sean at climate camp

Climate Camp was great. We had a neighbourhood bursting with cake and two grand affinity groups! – if you want to see how hott everyone is in the media check out these links compiled by James of the CC media crew:

October 12

New Matilda – And now for a healthy emission

Crickey – Greens talk common sense on climate bill

Illawarra Mercury – Climate Camp slideshow

Illawarra Mercury – Editorial: Any changes in climate must be aired above

St George & Sutherland Leader – 13 Arrested at Helensburgh climate change protest

2SER (the wire) – Activists lose patience with politicians

October 11

Sydney Morning Herald – Activists arrested at NSW coal mine

Daily Telegraph – Activists chained to coal mine conveyor belt

Courier Mail – Climate Change activists chain themselves to coal conveyor

ABC – Protestors lock down coal mine

Channels Ten and SBS : News here

And also- see this rad little film of SEAN people halting conveyor belts for four hours and pulling off a sweet banner drop at Dendrobrium Mine in Mount Kembla, Wollongong.

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.

SEAN weekend report-back (Sept 09)

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.

SEAN crew at Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy- Sept 09

Of which here are the minutes if you wanna read them: Continue reading →

Climate Camp 09 Art Auction & Exhibition

art-auction-flyerWorks by diverse artists from across NSW & the ACT will be auctioned off with all proceeds going towards the running of Climate Camp 09.
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:  Mori Gallery, 168 Day St, Sydney

What is Climate Camp?

Climate Camp is a place for anyone who is looking to learn about the issues and ways we can create change; for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; and for anyone who wants to help build a climate justice movement across the nation.

The NSW Climate Camp, Oct 9th – 11th 2009, will be on Dharawal Land in Helensburgh.

our bits and play at climate camp

the night before we locked ourselves onto a coal loader i lay with a sleeping bag over my head, angry and tired to the point of muteness. sick of meetings, of planning and car troubles and people, scared and almost over it. we sleep all together on the floor and I try not to think too much in case I change my mind.

early early in the morning we pile in cars, with large metal tubes and small chains around our ready wrists. we drive to kooragang coal port as dawn threatens pale at the edges of the sky. at the entry to the port a streetlight reveals a car with police prop-legged around it, their feet in it’s open doors. i’m so scared our plans are about to stretch too thin and break. we get confused and drive past the site three times, u-turning in front of the police. i want to not be here now, i want to wake up when its over.

finally we pull up beside the fence and tumble out of the car. we go over the fence one by one. scrabbling with no foothold. an almost laugh. a hand scraped on barbed wire. we pass the heavy bits of pipe through the fence and walk quick across the bitumen together. no one comes to grab us, no one drags us down from the fence like i kept seeing in my head. we climb yellow metal steps, onto the machine that loads coal into ships, coal for burning in places distant. press with a flat hand all the big red emergency stop buttons, the conveyor belt winds slowly still and the sirens start. we keep frantically locking ourselves to bits of conveyor belt, changing our minds, changing place, and repeating. everyone else is calm now but i’m not. finally we are settled, feet dangling, knees brushing conveyor-belt rubber. we are locked with bits of pipe and now its easy, and i’m not scared anymore.

the machine is almost beautiful. draped with yellow lights in the almost fog and the sea sitting blackly close. the sun rises over the harbour and the cold air doesn’t sting. lib and me are wearing bike helmets. libby’s helmet is back to front. we are the hottest people ever. probably.

finally they find us. it’s a little awkard. some of them are condescending, tell us all the lies they said they’d tell. “this machine has been turned off for months. you’re not stopping anything.”

“we know it was on when we came,” i say. “whatevs,” i add. sort of undermybreath, sort of byaccident. lib laughs.

Dwayne comes and chats with us. he’s quiet and friendly and curious, it’s his first time with protesters. he tells us to be careful, follow the ritual and we’ll be okay.

the police are grumpy and not impressed. we smile politely, thank them, and refuse to do anything they ask. we wont lock off, thank you. we understand your concern, thankyou. good morning. etc. etc. they search libby haphazardly. out of her overall pockets come fifteen dirty tissues. meanwhile we stuff our faces quietly with chocolate. they lock off our friends. then they take apart the conveyor belt we are attached to. we apologise to the worker. he says its fine, smiling, he has nothing better to do.

we are no longer attached to anything, but the policeman is confused, and asks us to unlock ourselves. we point out we aren’t actually attached to anything. they make us walk down the steps. we stay locked together, yelling at oli that we love him, in case the police are being mean. finally they ask us to please unlock ourselves from the pipe. ok. then we take our helmets off. they tell us to put them back on.

they forget to search me, and put me in the paddywagon with a bag full of chocolate and an epi-pen. they recognise my novocastrian school jumper and chat with me about uni. i am lucky, processed by the nice cop, an ex youth worker. he makes sure we are ok, and never leaves us on our own. lib and sally dance in the back of the paddy wagon while they process me. they ask tony to put his number in front of his face so he does. the police man calls him a dickhead.

finally they are done and we get to ride home in an APEC bus. just the five of us, giggling up the back. it looks like my old school bus plus bars. it probably is. they take us back to camp, like school children, excited and back from a school excursion. a day well spent, and finally over.

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