Great Climate Swoop latest info - updated

Ratcliffe-on-Soar maps

10 days to go...

Each bloc has a separate mission, and slightly different plan, to ensure we have the whole power station covered for a successful take over! The first thing you need to do is choose your bloc and sign up for text alerts here: http://climatecamp.org.uk/actions/climate-swoop-2009/text-updates

Below is more info about each blocs plans …

*TAKE BACK THE POWER & FALSE SOLUTIONS BLOCS*
Take Back the Power’s mission: get to the control room and take back the power!
False Solution’s mission: get to the coal pile and expose the false solutions!

1) Get into the zone marked on the map here: LINK for 10am
2) Get to the muster point for 11am. The muster point will be sent out on Saturday morning, before 10am
3) SWOOP on Ratcliffe for 1pm!

If you don’t get any communication about a muster point - just swoop for 1!

The muster point will be a great place to get excited and energise for swooping, get legal info and get the reassurance that you’re not taking over Ratcliffe on Soar alone!

On the other hand, if gathering as a group isn’t your thing, join the decentralised Capitalism is Crisis bloc and make sure you swoop at 1!

And if you haven’t already got a map, it’s really, really important that you print one out when signing up for the text. It can be printed from here shortly:
http://climatecamp.org.uk/actions/climate-swoop-2009/swoop-information - best printed on A3 but any map is better than none!

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THE GREAT CLIMATE SWOOP - 17 DAYS TO GO!

There are less than three weeks to go until our day of action! Just imagine… It’s the morning of Saturday 17th October. You receive a message telling you to move into position at the south side of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. The helicopter blades cut through the noise of the cars zipping up and down the M1. Your mission is clear and you’re ready to swoop.

Presented by Climate Camp, Plane Stupid, Rising Tide and Climate Rush, the swoop will see thousands of concerned individuals converging and taking over E.ON’s biggest coal fired power station.

Read the information below carefully, as it contains important planning details that aim to make the swoop the huge success it needs to be. People are being urged to arrive the night before (Friday 16th) if at all possible, where there will be an info stall at Nottingham station (6pm-9pm) directing people to a pre-action meet up point, followed by places to crash.

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BLOCS & HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK

We can now announce the four blocs! Whether you want to highlight a solution or expose a problem, sign up to receive text alerts and details of your mission on the day.

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR SWOOP GROUP

*TAKE BACK THE POWER*

Mission: Get to the control room and take back the power!

While the workers receive pitiful pay rises, the bosses of plants like Ratcliffe are raking in record profits. It’s time to kick start a just transition to a clean energy world by building the real solutions to climate change. Let’s demonstrate that we can’t rely on governments or corporations or anyone else to sort out the mess we’re in; it’s up to us to be the change we need. Join the TAKE BACK THE POWER bloc and aim for the control room to hit that big red ‘off’ switch

*FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE*

Mission: Get to the main gate and create your vision of a better future!

A bloc for the young, old and all in between to create a vision for a future beyond fossil fuels. Efficient and renewable, this bloc will be a space to show the solutions. From bike powered sound systems to solar showers, come, conceive and create.

This Bloc will be meeting at 10am on Saturday 17th at Nottingham train station to travel en masse to the power station. (However, fear not, if you are up for one of the other Blocs there will be just as clear ways to get involved on the day distributed via the text messaging system)

*FALSE SOLUTIONS*

Mission: Get to the coal pile and expose the false solutions!

Coal is not the answer! The only real solution to climate change is to stop burning the fossil fuels that are causing it! Let’s expose the greenwash and technofixes. Come armed with green paint! Or how about a net to capture and store some coal?! Whatever your tools and methods, decommission that coal!

*CAPITALISM IS CRISIS*

Mission: Get anywhere in or around the power station and choose your own
adventure! This is the decentralised option.

Through the fences; up the chimney; in the water. You’ve got your own ideas about making this a spectacular action. Do what YOU can and how YOU want. The economic and climate crises are linked. Capitalism is a root cause of climate change and cannot be the solution!

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STEP 2: DECIDE HOW TO GET THERE

You have two options for how to begin your mission:

OPTION 1:

Looking for people to swoop with? Coming from further a field?

Make your way to Nottingham station between 6 and 11pm on Friday 16th October. There’ll be someone there to meet you, introduce you to fellow swoopers and direct you to accommodation if you need it. But please email info@thegreatclimateswoop.org if you will need a place to sleep. Make sure you’re ready to go at 10am on Saturday.

OPTION 2:

In an affinity group already?

That’s great! Make sure you’re in the Nottingham area at 10am on Saturday 17th October. If you need or want to get there the night before let us know if you’ll need a place to stay, but the more you can sort out for yourself the better!

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HOW’S THIS GOING TO WORK?

Whether you’ve arrived the night before or on in the morning, you’ll receive a text message with details of the next part of your mission. Then be prepared to swoop on the power station at 1pm!

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Info about regional transport, regional pre-Swooop events, what to (not) bring and signing up to the Swoop SMS service all at http://www.thegreatclimateswoop.org

Fences video for the Great Climate Swoop -
http://www.vimeo.com/6865520

Also, check out this invaluable resource, with photos & maps of the power station -
www.brightonclimatechange.org/southcoastblog/?p=76

Details of previous action at Ratcliffe 1 | 2 | 3 | 4