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Sunday 20 December 2009

90 Climate Camp protestors meet 50 police at Muja Power Station

Around 90 protestors met with over 50 riot and mounted police today outside Muja powerstation in Collie to take a stand against the expansion of the coal industry there, which is occurring despite viable renewable energy technologies that are available.  

The community members, who were participating in Camp for Climate Action WA 09, initially set-up a picket line at the entrance to the powerstation and asked workers to respect the line by not entering the compound. One worker was unhappy with the power wastage at the plant but drove into work, through the large body of police. Although the workers did cross, there was dialogue between them and some of the protestors, and many workers accepted gifts of sapling plants.

The climate change protestors then formed a circle on the road to decide what would happen next. Artists covered the road in designs made out of natural materials gathered from the surrounding bush. A three metre tall inflatable dinosaur with a sign saying “Coal Technology is Prehistoric” was visible while the ‘clown army’ brought laughter to the protestors and police through various pranks and antics.

The police presence had grown by the latter half of the morning, and 3 lines of riot police stood in front of 6 mounted police, guarding the front entrance of Muja powerstation.

Officials from the company came out and declared the boundaries of the power station and stated that people would be arrested if they crossed these. When asked if they would be willing to engage in a Q&A dialogue, the two officials obliged.

They responded to questions regarding climate change, renewables and jobs, and made an agreement with Nyungah community members that they would meet to discuss the future of Verve energy in relation to the traditional owners and custodians of the land.

During the action, despite the police lines blocking the entrance, one protestor managed to enter the power station via an alternative route, and was later reported to have been arrested.

Protestors are intending to return to the site this evening to set up another picket line and engage with workers during the next shift change.

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 18 December 2009

Climate Camp in Collie Grows: Hundreds Expected

Around 70 people from around WA and interstate have arrived at Stockton Lake in Collie for WA’s first Camp for Climate Action.

Climate Camp is a free community event involving four days of camping, networking, and learning through participatory workshops on sustainability, renewable energy and ways to start transitioning away from a dependence on coal and other fossil fuels.

Collie is the coal hub of WA, and the industry there is expanding operations, with another mine site and four more power stations planned for the region over the next four years.

One of the organisers of Climate Camp, Cath Price states “The negotiations we see crumbling at Copenhagen were never going to work because the process is always going to be fouled by power and profit games.  Only local grassroots community initiatives will bring about a just transition for not only the people of Collie and the employees of the fossil fuel industry, but also for other nations adapting to the effects of climate change – those whose livelihoods and lives are at stake”.

Many more people are expected to arrive tomorrow and participate in workshops and the community picnic, as well as gearing up for the mass action on Sunday, the details of which will be decided by consensus at the Spokes Council meeting on Saturday Night at 7.30pm.

The Camp for Climate Action opened peacefully on Thursday and without the anticipated confrontational reactions expected by police from locals. 

“Despite an extremely heavy police presence in the town, and constant patrols by police and employees from local coal companies at the camp, we are looking forward to a meaningful engagement with people in Collie and an exciting and effective action day on Sunday.”

MEDIA

Media are encouraged to call Emma McIntyre or Cath Price on 0438 856 981, for the latest updates and arrange to cover the story.

Journalists, film crews and photographers are advised to meet at Stockton Lake at 10.30am Sunday 20th December for the start of the mass action.

For previous press releases and published media, visit www.climatecampwa.wordpress.com

 

 

Media Release – Collie Media Version

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Climate Camp begins: workshops, music and festivities on the agenda

 Climate Camp commences today at Stockton Lake, and will involve 5 days of workshops, music, fun and games, and climate action.

Concerns about the future of Collie, raised by locals who attended the forum held in Collie last month, will be discussed at workshops over the period of the camp, and input from Collie people is sought. The concerns included questions on how Collie can transition to renewables and a sustainable economy while keeping decision-making power in local hands and keeping locals employed.

Workshops with a local focus include ‘What’s happening with the coal industry in Collie and what are the effects on the local area’, ‘How to speed up the transition to renewables and make it fair’, and ‘DIY sustainability ideas’. Bigger-picture workshops such as ‘what governments are and aren’t doing about climate change’ and ‘controversial proposed solutions: carbon capture and storage, nuclear power and carbon trading’ will also be run.

