because when it comes to water, climate and jobs; actions speak louder than words. We hope you’ll join us at Climate Camp ’09 – with our kids and parents, our neighbours and friends – so we can begin building solutions together.
For climate justice and a kick-arse Climate Camp,
Holly and James
For the Climate Camp ’09 Organising Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Check out www.climatecamp.org.au and join hundreds of folks next weekend from October 9 – 11th at Climate Camp ’09: three days of sustainable living and community action in Helensburgh, at Australia’s oldest coal mine.
Can’t make it for the whole weekend? Just come along to the Climate Camp ’09 action at 11am on Sunday October 11th, at Australia’s oldest coal mine, for water, good jobs, and climate justice.
So, this last weekend saw the second SEAN weekend of 2009 bring together a bunch of SEAN folk from different collectives to camp at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on Dharawal land in Wollongong. We set up on Friday and spent the weekend cooking deliciousness on a fire, going for chilly swims at the beach and watching a pretty brilliant moonrise over the ocean. Oh and we also chatted and did some workshops and had a SEAN meeting over breakfast and stuff.
On Friday we heard from Uncle Dootch about the campaign to save the land and indigenous burial site from Stockland- developer of ugly beachfront houses. On Saturday we did a Non-Violent Direct Action workshop, talked about affinity groups and a potential SEAN neighbourhood for Climate Camp 09 and in the afternoon heard from Caroline of Rivers SOS on local coal happenings and government/industry dodginess (see photo). On Sunday we chilled out a bit, had a deep ecology workshop and a SEAN meeting with our breakfast tea.
Of which here are the minutes if you wanna read them: Continue reading →
A few SEAN folk went out to Picton recently for the quarterly meeting of Rivers SOS, an umbrella group for community groups campaigning to protect their local rivers, mainly from mining. Here’s a report-back from Ann-Marie of UTS!
- Report backs from all people there about the what each local RiversSOS group/member was up to: many groups are campaigning against coal mines and proposed coal seam gas mining by a whole heap of companies- BHP, Xtrata, an Indian company caled Gujarat NRE. Their campaigns are on the impact of coal mining on rivers – causes cracking, pollution, consumes large amounts of water. Continue reading →
Media Release 9th June 2009
Climate change protestors have halted production in Australia’s largest aluminium smelter by attaching themselves to a weigh bridge that is a pinch-point of the operation.
The protestors are angry that heavily polluting industries, like aluminium smelting, will receive 90% of their pollution permits free from the Federal Government under the controversial Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, allowing them to carry on largely unaffected by pollution constraints, and leaving the public to pick up the cost of reducing greenhouse emissions.
Aluminium smelting is an extremely energy intensive industry, and the Tomago plant has a constant demand of around 900MW of power, which is supplied from greenhouse polluting coal-fired power stations.
The Hunter’s two aluminium smelters, at Tomago and Kurri Kurri, use 15% of NSW’s electricity, yet are charged just one sixth of the cost per mega watt paid by ordinary energy consumers. The annual electricity subsidy to the aluminium industry has been estimated to be at least $210 million.
“The Tomago Aluminium smelter alone is excepted to receive over $250 million in free permits in the first year of the CPRS. It is half owned by mining and aluminium giant Rio Tinto, which last year posted a profit of $15.8 billion,” said Steve Phillips, spokesperson for protest organisers Rising Tide Newcastle.
“The Government is pursuing a backwards climate policy that rewards big polluting companies like Rio Tinto at the expense of the rest of the community and the world.
“Aluminium smelting in Australia is two-and-a-half times more greenhouse polluting than the world average, because our energy comes almost exclusively from coal burning.
“At this crucial hour in world history, we should be forcing plants like this to use renewable energy – not paying them to use coal power. The Aluminium industry needs to clean up, or clean out.
“The Federal Government needs to shift focus from compensation to restructuring. We call on the Federal Government to reverse the perverse subsidies given to coal-powered aluminium smelters and make assistance under any emissions trading scheme conditional on an urgent switch to renewable energy for all smelters.”
Check out photos and footage at: http://risingtide.org.au/node/901