Climate Camp take Trafalgar Square in Cop15 ActionTagged as: climatecamp climatechange climatejustice cop15 cop15imc copout environmentalism social_struggles
Published by group: Imc London Features
Camp for Climate Action have done it again! Climate campers took over Trafalgar Square in central London on Sat 5th December in yet another demonstration of bold and creative direct action [see press release]. The Cop Out Camp Out action took place after the Wave demonstration which attracted around 50,000 people. The action comes ahead of the Copenhagen COP15 climate talks taking place next week.
The camp site is purposefully in plain view of Parliament in order to criticise the "elitist and undemocratic talks in Copenhagen" which they say are "part of a political and economic system that put corporate profits before the needs of people." Instead they urge "system change, not climate change" as opposed to the false solutions of carbon trading.
The camp location was kept secret until the last minute, when it was communicated to the public via text and twitter. Initially campers were told to gather in Jubilee Gardens. An hour later, the 200 climate campers that had gathered there were told to move to Trafalgar Square. The camp infrastructure was quickly established within the first hours, with marquees, toilets, a kitchen and other amenities necessary for a successful occupation. Two tripods, with the iconic camp banner 'Capitalism is Crisis' strung between them, were up by 5pm.
Camp for Climate Action plan to occupy Trafalgar Square for 48 hours. Talks and work shops will be held during the day looking to educate and inspire attendees to take action during the COP15 talks and beyond.