There will be fun workshops such as ‘Tree Climbing’ and ‘How to fix your bike’ and live music each night from 8.30pm onwards with bands and open mic spaces.

Time has also been set aside for open space workshop sessions, where Collie folk and others can come along and self-organise to run their own workshops on issues they feel are important.

This evening there will be Nyungah Welcome to Country at 7.30pm, followed by a welcome to the camp, and on Friday there will be a workshop on the Nyungah connection to land and working in solidarity with Nyungah people.

A community picnic will be held on Saturday at 12.30pm, where there will be stalls and games.

Meals will be provided at a pay-as-you-feel community kitchen for the full duration of the camp.

Organiser Emma McIntyre stated “We would really love to see as many locals attend the camp as possible so we can begin a constructive dialogue about the future of Collie and of WA, in the face of the global changes – climatic, economic and political – that we are facing”.

The mass action will be held on Sunday at 10.30am, and the type of action will be decided by camp participants at the Spokescouncil before the day.

For more information, a full program of events, and to register for the free camp, visit the website, at http://www.climatecamp.wordpress.com

Media Spokesperson: Emma McIntyre 0403 952 365 or 0438 856 981 (during the camp)

 

 

 Media Release – Southwest Media Version

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Climate Camp begins: workshops, music and festivities on the agenda

 Climate Camp commences this Thursday at Stockton Lake, and will involve 5 days of workshops, music, fun and games, and climate action.

Concerns about the future of Collie, raised by locals who attended the forum held in Collie last month, will be discussed at workshops over the period of the camp, and input from Collie locals and others from the SouthWest region is sought. The concerns included questions on how Collie can transition to renewables and a sustainable economy while keeping decision-making power in local hands and keeping locals employed.

Workshops with a local focus include ‘What’s happening with the coal industry in Collie and what are the effects on the local area’, ‘How to speed up the transition to renewables and make it fair’, and ‘DIY sustainability ideas’. Bigger-picture workshops such as ‘what governments are and aren’t doing about climate change’ and ‘controversial proposed solutions: carbon capture and storage, nuclear power and carbon trading’ will also be run.

There will be fun workshops such as ‘Tree Climbing’ and ‘How to fix your bike’ and live music each night from 8.30pm onwards with bands and open mic spaces.

Time has also been set aside for open space workshop sessions, where Collie folk and others can come along and self-organise to run their own workshops on issues they feel are important.

On the first evening, on Thursday, there will be Nyungah Welcome to Country at 7.30pm, followed by a welcome to the camp, and on Friday there will be a workshop on the Nyungah connection to land and working in solidarity with Nyungah people.

A community picnic will be held on Saturday at 12.30pm, where there will be stalls and games.

Meals will be provided at a pay-as-you-feel community kitchen for the full duration of the camp.

Organiser Emma McIntyre stated “We would really love to see as many people from the Southwest attend the camp as possible so we can begin a constructive dialogue about the future of Collie, the Southwest and of WA, in the face of the global changes – climatic, economic and political – that we are facing”.

The mass action will be held on Sunday at 10.30am, and the type of action will be decided by camp participants at the Spokescouncil before the day.

For more information, a full program of events, and to register for the free camp, visit the website, at http://www.climatecamp.wordpress.com

 Media Spokesperson: Emma McIntyre 0403 952 365 or 0438 856 981 (during the camp)

 

 

Media Release  – Perth Media Version

Tuesday 15 December 2009    

Climate Camp begins: workshops, music and festivities on the agenda     

Climate Camp commences this Thursday in Collie at scenic Stockton Lake, and will involve 5 days of workshops, music, fun and games, and climate action.    

Workshops with a local focus include ‘What’s happening with the coal industry in Collie and what are the effects on the local area’, ‘How to speed up the transition to renewables and make it fair’, and ‘DIY sustainability ideas’. Bigger-picture workshops such as ‘what governments are and aren’t doing about climate change’ and ‘controversial proposed solutions: carbon capture and storage, nuclear power and carbon trading’ will also be run.    

