Reclaim the Power Guest Blog

26th May 2015 by

RTP camp may - june imageSo, many of us are angry about the new government. But now is the not the time to mourn, it’s the time to organise and take action together.  On Friday 29th May 2015, Reclaim the Power will hold a family-friendly action camp near Npower’s Didcot power station and we want you and your crew to come!

 

The new Tory government are in bed with the fossil fuel industry.  They think they now have free reign to subsidise their friends and relations in the fracking industry and commit to another round of gas-fired power stations. They plan to build infrastructure that will lock us into burning carbon for years to come while killing off renewable technology. Like the communities who have held off fracking for four years, people on the ground will take action to stop them in their tracks.

The ‘Reclaim the Power’ camp will help to get us skilled up and ready to take action against corporate power and its stranglehold over our democracy. This camp is part of an international weekend of action against the fossil fuel industry’s  grip on the UN climate talks in Paris this December.  Didcot is owned by RWE Npower, one of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies who control the UK’s energy supply and one of Europe’s biggest fossil fuel polluters.  In Paris we know that RWE will put their profits first – no matter the cost to us – we can’t afford to let that happen.  

This doesn’t have to be the end – we all know that an alternative future is possible. Britain could be carbon neutral by 2030 using current technology. Even in Didcot, when a fire shut down the power station, it was wind power that kept the lights on. Community groups local to Didcot are building their own energy future through solar, wind and hydro projects that they control.

We’re inviting you because the struggle for a clean, safe and sustainable future is on, and it needs you. If we want to win, we have to stand together, build power and take action. And that is what the camp will help us do together.

Reclaim the Power has something for everyone – kids, families, seasoned activists and those who are new to taking action. Come along for the whole weekend, or pop in for an afternoon!  There will be workshops on everything from planning creative actions, fighting the housing crisis and austerity, to making your own solar panel.  We will provide a Kids Space every day.  Monday 1st June will be a day of decentralised actions against fossil fuel targets all over the country.

The camp will be fully accessible – please let us know if you have any specific access needs on accessrtp@gmail.com

Three ways you can help:

  1. Facebook and tweet about the camp!  Please share the facebook event through your social media channels – at the bottom of this email is a suggested facebook message and some tweets to inspire you.
  2. Forward this email to your members/group. We want the camp to be as open and diverse as possible
  3. Come! Drag out your tent and join us – in order to win, we need everybody.

If you’d like to come but want to talk to someone first, or have someone there to say hello to, please do get in touch with Reclaim the Power by emailing info@reclaimthepower.org.uk

PS: Head to http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/guides-and-info/didcot-programme/  to see our programme of exciting activities, workshops and entertainment

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