Thursday, January 10, 2008

CLIMATE ACTION NEWS SHEET 75, JANUARY 2008

This is one of the best news sheets of various climate related protests, stunts, campaign and websites going on around the uk. It is put together by Rising Tide uk.



CLIMATE ACTION NEWS SHEET 75, JANUARY 2008

Compiled and sent out by Rising Tide UK
To subscribe email info at risingtide.org.uk





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UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS:

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1) FOSSIL FOOLS DAY - NATIONAL, 1.4.08
2) LONDON RISING TIDE BENEFIT - LONDON, 11.1.08
3) NEWQUAY AIRPORT EXPANSION, PUBLIC DEBATE - CORNWALL, 12.1.08
4) RADICAL ACTION VS. CLIMATE CHAOS, NATIONAL MEET - NOTTINGHAM,
12.1.08
5) CLIMATE CAMP NATIONAL GATHERING - LEEDS, 26-27.1.08
6) BIOFUELWATCH WEEK OF ACTION - NATIONAL, 26.1.08 - 1.2.08
7) MANCHESTER CLIMATE FORUM - 1.3.08
8) DAY OF ACTION VS. GLOBAL AGRIBUSINESS - INTERNATIONAL, 26.1.08
9) LOW-IMPACT SMALLHOLDING - BUCKS, 11-13.1.08

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RECENT HAPPENINGS:

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1) NEWQUAY AIRPORT ROOFTOP OCCUPATION - 15.12.07
2) SANTAS AGAINST EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION - NORWICH & LONDON, 15.12.07
3) BRISTOL RISING TIDE TAKES ACTION VS. SHELL GREENWASH - DECEMBER
2007
4) SHELL TO SEA SCALE GOVERNMENT OFFICE - IRELAND, 19.12.07
5) NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH AND ACTIONS - 8.12.07
6) DUTCH COAL ACTION - 8.12.07
7) FLIGHT CENTRES SHUT FOR BUSINESS - MANCHESTER, 7.12.07
8) CHEADLE-HIGH-STREET AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE - DECEMBER 2007
9) SUBVERTISEMENTS IN LONDON AND MANCHESTER - DECEMBER 2007
10) WOMEN'S BLOCKADE OF DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT - 7.12.07
11) THE TIDE IS RISING! - 7.12.07
12) CLIMATE ACTIVISTS STOP WORK AT COAL MINE - SOUTH WALES, 5.12.07
13) INTERNATIONAL RT HOAX TARGETS BIG CARBON - 3.12.07
14) HOMELESS POLAR BEARS IN COURT - BRISTOL, 14.11.07
15) KEEP OIL UNDERGROUND - DECEMBER 2007
16) SIZEWELL NUCLEAR CLIMATE ACTION - 1.12.07
17) MANIAC MOTORIST MARS MASS - GLASGOW, NOVEMBER 2007
18) VIVA’S ‘HOT!’ CAMPAIGN - DECEMBER 2007
19) WHAT BETTER TIME? - DECEMBER 2007
20) BATH BOMB, ISSUE 5 - DECEMBER 2007
21) PACIFIC CURRENTS - DECEMBER 2007
22) A HOUSE OF CARDS - DECEMBER 2007
23) SOUTH WEST AIR ACTION - DECEMBER 2007
24) RISING TIDE LEAMINGTON SPA - DECEMBER 2007
25) RISING TIDE ON YOU TUBE

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UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS:

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1) FOSSIL FOOLS DAY - NATIONAL, 1.4.08
Just three months to go - are you out practising your routines? rehearsing
your songs? building your props yet? I should get out more over Christmas...
However, it will soon be time to hatch your mischievous scheme, so get your friends round and start plotting! http://www.fossilfoolsday.org/

2) LONDON RISING TIDE BENEFIT - LONDON, 11.1.08
In support of London Rising Tide, AMP is organising a night of live music at The Others, Manor Road, Stoke Newington. Entrance £5. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?
fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=38074566

3) NEWQUAY AIRPORT EXPANSION, PUBLIC DEBATE - CORNWALL, 12.1.08
Organised by Rising Tide with speakers from Groundswell and Plane Stupid.
7pm St. Mawgan Community Hall, Nr. Newquay, Cornwall. For more info.
email; kernor[at]risingtide.org.uk

4) RADICAL ACTION VS. CLIMATE CHAOS, NATIONAL MEET - NOTTINGHAM,
12.1.08
11am - 6pm at The Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields,
Nottingham. This meeting came out of the last Climate Camp gathering in
November. It is focussed on growing our movement - how can we encourage more groups to
form and more actions/campaigns to happen? What things do we want to do to
help build a vibrant network of regional action groups doing actions locally and nationally?
For instruction on how to get there: http://www.veggies.org.uk/sumac/map.html
Also, 11 people are going to trial in Nottingham on Monday 14th for 'shutting down' the local coal power station, If anyone wants to stay to support them that would be great!

