Decentralisation of renewable energies is one of the messages being sent out by this year’s Climate Camp in London, which is taking place from 26 Aug to 2 September.
14 recycled solar panels producing 1.5kW per hour and £50 windmills are being used to generate all the electricity the Blackheath camp is using for its TV and Radio productions. Volunteers maintaining these energy sources said that whilst EU advisor Georg Adamourit’s proposal for a supergrid connecting wind farms across Europe could work, there is always a technology more effective in an individual environment.
Suggesting heat pump systems and the Victorian stirling engine (a combustion engine compatible with renewable energy sources) as possibilities for the UK, they added the camp was about “attacking [energy consumption] from a different angle” and empowering people to combat climate change.
The individualisation of energy consumption forms part of a wider call from the estimated 3000 campers for taking responsibility for individual lifestyles. Amy Ellwood, an anti-aviation activist¸ called for difficult decisions to be made about transport. Rejecting the possibility of a more environmentally friendly plane, she said the decision on a third runway at Heathrow needed to be taken by the population rather than politicians, who are “driven by corporate interest”.
Climate Camp, a meeting of activist to highlight climate change, began in 2006 outside Drax coal-fired power station in Yorkshire. It aims are to “kick-start a social movement to tackle climate change” and suggest how we could live in a “post-carbon” world.
Environmentalists are planning “a mass invasion” of E.On’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power plant in mid-October. Following a poll at Climate Camp, climate activists chose the Nottinghamshire plant over Drax in Yorkshire as the power station they want to force to close over the weekend beginning 17th October. Charlotte Johnson, who is helping to organise the event, said “we are doing this because it’s time to imagine a world without coal…We will shut Ratcliffe by land, water and air.”
Climate activists from this year’s Climate Camp occupied the roof and window of Edelman PR’s offices in London this morning. Protestors claim that the company are helping EON in their efforts to win support to rebuild Kingsnorth power station, the first coal fired power station in the UK for 30 years.
As the Climate Camp in London began clearing the Blackheath site, a group of climate activists left a tent in the grounds of E.On’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire. The tent was emblazoned with the words: “Climate camp is coming: The Great Climate Swoop, 17-18 October”.
It has been reported that activists have protested outside the HQ of the Department of Energy and Climate Change to mark the end of Climate Camp 2008. Protestors are reported to have wanted to highlight “false solutions” to climate change, such as carbon trading.