Climate Camp successfully set up in London on the footsteps of the Peasants’ Revolt
Climate Camp Site Taken at Blackheath, Greenwich in London.
On the 26 August 2009 hundreds of Climate activists converge on Blackheath in Greenwich for the set up of the 2009 London Climate Camp. Groups gathered at locations across the city for midday, awaiting instructions to be sent by SMS which led them in stages towards the site. The starting locations were specifically chosen to highight ecological or social issues which Climate Camp seeks to draw attention to. There were groups at the head offices of oil corporations BP and Shell, at the headquarters of mining company Rio Tinto, at the site of the 2012 Olympics and at the sites of the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson. Each swoop group had speeches which explained the relevance of the sites and how they linked in with the ethos of the camp.
By 2pm Indymedia had reported the site was taken and the process of assembling the marquees, tents, tripods and perimeter fences for the camp began - the advance team were soon joined by the converging swoopers (pics). By 4pm, with over a thousand people now on site the camp had its first meeting which looked at the significance of the site’s location in Blackheath, which has a history of association with protests in England, notably during the peasants revolt of 1381 (See Press Release)