Greenwich Locals versus Climate Camp: Who Will Win?
August 29, 2009
On Sunday at 2pm, climate activists will play a football match against Tudor Livesy. They hope to improve on last year’s 7 – 1 loss against a team local to Kingsnorth power station, where Climate Camp 2008 was held.
Activists from the Camp for Climate Action have been putting out all the stops in reaching out to communities in Lewisham, Greenwich and Blackheath. 4000 letters have been delivered to local houses, where volunteers from the camp have knocked on doors, chatted to residents and received an overwhelmingly positive response. Local people have donated food, including cakes, wine and a marrow.
Campers and local residents have come together at meetings with residents’ associations, a stall was set up by Blackheath train station, and local vicar Trevor Donnelly has invited campers to speak at a local church.
Activist Michelle Roberts said, “I’ve met so many different people here – teachers, chefs, graphic designers. Climate change is a growing concern for many people – it will affect everyone. History shows that changes can be made by ordinary people doing extraordinary things and, as our politicians fail us, we can take back our future by working together.”
There has been a steady stream of local residents visiting the Camp and attending the workshops and events, with estimates of attendance to the Camp at roughly 3,000. Tours of the Camp are available daily at 12, 2 and 4pm, any anyone is welcome at any time. Local residents have been getting involved at the site, doing outreach and attending workshops.
As part of the ongoing local outreach, there will be a showing of 'Climate Camp Uncovered', a premiere screening of a documentary of the Camp so far, at Ritzies Cinema, Brixton Oval, Brixton at 2.00 - 3.00pm on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.
Notes for editors:
- The Camp for Climate Action is being held from 26 August – 2 September, on Blackheath Common
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