Disillusioned Discordian


Heathrow Climate Camp
August 16, 2007, 11:15 am
Filed under: Current Affairs, Environment

Heathrow climate camp is underway, and it’s hearting to see so many people coming together to make a point about increased global warming and increased aviation usage. As well as all the media hype about direct action, it’s worth remember that most of the camps activates will be workshops and educational in nature. Providing a forum for people to participate in climate politics (and politicians say people are disinterested in democracy). The camp has sated that it will not aim to disrupt passengers attempting to fly. Although people increasingly chose to fly for their holidays and this is obviously part of the problem, the solution lies in getting these people onside. I therefore hope that any direct action the camp participates on is focused at the likes of BAA’s corporate offices rather than families trying to take their holidays. Attack the corporate infrastructure and persuade the customers. Indymedia are onsite with a Sat Link powered by wind generators, and they have some excellent coverage of all the fantastic work which is going on there. 

The camp comes at a time when people are becoming more and more aware about how their lifestyles are effecting the environment. Years of scientist and activists trying to explain why we must act is starting to trickle through into the public consciousness. Hopefully the pressure can now be applied to strengthen the push to create a strong and legally binding law with annual targets for reducing Co2 emissions. Although I won’t be able to attend the climate camp, I’d like to congratulate everyone there for trying to halt climate change. If you can’t make it to the camp but want to make a difference consider getting involved with the Big Ask campaign. In the next couple of months Friends of the Earth we will be once again lobbying our MPs to take the necessary action to create a change to a greener and more sustainable economic policy. Lobbying you MP is an important way to hold our leaders to account to the democratic values they pontificate about.

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