There will be fun workshops such as ‘Tree Climbing’ and ‘How to fix your bike’ and live music each night from 8.30pm onwards with bands and open mic spaces.     

Time has also been set aside for open space workshop sessions, where camp participants can come along and self-organise to run workshops on issues they feel are important.     

On the first evening this Thursday, there will be Nyungah Welcome to Country at 7.30pm, followed by a welcome to the camp, and on Friday there will be a workshop on the Nyungah connection to land and working in solidarity with Nyungah people.     

A community picnic will be held on Saturday at 12.30pm, where there will be stalls and games.     

Meals will be provided at a pay-as-you-feel community kitchen for the full duration of the camp.     

Organiser Emma McIntyre stated “We would really love to see as many Western Australians attend the camp as possible so we can begin a constructive dialogue about the future of Collie and of WA, in the face of the global changes – climatic, economic and political – that we are facing, and so that we can act together to show that we are serious about climate change”.     

The mass action will be held on Sunday at 10.30am, and the type of action will be decided by camp participants at the Spokescouncil before the day.     

For more information, a full program of events, and to register for the free camp, visit the website, at http://www.climatecamp.wordpress.com     

Media Spokesperson: Emma McIntyre 0403 952 365 or 0438 856 981     

   

   

MEDIA RELEASE   

     Monday 14 December 2009  

Christmas Cancelled: Santa Claus arrives as Climate Refugee
WHEN: Monday 14 December 2009, 9.30AM
WHERE: Department of Immigration, Wellington Central, 836 Wellington Street
West Perth WA 6005           

Border patrol handed over three climate refugees to the Department of Immigration last night, found floating on an iceberg several hundred kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. The three identified themselves as Santa Claus and two of his elves from the north-pole workshop.               

Santa Claus, standing outside the Department of Immigration stated, “Christmas has been cancelled and the elves and I are seeking refugee status. Our homeland has been threatened by the effects of climate change and we are now looking for sustainable employment and a permanent home in Australia.”               

“We believe in climate justice! Developed countries like Australia have to tackle climate change by urgently making real change at home.”               

“False solutions like coal, nuclear and carbon offsetting have no part to play in a just international agreement to fight climate change.”               

“Climate Justice means emissions cuts in developed countries like Australia, and money for developing countries to grow cleanly and adapt to the effects of climate change – it will especially mean a change in our consumption patterns.”               

Santa apologised for not listening to the concerns of his “green” elves earlier when they warned what climate change could do to their homeland and their jobs, and has now decided to travel to Collie this Thursday to attend the Camp for Climate Action, where he and the elves will partake in participatory education and grassroots action on climate change”.               

He stated “The coal industry is expanding in Collie despite the federal government’s rhetoric about a commitment to mitigating climate change”.               

“We want to protect our homeland, and the rest of the world, from the effects of climate change and we are going to join other people in Collie – people who care about the future of life on earth rather than about unsustainable economic growth – to work towards building the world we want to live in”.               

Emma McIntyre, climate camp spokesperson said, “Climate Camp will be happening from Thursday 17th until Monday 21st of December, and will be a great way to meet people, learn, share and act against the climate injustices that are being imposed on us as world citizens”.              

For more information or to talk directly to Santa Claus:  Emma McIntyre, Santa’s little helper & climate camp organiser: 0403 952 365  https://climatecampwa.wordpress.com            

   

   

MEDIA RELEASE       

Thursday 10 December 2009        

  ONE WEEK TILL 5-DAY CLIMATE EDUCATION AND PROTEST CAMP SETS UP IN COLLIE         

In only a week’s time, with the Copenhagen Summit over, members of the WA community who are concerned about global warming and its effects on WA will be converging in Collie, to participate in the 5 day long “Camp for Climate Action”. The camp will run from 17-21 December, and organisers are inviting all WA community members to come along.           

“This is an open call to all individuals, workers, students, families, organisations and indigenous communities to come and join over 200 people for five days of peaceful protest in Collie, including workshops, forums and a day of fun, creative, and inspiring direct community action.”         