5) CLIMATE CAMP NATIONAL GATHERING - LEEDS, 26-27.1.08
The Climate Camp on its own didn't stop climate change - but it's part of a growing social movement that can! Come and take the next steps forward at the upcoming UK-wide meeting on Jan 26-27 in Leeds. Everyone is welcome, whether you came to the camp, or were simply inspired by it. http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/nextmeeting.php

6) BIOFUELWATCH WEEK OF ACTION - NATIONAL, 26.1.08 - 1.2.08
Biofuelwatch are calling for a national week of local action on agrofuels between 26th January and 1st February 2008. We will shortly update our website to provide more background information about the UK agrofuel industry and policies, as well as a draft leaflet and other
resources. If you would like to get involved or find out more, please email us at
info[at]biofuelwatch.org.uk. http://biofuelwatch.org.uk/

7) MANCHESTER CLIMATE FORUM - 1.3.08
Manchester Climate Forum "Climate Change: it's time to prepare" 9.15am at the Methodist Hall, Oldham St, Central Manchester http://www.manchesterclimateforum.org.uk/index.html

8) DAY OF ACTION VS. GLOBAL AGRIBUSINESS - INTERNATIONAL, 26.1.08
On January 26 self-organized groups from all around the world will take creative action in their community. This will manifest in many ways, from nonviolent direct action, civil disobedience, street theatre, convergences, teach-ins and other activities and events. Grassroots
movements around the world are making their voices heard and saying “Another World is Possible”. In coordination with the World Social Forum. http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/category/front-page/

9) LOW-IMPACT SMALLHOLDING - BUCKS, 11-13.1.08
Next course by the Low-Impact Living Initiative;
http://www.lowimpact.org/courseoutlinelowimpactsmallholding.htm

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RECENT HAPPENINGS:

