On Wednesday afternoon, in the baking sun, a hundred climate campers secretly converged and occupied the site for this year's Camp for Climate Action. It's a stunning piece of land, a ridge of golden meadow with long views onto the river Medway and the Thames. A kilometer away
Kingsnorth power station's chimney blinks red lights at us, like eyes of an ominous monster, aware of the fact that in a week's time, thousands of climate campers will converge towards it on the mass day of action.
Dozens of marquees are slowly rising, neighbourhoods are arriving from all over the country, solar panels are popping up, a central kitchen is dishing out three delicious meals a day and compost toilets are being built. A vision of a sustainable self- managed world is being put together piece by piece in a field in Kent, less than 45 minutes from London. All are welcome to come down as soon as they can to join in with the creation of Climate Camp 2008, in preparation for the opening on Sunday, 3rd August, when hundreds more will come and begin the week of workshops and action preparations.
No More Carbon Dinosaurs! Stop a disastrous new generation of coal-fired power plants
Sunday 3 August 2008
Rally and march to Climate Camp
Assemble 12 noon Rochester High Street
Trains from London take 40-70 minutes
Speakers will include
Ashok Sinha, Executive Director of Stop Climate Chaos,
Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party),
Sean Furey, Deputy Director of the Kent Branch, Campaign to Protect Rural England,
Benedict Southworth Executive Director of the World Development Movement,
James Lloyd of People and Planet,
Penny Eastwood from the Camp for Climate Action,
Maureen Ruparel Lib Dem Medway councillor,
Steve Wilkins from Medway Trades Council,
Simon Marchant from Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway
Phil Thornhill from the Campaign against Climate Change.