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15 August 2008

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Climate Camp 2008: a model of action and community - preview

John Nicholls spoke to Quakers at the camp about their experiences

One of the highlights of the year for environmental campaigning and action took place between 3 and 11 August near Kingsnorth power station in Kent
  • The Camp for Climate Action aimed to facilitate protest and direct action against the redevlopment of this coal-fired power station for a new generation of fossil fuel use
  • The camp provided workshops and discussions on issues around climate change and demonstrated sustainable living and active participation and empowerment


  • Shelley Lea from Hampstead Meeting said that there was a sense of cooperation and community within the camp, with people coming together from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • The camp was organised into regional neighbourhoods or barrios, which created smaller-scale communities within the larger camp and helped it to run effectively
  • Each barrio had a kitchen, a marquee with living space and sharing of work, with all members involved in cooking, washing up, gate duty and general site maintenance
  • Decisions were made through a process of consensus decision making, in which hand signals were used to express support or reservations and proposals required full support to be adopted
  • Beth Smith, from Alton in Hampshire, felt that this worked tremendously well in her East Midlands barrio and shared many of the positive traits of the Quaker business method

  • John Nicholls

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