Climate activism is back – and we need you to be a part of it

Mass Action Planning Meeting
Saturday February 18th
Oxford
10 – 4pm
Venue: Turl Street Kitchen
We warmed-up in January – now it’s time to step it up a gear! Come to Oxford on Saturday 18th February to plan for a major climate action in May.  The target will be the ‘Big 6′ energy companies that have a monopoly over UK energy. The rest is still to be decided. Organised by Climate Justice Collective (CJC), this is a chance for activists, old and new, to start putting climate change back on the national agenda.
Heard of us?  Been out of the loop?  Feeling the need for some climate activism?  Fancy being a part of an exciting action?  Then come along.  We’ll need all the help we can get.

There is crash space (email cjc-oxford@riseup.net), food, and a lovely social – we look forward to seeing you there. The day will run from 10-4pm in the Turl Street Kitchen – please be prompt as there’s lots to do.

CJC Gathering
Sunday February 19th
Oxford
10 – 4pm
Venue: OARC, East Oxford Community Centre, OX4 1DD
If you’re interested in the group organising this, then stay for the weekend and Sunday will be a chance to participate in the CJC gathering, to work out how to build our network and continue the work we’ve been doing on how we organise.
Email climatejusticecollective@gmail.com with any other questions.
Please RSVP to cjc-oxford@riseup.net and say if you need crash space,  special facilities or have dietary requirements.
The meeting will be to discuss and decide:
- How are we going to get new people involved
- How are we going to organise together as a collective
- How will the practicalities work for things like: induction, details of membership and inclusion etcAgenda (still to be finalised)

1. What will CJC do next (3 hours)

  • ‘Energy justice/democracy discussion’

Following on from Fuel Poverty Action and Big 6 action, reflect on longer term political aims (This is one of the things we included in our priorities for the year)

  • What actions could we do, what other working groups might we need?

2. Building the CJC network (2 hours)

  • Outreach/publicity(promoting CJC and getting more people involved)
  • Local groups/national network (how to get local groups set-up. how to organise nationally, ie how often to meet etc.)
  • Membership/openness (setting up processes ie induction, membership, inclusion in group etc.)

Climate activism is back – and we need you to be a part of it

Climate Justice Collective: an update

Friday 27th-Monday 30th January
Decentralised National Weekend of ‘Winter Warm-up’ actions on fuel poverty

Saturday 18th February
May mass action planning meeting – Oxford, (Turl St Kitchen (upstairs), 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DH, 10am – 4pm)

Sunday 19th February
Climate Justice Collective meeting, building the national network and continue work on how we organise – Oxford, (Oxford Action Resource Centre, in the East Oxford Community Centre, Oxford, OX4 1DD, 10am – 5pm)

May, date tbc
Day of mass action against a Big Six energy company target

Climate Justice Collective

climatejusticecollective.wordpress.com

The Climate Justice Collective formed out of the series of meetings following the the decision that the Camp for Climate Action would not organise in 2011. So far, people from Oxford, Bristol, London, Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Wales have got together to discuss how we can function as a national network to help support climate justice activism in the UK, and this is what we’re up to!

Fuel Poverty Action

fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com

Fuel Poverty Action are a campaign group of the Climate Justice Collective. Whilst the UK’s Big Six energy companies collude with the government for profit, and we see cuts to the winter fuel allowance, a quarter of UK households are in fuel poverty, meaning a choice between heating and eating for many. Fuel Poverty Action will be challenging the fossil fuel driven corporate-controlled energy system, which, as well as being at the heart of the climate crisis, is causing rocketing energy bills that people cannot afford to pay.

We’ve already seen a die-in at EDF HQ in London,and will be heating things up with a national weekend of ‘Winter Warm-ups’ in January.

National Weekend of Winter Warm-Ups

We’ll be organising with our local communities for a weekend of decentralised action on Friday 27th-Monday 30th January. We already have confirmed ‘warm-ups’ in Oxford, Leeds and London, with many more expected. See the call-out and get organising in your local area! Check fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com and follow @FuelPovAction on Twitter to find out where people will be warming-up near you.

Mass Action: The Big-Six Energy Monopoly

Currently, 6 energy companies have almost total control over our energy. In May, we will be coming together on mass to challenge their monopoly and strengthen the climate justice movement in the UK. Now is the time to take action against the privatised fossil-fuel energy system that is excluding our voices, leaving us to freeze and wrecking the climate. Now is the time for energy democracy, sourced from genuine renewables and produced to meet our needs, not for corporate greed.