Emma McIntyre states “We are concerned community members wanting to see an urgent and fair transition from fossil fuels, including coal and gas, to renewable electricity for our state. We’ve changed our lightbulbs and we’ve written letters and it’s all for nothing if we keep burning coal. We are tired of our politicians and business leaders gambling away our futures with their power games”.         

Collie is the coal hub of WA, and it is estimated that the industry there will emit 10 million tonnes of CO2 each year over the long term, representing 13% of WA greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, and exceeding total transport emissions for the state. Another mine site and four more power stations are planned for the region, and spokespeople from the companies operating there continue to make excuses for expanding their profit base, using arguments that have been refuted such as the baseload myth.         

Sustainable Energy Now says “simple maths shows us that WA, with its abundant natural resources, is fully capable of meeting all of its current energy needs – and more – from entirely renewable sources, including solar thermal, geothermal, wave, and wind”.         

Adjunct Professor Ray Wills from UWA has reported on the already noticeable effects of the enhanced greenhouse effect in WA, including the 50% drop in water supply to reservoirs, as well as current and future adverse effects on the wheat and wine industries, sea level, and loss of biodiversity in the Southwest, the only Biodiverity Hotspot in Australia out of the 34 hotspots worldwide.             

While environmental organisations have been fighting for decades on these issues, community action which includes everyone is now required. Climate Camp is organised by a broad cross-section of community members of all ages and from all walks of life, not just green groups. Climate justice needs to become a mainstream movement powered by people, not just greenies.         

There is a rich history of civil disobedience in Australia, breaking the law in a peaceful way to show that injustices will not be tolerated, and we need to remember and learn from past struggles which have won us the luxuries we now take for granted, such as the 8 hour working day. Al Gore is one supporter of this form of action against climate change, stating “Civil disobedience has an honourable history. When the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable and it has a role to play”         

From London to Bangaldesh, Climate Camps are being held across the world in 2009, each making the link between local struggles for environmental justice and the global imperative of climate change, and are popping up at coal mines, power stations, airports and nuclear reactors. Three camps have already taken place in Australia this year, in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, and WA’s Climate Camp is next.         

For more information about climate camp, visit the website at http://www.climatecampwa.wordpress.com or email climatecampwa09@gmail.com       

Media Contacts:  Emma McIntyre – 0403 952 365       

  

 

  

MEDIA RELEASE 

Tuesday 24 November 2009 

Life and Jobs in Collie after Coal: Free public forum  

 A public forum will be held in the lead-up to the WA Camp for Climate Action, entitled “Life and Jobs in Collie after Coal”, on Sunday 29 November from 3-5pm at the Margaretta Wilson Centre, 99 Forrest Street, Collie. 

Camp for Climate Action, or Climate Camp, is hosting the forum because the organisers recognise that the economy and jobs of Collie are dependent on the coal industry. “We would like to invite the residents of Collie to be part of the constructive discussion about a just transition from a coal-based economy to a sustainable clean energy future”.   

The forum on Sunday will be held in addition to another forum during Climate Camp, from December 17-21, and will be about listening to what Collie residents have to say and what they want in regards to coal, jobs and their futures. 

“We believe Collie can benefit from the switch to clean renewable energy without threatening the jobs of Collie workers or the stability of the Collie community. Sustainable energy jobs are cleaner and safer than coal. A suite of renewable energy — including solar, wind, geothermal and wave sources — can easily produce all of WA’s energy needs, without exposing workers to daily contact with toxic materials, and without threatening global warming which affects all life on the planet. 

A friendly letterbox drop with information about the forum was recently done by some of the organisers, and letters were delivered to many Collie households. Those houses that did not receive the letter should do within the next week. 

 One of the organisers stated “During our lawful letterbox rounds, we attracted the attention of the local constabulary, and our names and addresses were taken”. 

Climate Camp will involve over 200 people gathering for five days of peaceful protest in Collie, including workshops, forums and a day of fun, creative, and inspiring direct community action. The organising collective looks forward to seeing Collie members at the forum and at the camp. 

