Archive for August, 2007
Its not that I want to drag the Climate Camp reflections on forever and its not that I want to make a habit of sectarian bitching, but I’m afraid your all going to have to bare with me as I take a little time to analyse the least wanted piece of media coverage the Climate Camp has received so far: The Socialist Worker article – “the camp organisers’ emphasis on specialised forms of direct action for which people had to be trained in advance must have helped keep the numbers down.”
I was struck by what a small group of Evangelicals who came along to Climate Camp had to say about the way they saw the Direct Action movement meeting around them, something which struck me as being both a challenge to my Christianity and to my Radical side, and as a reminder of why Direct Action is actually something Christians should be getting involved in, and why ultimately lobbying is a road to ruin for so many.
I guess one of the most difficult things for people to put up with when they experience something like Climate Camp for the first time, apart from the decision making processes and the compost toilets, is the bunch of people who hang around site and drink all day and generally come across as weird and, dare I admit it, a bit useless. I was challenged a bit by some stuff which came up during the camp and want to spend a few minutes thinking this one through. Here goes…
Well, it seems inevitable that, as soon as a big activist mobilisation is over, and more likely, while its still going on, the crazed imaginations of those who like to think into the future begins to kick in. This year’s Climate Camp seems no different. There’s been lots of ideas floated and I’d like to address a handful of them, both my own and other peoples.
I’m sure the next two months will see a huge number of reflections on Climate Camp, but here’s some stuff I feel I should commit to hard-drive now, with the camp only just gone from the pages of the papers. Please forgive any harsh criticisms, and believe me when I say that, despite any of the following sounding negative, these have been some of the best days of my life.
I’m really starting to get annoyed by all this nonsense that’s going around about how Climate Camp is interfering with people’s right to take a holiday in peace. What right? Rights should either be universal, or for the protection of a weak minority. Where did we, the rich folks in the west, get this right from?
Would you like it if someone kept walking past your bedroom, kitchen, dining room and lounge windows taking photos? Apparently this should be OK for anyone at the camp for climate action currently taking place. There’s been some really unhelpful stuff published about the media policy, and I want to explain why I see it as important to ensure people can get head space from all the microphones and cameras. (more…)