The target, plan and date of the action are still to be decided, so be at our planning meeting in Oxford on Saturday 18th February to be a part of plotting something really exciting.

Mass Action Planning Meeting

Saturday 18th February
10am – 4pm
(followed by some evenings entertainment)

Turl St Kitchen (upstairs),
16-17 Turl Street,
Oxford, OX1 3DH

There will be a travel pool, food will be provided (and a creche if there is demand).

Please RSVP to cjcoxford@riseup.net if you can make it, and et us know if you need crash space or creshe facilities.

Also, please let us know if you are happy to facilitate one of the sessions, or have any question

CJC Visits

If you think that what we’re getting up to sounds interesting and would like to know more, we’re in the process of arranging visits byCJC members to local groups around the country to have a chat about CJC and our upcoming activities. Please email climatejusticecollective@gmail.com if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.


Climate Justice Collective Meeting

Climate Justice Collective Meeting

Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th

The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT

With groups and people interested from Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and London, the Climate Justice Collective will be holding its next meeting to discuss what to focus on and how to move forward as an aspiring UK-wide collective.

We’ve already started meeting and taking action on fuel poverty in London, Leeds and Bristol with exciting plans for the coming months and some of our members have also been involved in the amazing Frack-off (www.frack-off.org.uk) and the Occupy movement (www.occupylsx.org).

CJC is learning, developing and feeling our way as we go. We’ve already agreed on our common ground and guiding principles (the latter is a working document and slight changes are still to be made) and these will be introduced to new people on both days. If they don’t sound right for you but you’re interested in similar issues we hope to find other ways of working together in the future.

Below is more information about the weekend. Please forward to relevant networks.

Hope to see you there!

TIMINGS

The meeting will run from 3:30 – 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd December and 10am-4pm on Sunday 4th December.

We’re starting in the afternoon on Saturday so that we can take part in London activities as part of the international day of action for climate justice. There’s a teach-out and walk of shame from Occupy St Paul’s from 10:30am and the national climate march in the afternoon (meet at Blackfriars Bridge North at 1pm).

CRASH SPACE

If you’re coming from outside of London and will need crash space, let us know! Email: climatejusticecollective@gmail.com

TRAVEL POOL

We will do a travel pool over the weekend for people coming from further afield.

FOOD

Dinner will be provided on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.

AGENDA

The agenda is flexible but will be loosely structured as follows:

SATURDAY 2:00 – 7:30pm followed by dinner and socialising

2 – 3pm Introduction to CJC

For anyone who wants to become a member of CJC but didn’t make the last meeting. There will be another introduction over lunch on Sunday.

Please note: it’s not necessary to attend this session if you were at the last meeting at Tottenham Chances, as it will just be an introduction to the political and organising principles we talked about then.

3:30 – 6:30pm What should we do?!

Feel free to join in from here if you’re coming from the climate march and international day of action! 

Idea storm and discussion: What do people from around the country want to focus on? So think about what you’d like to do and come with ideas!

We are already working on fuel poverty and fracking and at the last meeting we started discussing how to strengthen co-ordination between campaigns on different dirty energy sources.

6:30 – 7:30pm Introduction process

It was agreed at New Directions 2 in September that to join CJC as a member there would be a more formalised, transparent and accountable induction process. This session will discuss this further with the aim of deciding how this will work in practice.

SUNDAY 10:00 – 4:00pm

Exact timings have yet to be decided

10 – 2pm

  • Recap of Saturday
  • Discussions and decisions on how we work together around the country, including questions such as:

- Do we want to have different local groups that occasionally meet up?

- If we want to meet nationally, how often would we do that?

- Do we want a system of spokes and how do we see this working?

- How will we work in relation to network-wide projects?

And there are surely many more that will arise!

  • Working group and project group time

Any new working and project groups will form and meet here. The Fuel Poverty project group will plan for the Warm-Ins day of action in January.

2pm Lunch

Including introduction to CJC for anyone who wants to join but couldn’t make the Saturday session

2:45 – 4pm

  • Working group / project group time continued
  •  Whole group decision-making time
  •  Future meetings
  • Wrapping up

Hope to see you there!

Next meeting: 3-4 December

Hello world!

Come to the next Climate Justice Collective meeting on 3-4 December 2011 in London.

It runs from after the global day of action for climate justice activities until 4pm on Sunday (with a break for the night).

Venue details will appear here when confirmed :-)

Contact us via climatejusticecollective@gmail.com

We are an offshoot of the Camp for Climate Action UK

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