“The Climate Camp Organising Group is a public group, open to anyone who supports our stated aims of promoting a clean and sustainable energy future. You can contact us if you would like to help organise or participate, or if you did not receive a letter and would like a copy.” 

The letter is available at http://www.climatecampwa.wordpress.com, or by phoning Mar – 08 9371 3791 or Dom – 0415 258 301 or emailing climatecampwa09@gmail.com

 MEDIA CONTACT:  Emma McIntyre – 0403 952 365 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE – Extended Version

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Camp for Climate Action Invites Western Australia: 17th – 21st December 2009

 Members of the WA community, concerned about global warming and its effects on WA, have been organising “Camp for Climate Action”, to be held in Collie from 17-21st December and are inviting all WA community members to get involved.

“This is an open call to all individuals, workers, students, families, organisations and indigenous communities to come and join over 200 people for five days of peaceful protest in Collie, including workshops, forums and a day of fun, creative, and inspiring direct community action.”

 Emma McIntyre, one of the organisers states “We are concerned community members wanting to see an urgent transition from fossil fuels, including coal and gas, to renewable electricity for our state. We’ve changed our lightbulbs and we’ve written letters and it’s all for nothing if we keep burning coal. Climate change is not just an issue for future generations, it will affect us in our lifetime, is affecting us now, and we are tired of our politicians and business leaders buggerising around with power games”

It is estimated that the Collie coal industry will emit 10 million tonnes of CO2 each year over the long term.  This represents 13% of WA greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, and exceeds total transport emissions for the state. Another mine site and four more power stations are planned for Collie, and spokespeople from the companies operating there continue to make excuses for expanding their profit base, using arguments that have been refuted such as the baseload myth.

Sustainable Energy Now says “simple maths shows us that WA, with its abundant natural resources, is fully capable of meeting all of its current energy needs – and more – from entirely renewable sources, including solar thermal, geothermal, wave, and wind”.

Adjunct Professor Ray Wills from UWA has reported on the already noticeable effects of the enhanced greenhouse effect in WA, including the 50% drop in water supply to reservoirs, as well as current and future adverse effects on the wheat and wine industries, sea level, and loss of biodiversity in the Southwest, the only Biodiverity Hotspot in Australia out of the 34 hotspots worldwide.    

While environmental organisations have been fighting for decades on these issues, community action which includes everyone is now required. Climate Camp is organised by a broad cross-section of community members of all ages and from all walks of life, not just green groups. Climate justice needs to become a mainstream movement powered by people, not just greenies.

There is a rich history of civil disobedience in Australia, breaking the law in a peaceful way to show that injustices will not be tolerated, and we need to remember and learn from past struggles which have won us the luxuries we now take for granted, such as the 8 hour working day. Al Gore is one supporter of this form of action against climate change, stating “Civil disobedience has an honourable history. When the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable and it has a role to play”

From London to Bangaldesh, Climate Camps are being held across the world in 2009, each making the link between local struggles for environmental justice and the global imperative of climate change, and are popping up at coal mines, power stations, airports and nuclear reactors. Three camps have already taken place in Australia this year, in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, and WA’s Climate Camp is next.

There will be 2 public forums held in the lead-up to climate camp, one in Perth and one in Collie. The forum in Perth “Life and Jobs in WA after Coal” will be held on 25 November from 6-8pm at The Woolnough Lecture Theatre at the University of Western Australia.

For more information about climate camp, visit the website at http://www.climatecampwa.wordpress.com or email climatecampwa09@gmail.com

Media Contacts: Emma McIntyre – 0403 952 365,  Cath Price – 0424 611 715

 

 

MEDIA RELEASEShort Version

CLIMATE CAMP INVITES WESTERN AUSTRALIANS – Tuesday 17 November 2009

Members of the WA community, concerned about global warming and its effects on WA, have been organising “Camp for Climate Action”, to be held in Collie from 17-21st December and are inviting all WA community members to get involved.

“This is an open call to all individuals, workers, students, families, organisations and indigenous communities to come and join over 200 people for five days of peaceful protest in Collie, including workshops, forums and a day of fun, creative, and inspiring direct community action.”

