During Climate Camp, being held in Newcastle between the 10th and 15th of July, 2008, a diverse group of concerned people have converged to protest the damage being caused to the global climate by the coal industry. EngageMedia is helping independent media creators with the distribution of their videos, based at the community media space provided by Octapod, and using a mobile media van. In the coming days, community media activists will be uploading their videos to EngageMedia of inspiring action, informative discussions and engaging debate about how to create real solutions to climate change and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
On Thursday and Friday, Climate Camp saw a range of workshops covered topics from non-violent direct action and group facilitation to stories of success from environmental campaigns in the past, to plenary sessions on phasing out coal in Australia with peoples’ power. One session “A Just Transition” talked about making a socially just transition from coal-powered communities to a renewable economy in Australia (read a blog post on the Climate Camp Australia website). Graham Brown, ex-coal worker and now climate change activist, talks about these issues, and how unions and the green movement can work together to create a path towards green jobs and a protected environment in this video on EngageMedia.