Climate Camp shuts down European Climate Exchange!
12 Hours of Action in the Heart of the City
Around 4,000 people set up a Camp for Climate Action in the middle of the Square Mile on Wednesday, closing a major road for 12 hours as an act of direct action in the face of climate crisis.
The Camp was located outside the European Climate Exchange on Bishopsgate, to protest against the G20’s plans to use deeply flawed carbon trading mechanisms to tackle climate change.
As planned, hundreds of protesters “swooped” from all over the City at 12.30pm and set up tents, bunting and bicycles in order to reclaim a large portion of the financial district.
Workshops, food, music
Throughout the day there was a programme of street workshops on themes such as the absurdity of carbon trading, the history of social movements and alternative economic models.
Pedal-powered sound systems and live bands provided entertainment, a kitchen provided hundreds of meals and a farmers market gave away organic vegetables.
The atmosphere was creative and joyful. The City of London is usually a major part of the climate problem, through the funding of fossil fuels and disastrous carbon trading schemes. For 12 hours we turned it into part of the climate solution.
At 7pm riot police violently attacked the camp, injuring many peaceful campers and bystanders who were not allowed to leave the area.
Despite this incursion, the atmosphere at the Camp remained calm and happy until around midnight, when riot police again moved in and aggressively dispersed the Camp.
We will not be deterred
We were there to expose carbon trading as a financial fraud which has nothing to do with climate change. Our success in turning Bishopsgate into an eco-camp has clearly rattled the authorities, who once again have used unnecessary force against us.
We will not be deterred, however. Climate change is the most urgent issue in the world, and our movement is growing stronger all of the time.
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