 Emma McIntyre, one of the organisers states “We are concerned community members wanting to see an urgent transition from fossil fuels, including coal and gas, to renewable electricity for our state. We’ve changed our lightbulbs and we’ve written letters and it’s all for nothing if we keep burning coal. We are tired of our politicians and business leaders buggerising around with power games”

Despite the fact that the Collie coal industry’s emissions exceed total transport emissions for the state, another mine site and four more power stations are planned for the area.

Sustainable Energy Now says “simple maths shows us that WA, with its abundant natural resources, is fully capable of meeting all of its current energy needs – and more – from entirely renewable sources, including solar thermal, geothermal, wave, and wind”.

Adjunct Professor Ray Wills from UWA has reported on the already noticeable effects of the enhanced greenhouse effect in WA, including the 50% drop in water supply to reservoirs, as well as current and future adverse effects on the wheat and wine industries, sea level, and loss of biodiversity in the Southwest, the only Biodiverity Hotspot in Australia out of the 34 hotspots worldwide.  

While environmental organisations have been fighting for decades on these issues, community action which includes everyone is now required. Climate justice needs to become a mainstream movement powered by people, not just greenies, and there is a rich history of civil disobedience in Australia, breaking the law in a peaceful way to show that injustices will not be tolerated, which needs to be remembered. The 8 hour working day is one luxury that was fought for but is now taken for granted. Al Gore is one supporter, stating “When the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable and it has a role to play”

From London to Bangaldesh, Climate Camps are being held across the world in 2009, each making the link between local struggles for environmental justice and the global imperative of climate change. Three camps have already taken place in Australia this yearand WA’s Climate Camp is next.

There will be 2 public forums held in the lead-up to climate camp, one in Perth and one in Collie. The forum in Perth “Life and Jobs in WA after Coal” will be held on 25 November from 6-8pm at The Woolnough Lecture Theatre at the University of Western Australia.

For more information about climate camp, visit the website at www.climatecampwa.wordpress.com or email climatecampwa09@gmail.com

Media Contacts:

Emma McIntyre – 0403 952 365

Cath Price – 0424 611 715

          

 

            

 MEDIA RELEASE   

Tuesday 13 October 2009                

Camp for Climate Action WA invites Collie                

            

The WA community is calling for a switch from fossil fuels to renewables, with today’s launch of Camp for Climate Action WA to be held 17 – 20 December in Collie.                

Emma McIntyre, one of the Climate Camp organisers states “We are concerned community members wanting to see an urgent transition from fossil fuels, including coal and gas, to renewable electricity for our state. We are tired of our politicians and business leaders gambling away our future”                

It is estimated that the Collie coal industry will emit 10 million tonnes of CO2 each year over the long term.  This represents 13% of WA greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 and exceeds total transport emissions for the state.                

Today’s launch of Camp for Climate Action is an open call to the WA community to come and join over 200 people for three days of peaceful protest in Collie, including workshops, forums and a day of fun, creative, and inspiring direct community action.”                

With more mine sites and power stations planned in the area, the ecological sustainability of the Collie basin water supply is under extreme threat in a time of a drying climate.”                

We especially welcome the local community, including workers from the power plants and coal mines, over the three days. We support their concerns about Collie’s coal expansion, including direct impacts on their rivers, waterways, biodiversity, recreation and health. We support the right of Collie residents to a viable, vibrant future, after the end of coal, where people’s children and grandchildren can be employed in renewable industries that will continue to provide job security for generations to come.                

There are 20 Climate Camps being held across the world in 2009, each making the link between local struggles for environmental justice with the global imperative of climate change. This year Climate Camps are popping up at coal mines, coal fired power stations, an airport in France, a nuclear reactor in Lapland, the European Carbon Exchange in London, and in Bangladesh.                

Three camps have already taken place in Australia this year, in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, and WA’s Climate Camp is next.                

For more info contact:                

Emma McIntyre, Camp for Climate Action WA organiser, on 0403 952 365
https://climatecampwa.wordpress.com                

 

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