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 →

SEAN report-back: Rivers SOS meeting

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!

RiversSOS meeting on May 23rd was heaps cool – about 40people from all over the state including Mudgee, Stroud, Wollongong, Lithgow, Sutherland and other places – Uncle Chappie was there too.  Main ideas to come out of the meeting were:
  • 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 →