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Action stations at climate camp

Posted by jamie — 19 August 2007 at 2:25pm - Comments

Right now, a group of two hundred or so climate campers are marching across a field on their way to Heathrow in an attempt to blockade the BAA offices. Needless to say, huge numbers of police - some in riot gear - are in their way.

Climate camp - your one-stop campaigning workshop

Posted by jossc — 17 August 2007 at 4:03pm - Comments

Runways to ruin - climate camp

Anyone for a workshop on Sustainable Activism?

Go, Gore, go

Posted by jamie — 17 August 2007 at 3:49pm - Comments

It's a shame the New York Times only allows subscribers to see their stories online (don't get any ideas, UK press moguls) because there was an absolute corker in yesterday's edition that's been sent round on email. Al Gore, when talking to columnist Nicholas Kristof, advocated a programme of direct action to tackle climate change:

"We are now treating the Earth's atmosphere as an open sewer," [Mr Gore] said, and (perhaps because my teenage son was beside me) he encouraged young people to engage in peaceful protests to block major new carbon sources. "I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers," Mr. Gore said, "and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."

Is this the first sign of a change for the man who used to be the Next President of the United States? Will he shake off the mild-mannered lecturer schtick, going underground to lead troops of young activists into confrontation with police, power companies and politicians? Will there be a resurgence of grass-roots politics where our elected officials through off the trappings of state to take their lead from the people?

Nah, maybe not. Besides, I don't think a beret and beard would suit Al. Still, Kristof ended his column with a rather salient point:

Critics [of climate change] scoff that the scientific debate is continuing, that the consequences are uncertain - and they're right. There is natural variability and lots of uncertainty, especially about the magnitude and timing of climate change.

In the same way, terror experts aren't sure about the magnitude and timing of Al Qaeda's next strike. But it would be myopic to shrug that because there's uncertainty about the risks, we shouldn't act vigorously to confront them — yet that's our national policy toward climate change, and it's a disgrace.


Amongst the 'terrorists' at climate camp

Posted by graham — 16 August 2007 at 11:20am - Comments

Climate camp on until Monday

A banner flies over the camp, alongside a plane © Kristian Buus

I got the train from Paddington to Hays and Harlington Station on Wednesday, and then the 140 bus to the corner of Harlington High Street and Sipson Lane. A nice fellow I met on the bus showed me some of the alternative entrances I could use if the main entrance is blocked, and then we strolled down Sipson Lane to the main entrance.

I’d been super-cautious, and left my wallet and anything else I didn’t want to be seized as evidence at home. I wasn’t planning to do anything which would require evidence to be seized, but what with our heightened state of something-or-other, I thought it was best not to take any chances. I was gutted when no-one searched me.

Calling architects and designers

Posted by bex — 14 August 2007 at 3:21pm - Comments

Solar panels in germany

We can shout from the rooftops that nuclear power won't stop climate change and decentralised energy is the way forward; we can produce investigations into what it is, how it can apply to the UK and how much it will all cost; we can write case studies about how it's already being used; we can lobby government to sort out the regulatory framework and the energy markets so that decentralised energy is on a level footing with other forms of energy production; we can ask you to write to your MP to help spread the word.

Bering witness in a mini-sub

Posted by jossc — 13 August 2007 at 11:05am - Comments

A Greenpeace research mini-sub in the Bering sea

Good news for the Amazon, and the climate

Posted by tracy — 13 August 2007 at 10:09am - Comments
Soya farming in the Brazilian Amazon

Just as we were heading out for a Friday evening pint we got word from our office in Manaus that we had something to celebrate. The Brazilian government announced that deforestation rates for the Amazon have dropped for the third year in a row.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about light bulbs...

Posted by jamie — 7 August 2007 at 9:40am - Comments

A compact fluorescent lamp

A bulb a day keeps climate change at bay (or something along those lines...)

We've had a lot of support for our current light bulbs campaign (and some detractors too, it has to be said) but there have been many queries about whether compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) really are what they're cracked up to be - what about the mercury, can they be recycled, that sort of thing. Many of them have already been covered elsewhere on the site, but it's worth following them up in a slightly more prominent position.

If you have any more queries, just post a comment below or contact us at info@uk.greenpeace.org.

The mother of all injunctions becomes the mother of all setbacks

Posted by jamie — 6 August 2007 at 4:46pm - Comments

Despite changing a misleading title on my previous post (which seemed accurate on the scant information available earlier this morning), I'm now beginning to think even 'BAA wins its case' is a bit too strong. Sure, they managed to get something out of their High Court injunction but it's a far cry from what they applied for.

Heathrow injunction: BAA wins its case

Posted by jamie — 6 August 2007 at 11:20am - Comments

This from Sky News on BAA's injunction:

The operator of Heathrow airport has been granted a High Court injunction banning unlawful behaviour by environmental activists next week.

BAA says it wants to protect the safety of staff and passengers during the busy holiday season.

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