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1) NEWQUAY AIRPORT ROOFTOP OCCUPATION - 15.12.07
For the recently formed Kernow and Plymouth Rising Tide groups, this
action marked an escalation in their fight against climate change
and for environmental justice. However the planned rooftop protest at Newquay
airport was given an unlikely boost when builders at the airport
left a ladder propped up! %20CLIMATE%20ACTION%20NEWS%20SHEET%2075,%20JANUARY%202008">http://risingtide.org.uk/node/248
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/7146159.stm
2) SANTAS AGAINST EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION - NORWICH AND LONDON, 15.12.07
Subversive Singing Santas Spread Seasonal Sanity in London and Norwich
On one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Rising Tide activists in
both London and Norwich dressed up as Santas Against Excessive Consumption
and hit the high streets to sing a different tune to the usual buy, buy,
buy madness of the holiday season. http://risingtide.org.uk/node/247
3) BRISTOL RISING TIDE TAKES ACTION VS. SHELL GREENWASH - DECEMBER
2007
A series of actions is being taken against the organisers of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and Bristol Museum, in protest at the sponsorship of the event by Shell. A grumpy polar bear visited the offices of BBC Wildlife magazine, then activists disrupted Bristol Museum's posh reception to kick off the exhibition with a Yes Men-style intervention. And on the opening
morning, dozens of humans, polar bears, a snow leopard and a tiger gathered (complete with the Shell’s Wild Lie counter-exhibition) in front of the museum. They handed out leaflets and created quite a spectacle. Protests are expected to continue through Jan. 13th.
http://risingtide.org.uk/bristol
4) SHELL TO SEA SCALE GOVERNMENT OFFICE - IRELAND, 19.12.07
A special prayer and carol service was held on 16th December at Bellanaboy, County Mayo, marking the end of another year of community struggle against Shell's proposed raw gas pipeline and inland refinery. On the 19th, a small group of Shell to Sea activists scaled the
heights of the Department of Natural Resources to place a banner reading PROTECT
IRISH NATURAL RESOURCES on the balcony outside Eamon Ryan's office.
http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17942 http://www.corribsos.com/
5) NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH AND ACTIONS - 8.12.07
Over 10,000 climate campaigners took to the streets to take part in marches in London and Glasgow over the weekend, despite pouring rain. Protesters braved the weather in one the biggest demonstrations calling for climate justice the UK has ever seen.
http://www.campaigncc.org/
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/12/387497.html
Environmental activists from direct action group Plane Stupid shut down
travel agents and airline offices along the route of the Climate March in
London. http://www.planestupid.com/Meanwhile, in Manchester airline billboards advertising cheap flights to European cities were subverted.
6) DUTCH COAL ACTION - 8.12.07
A collective of twenty Dutch EarthFirst! activists blocked the coal conveyor- belt to a plant owned by the German energy giant E.on on the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam.
http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17893
7) FLIGHT CENTRES SHUT FOR BUSINESS - MANCHESTER, 7.12.07
All Flight Centre branches in Manchester city centre were super- glued shut in time for Saturday trading and to coincide with the climate march in London. They were pasted with notices saying: "Closed - we want your kids to have a planet" The UK's only Hummer dealership, Bauer Millett, was also D-locked shut. http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17887
8) CHEADLE-HIGH-STREET AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE - DECEMBER 2007
Activists from Cheadle-High-Street Against Climate Change held a "A planet
is not just for Xmas" campaign for a sustainable Xmas. http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17917
9) SUBVERTISEMENTS IN LONDON AND MANCHESTER - DECEMBER 2007
Two adverts promoting DVD's by Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson now have large
stickers stuck on declaring "This causes climate change". Also, FlyBe appears to have spotted the errors of their ways and cancelled their short-haul summer routes. Bravo FlyBe!
http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17937
10) WOMEN'S BLOCKADE OF DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT - 7.12.07 Women climate activists blockaded the Department for Transport preventing staff from getting to work and carrying out their policies which are catapulting us towards dangerous run-away climate change. This action comes in response to the Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly confirming the government's intentions to build a third runway and a sixth terminal at Heathrow and coincides with the opening of their first "consultation".
http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17883
11) THE TIDE IS RISING! - 7.12.07
A banner with this warning/statement was dropped to welcome all those entering the city of Manchester on the Princess parkway. http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17886
12) CLIMATE ACTIVISTS STOP WORK AT COAL MINE - SOUTH WALES, 5.12.07
More than thirty climate activists, including members of the Rising Tide network, joined with local residents from Merthyr Tydfil in stopping excavation work for a full day on Britain’s biggest ever open-cast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran in South Wales. Activists evaded police and
security before taking over the 1,000 acre site on a hilltop near Cardiff. Dressed
as clowns and polar bears, they chained themselves to bulldozers and other heavy machinery to prevent work on the mine. http://risingtide.org.uk/node/242
13) INTERNATIONAL RT HOAX TARGETS BIG CARBON - 3.12.07
Climate activists with the international Rising Tide network embarrassed the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby group composed of 33 prominent businesses and organizations, by distributing a spoof press release declaring that the consortium’s members had committed to a 90 percent reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In
addition, the spoof release called for an immediate moratorium on the
construction of all new coal-fired power plants. http://risingtide.org.uk/node/240
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/dec/03/oil.bp
14) HOMELESS POLAR BEARS IN COURT - BRISTOL, 14.11.07
Four homeless polar bears appeared before Bristol Magistrates Court on 14th November. They were arrested after blockading the Royal Bank of Scotland corporate offices on Avon St. during the Rising Tide national day of action. After pleading guilty to charges of "wilfully
obstructing the public highway with a non motor vehicle" (i.e. a suit case) they were
given a conditional discharge and went on to picket the RBS branch on Baldwin Street!
http://risingtide.org.uk/node/243
15) KEEP OIL UNDERGROUND - DECEMBER 2007
The only way to fight climate change. A new report by OilWatch.
http://www.oilwatch.org/doc/documentos/Keep_oil_underground.pdf
http://www.oilwatch.org/
16) SIZEWELL NUCLEAR CLIMATE ACTION - 1.12.07
What else would you do at this time in the morning at a nuclear power
station, other than lay on the road, lock yourselves together, unfurl your banner reading "nuclear power is not the answer to climate chaos" and wait 15 minutes for the security to notice you. http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17868
17) MANIAC MOTORIST MARS MASS - GLASGOW, NOVEMBER 2007
Unburdened with festive spirit, a middle-aged woman leant out of
her car and pulled a cyclist off his bike. http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17889
18) VIVA’S ‘HOT!’ CAMPAIGN - DECEMBER 2007
"Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation 2006 find out more at http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/hot/index.php
19) WHAT BETTER TIME? - DECEMBER 2007
A free news sheet from the Scottish Climate Activist Network.
http://whatbettertime.livejournal.com/
20) BATH BOMB, ISSUE 5 - DECEMBER 2007
Christmas edition of the monthly Bathonian rabblerousiness.
http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/17905
21) PACIFIC CURRENTS - DECEMBER 2007
For updates on the work of Pacific Environment, a non-profit organisation
that protects the Pacific Rim's wild places and wildlife, see; http://www.pacificenvironment.org/article.php?id=2658
22) A HOUSE OF CARDS - DECEMBER 2007
From fantasy finance to global crash. Your guide to understanding the crisis that is sweeping through the global financial system and what it means for ordinary people.
Endorsed by Kevin Smith of Carbon Trade Watch and filmmaker Ken Loach.
http://www.aworldtowin.net/about/HouseOfCards.html
23) SOUTH WEST AIR ACTION - DECEMBER 2007
A new website. http://www.swairaction.org.uk/
24) RISING TIDE LEAMINGTON SPA is born - DECEMBER 2007
The group had its first meeting on 3rd January and is now swinging into action. If you live in the area and want to find out more or get involved contact becqke[at]riseup.net
25) RISING TIDE ON YOU TUBE
Rising Tide action footage has been springing up all over youtube -
check out http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RisingTideNetwork for some RT
films, some of the latest actions and links to other's videos of RT actions.

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