Common chosen for climate revolt’
PUBLISHED: 19:17 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010
PROTESTERS have set up camp on a common overlooking London s financial nerve centre in a bid to force a policy change on carbon trading. At 2pm today (August 26) hundreds of Climate Camp protestors set up an enclave on Blackheath Common for a week-long s
PROTESTERS have set up camp on a common overlooking London's financial nerve centre in a bid to force a policy change on carbon trading.
At 2pm today (August 26) hundreds of Climate Camp protestors set up an enclave on Blackheath Common for a week-long sit in.
Triangular metal frames, some 25ft high, were erected ready for tarpaulin, tents already amassing as visitors swooped on a location that had been kept a closely guarded secret.
Canary Wharf, a symbol of London's hub, the world's financial centre could be seen clearly.
The atmosphere was buoyant and relaxed as Jess West addressed several hundred people which is certain to become thousands now people know the location.
Geeing up the crowds, Ms West announced: "We came, we swooped, we're camping.
"We can see the sky scrapers gleaming in the distance.
"This common has 600 years' tradition of radical dissent and protest. Wat Tyler led a protest from here against unjust systems oppressing people.
"We are going to have a campaigners' revolt.
"This year we have seen how disastrous our political system is. It is unsustainable and bringing us to the brink of catastrophe.
"Carbon trading does not work, it does not fight climate change.
"We are about to start the best camp so far and we want the world to see so we can tackle climate change together and take action."
She then rallied the crowd and said: "Give me a WHOOP for the swoop," which the crowd happily did, then she said: "Give me a HOORAH for action," and again the crowd, growing by the minute, obliged.
Kevin Smith, one of the organisers for the week's demonstration said: "The reason we chose this site was to highlight the link between financial and climate crisis.
"It's not just about runways or power stations but economic growth preventing us from dealing with climate change.
"Government departments keep engaging in carbon trading and we are saying that this logic simply does not stack up."
Climate Camp protested at the G20 Summit in April this year. In August 2008 campaigners clashed with police at Kingsnorth - the proposed site of the first new coal power station in the UK for 30 years.