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, visit our facebook event at and/or email info@localhost/

Can’t wait to see you there.

In love, rage and solidarity,

The Training Camp Organising Collective

Students of Sustainability 2010

Students of Sustainability 2010

Students of Sustainability is a 5 day camping conference for anyone interested in creating a more ecologically and socially sustainable world.

Join us for…

  • Workshops
  • Creative Projects
  • Live Entertainment
  • Field Trips
  • Networking

and much more!

For details and registrations visit or contact Peta (registration) at

ASEN Planning & Skills Camp 2010

ASEN Training Camp 2010

Hey Enviro types

What are you planning to do next year? If you wanna be involved in environmental and social change, in your campus environment collective, state network or on a national level next year, come along to the ASEN Planning & Skills Camp 2010.

What is ASEN Camp?

Each year, ASEN gets together to skill-up, plan and strategise for the year ahead. It’s for new environment officers, conveners of enviro groups/state networks and young people interested in campaigning on climate justice, nuclear free futures, indigenous solidarity, keeping food co-ops strong  and many other things with ASEN in 2010.

If you’ve already been before, come again and share your experiences! We need facilitators and helpers to pull this amazing thing together!

For many its a place to get inspired and energised for the year, share ideas and a whole lot more including;

  • Meeting amazing activist crew from all around this big country
  • Developing essential activist skills on:
    • Basic facilitation + Advanced Facilitation
    • Building + maintaining collectives
    • Fundraising Techniques
    • Exploring your theory of change
  • Learning how ASEN can be an integral & useful part of creating the world we want to live in.

NEW this year – we’ve got some external facilitators from the Change Agency who will be doing workshops on:

  • Framing/Communication & Strategic Questioning
  • Strategising & planning some wicked campaigns for the year, – we’ve definitely got 3 streams happening – Climate Justice, Nuclear Free & ***Food Co-ops*** with the Change Agency helping out on the Climate Justice stream.
  • Sharing your own knowledge & experiences with others

Dates are the 21st til the 25th for ASEN Camp then Invasion/Solidarity Day at the Tent Embassy on the 26th. The cost is $75 for the week, including food, accommodation and ASEN membership.

Register here!

Join us next week at Climate Camp '09

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.

The NSW Government has recently approved an extension of the Metropolitan Colliery coal mine for a further 23 years. The mine uses a process of ‘longwall’ mining that involves removing coal from long shafts, then allowing the earth above it to collapse. The Metropolitan expansion will mine directly underneath southern Sydney’s main drinking water supply, threatening Woronora Dam, and polluting more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
Speakers at this climate justice action include Uncle Dootch Kennedy (Traditional Owner of Dharawal land, Chairperson of the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Council), Graham Brown (retired coal miner), Julie Sheppard (Rivers SoS) and Lee Rhiannon (NSW Greens MP). There will also be a number of entertaining performers supporting this powerful community action.
Don’t miss this important opportunity to wear blue and be part of the flood for climate justice. When it comes to water, climate and jobs, actions speak louder than words.


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.

Follow us around: Drop an email, follow us on Twitter, and check out our website for updates throughout Climate Camp ’09.

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 or listen to this great radio/podcast series Camping all the Way to Copenhagen.


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

P.S. Check out 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.

qean camp reportback

by Steve Skitmore

qean gig 2009

‘Twas a dusty dusk that saw a bunch of intrepid Brisbanites pile into four wheeled transport and head west, following the dying sun towards its setting in the Bunya Mountains. On the eve of ANZAC Day, QEAN had once again formed out of the ether, in this instance linking students from across South-East Queensland for a weekend of awesome skill-shares and inspiring discussions in the bush and mountains.

Saturday morning dawned raw and gusty and with the arrival of Ben and Karina from the Sunshine Coast we kicked off into the Theories of Change and Facilitation workshops, some of the core ASEN skill-shares which proved relevant and thought-provoking for both seasoned activists and those of us who had never done the workshops before.


Emily then facilitated an amazing games workshop around the ideas of Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed, a fascinating experience in which cultural criticism and personal empowerment are enacted through play. Some of us are really interested in seeing a Theatre of the Oppressed happen back in Brisbane in the near future and I for one absolutely love the use of tactile action in sometimes very heady activist work.

The last workshop of the day was on Climate Justice, jointly developed by Ellie and Clare, a fantastic mix of theory, critique and role play which has plans to be repeated at World Environment Day on the Sunshine Coast.

It was a packed Saturday, and as the wind died down and the sun moved slowly below the trees on the ridge, the fire was built and our pledges for action on Climate Justice curled and smoked towards the heavens. Imogen’s hard work over the previous two days saw us feast on some delightful vegan food over the weekend, and that evening’s curry was well received by hungry stomachs, as was Paulie and Ko’s screening of bell hooks series of discussion starters on popular culture.

After the busyness of Saturday, Sunday sauntered along; except for a flat tyre (cue Ben!) that proved a tad more difficult to fix than the normal bike tyre change. It was also Suzy’s birthday (yay!) and we shared a delicious chocolate cake in the national park. The rest of the day was a combination of acro-yoga, bushwalking and waterhole dips, a really cruisy way to spend a Sunday afternoon. =)


All in all, while it would have been brilliant to have more people from outside of Briz able to come along, it was a fantastic weekend, spent with some awesome people. Big love to you all!

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