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Posts Tagged ‘Direct Action’

Craftivism Direct Action against the Tar Sands: an interview with artist Lucy Sparrow

'Felt Impacts of the Tar Sand' was delivered to the Canada Europe Energy Summit at Canada House on Tuesday 19th November, a stark reminder of the destruction wrought by the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Image by UK Tar Sands Network, artist Lucy Sparrow, designer Daniel Sliwka

Yesterday I was alerted to an inspiring direct action designed to draw attention to the ongoing destruction involved with the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands in Canada. Together with the UK Tar Sands Network artist Lucy Sparrow created a large scale felted artwork. Lucy describes how she put her plan in action...

Image by UK Tar Sands photo by You and I Films

After nine intense days of frantic sewing and knitting, I made my way with the guys from the UK Tar Sands Network to Canada House to protest against the Canada Europe Energy Summit which brought together Canadian ministers and… read more

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UK Uncut, Green & Black Cross, Black Bloc & the March for the Alternative.

So, what does it all mean? I attempt to pick apart what happened on Saturday 26th March 2011, accompanied by loads of photos of beautiful creative banners and action.

Written by Amelia Gregory

UK Uncut gathers on the South Bank on Saturday 26th March 2011. All photography by Amelia Gregory. Unless you have been living under a rock you will be aware that […]

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration Launch Party: The Movie

The wonderful Sally Mumby-Croft has put together a beautiful movie reminder of the launch party for ACOFI, held on Friday 28th January 2011. With music provided by the wondrous 6 Day Riot. Thankyou!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Sally Mumby-Croft at the ACOFI launch with Jonno and Matt. Illustration by Naomi Law. Former Amelia’s Magazine art editor Sally Mumby-Croft put together this stunning movie reminder of the launch […]

Happy Birthday Grow Heathrow

Transition Heathrow celebrates one year of nurturing a sustainable community in the path of the third runway at Sipson. Congratulations! Inspiring mini documentary by You and I Films. Illustrations by Rebecca Peacock and Sam Parr.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Grow Heathrow by Rebecca Peacock. Just over a year ago a group of my friends envisioned a radical new version of the Transition Town model. Activists drawn from groups such […]

Did PC Mark “Flash” Kennedy ensure my arrest as one of the Ratcliffe 114 ?

In April 2009 I was one of 114 activists arrested at the Iona School in Nottingham. Here's my account of what happened, and how PC Mark Kennedy came to be unmasked as an undercover police agent.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Policeman Undercover by Daria Hlazatova. One day a few years ago I agreed to go on an intrepid action to highlight the causes of climate change. I didn’t know where […]

A Crude Awakening shuts down Coryton Oil Refinery

Our addiction to oil is a major cause of climate change and creates all sorts of climate injustice. That's why it's important that we draw attention to the problem. Here's a personal account of the Crude Awakening action on Saturday 16th October, from someone who took part.

Written by Sophia Coles-Riley

Gathering at Waterloo Station. Photo by Amelia Gregory. It’s the day of the Crude Awakening. I walk into Waterloo station on Saturday morning and spot a few familiar faces. We […]

Climate Camp 2010: Twitter Backfires… or does it?

This year the Camp for Climate Action received a grilling from the Guardian Environment Blog on the basis of a few trolls who found our hashtag feed. This is my version of what happened.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Our best 3G signal for getting onto the internet was found at the top of the rise. All photography by Amelia Gregory. Since I’ve returned from Climate Camp in Edinburgh […]

Climate Camp 2010 at the RBS HQ in Edinburgh: a Break the Banks action round up.

I've just got back from this year's Climate Camp in Edinburgh. We camped on the grounds of the global headquarters of RBS to highlight the financial links to the climate crisis, and took direct action every day. Here's my round up of the best actions I took part in.

Written by Amelia Gregory

All photography by Amelia Gregory unless otherwise stated. Over the past few years I have become increasingly embedded in the process of Climate Camp, so I am well aware that […]

Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering 2010

The final part of our solidarity bike ride from Merthyr to Mayo culminated at Rossport Solidarity Camp on the Erris coast, where I took part in a beach action like no other...

Written by Amelia Gregory

All photography by Amelia Gregory. You may remember way back in the mists of time, well, at the start of June at any rate, that I went off on a […]

Merthyr to Mayo Solidarity Bike Ride: Green Kite Midnight at Castlerea Prison

Irish activists Niall Harnett and Pat O'Donnell have been unjustly jailed at Castlerea Prison for daring to stand up to the might of Shell. We paid a solidarity visit en route to Rossport.

Written by Amelia Gregory

For the past 10 years the local community in Rossport, County Mayo, have been campaigning against plans to pipe raw untreated gas from an offshore well in the Corrib Gas […]

Merthyr to Mayo Solidarity Bike Ride: Galway to Castlerea

The first blog in a series detailing my adventures on a bike bound for Rossport Solidarity Camp in County Mayo, Ireland. Featuring a demo against the atrocities in Gaza, a Lidl carpark and Dallas style houses.

Written by Amelia Gregory

My touring bike, kindly lent by Velorution. At the start of June I went on an exciting adventure to Ireland… on a borrowed bike from Velorution. It was a trip […]

Climate Camp at Glastonbury 2010: Line up information

Climate Camp returns to the Dragon Field for the second year running - and this year the Tripod Stage hosts a much expanded line up of music, poetry and comedy. A Glastonbury gem!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Can it really be a year since the last Glastonbury? In 2009, for the first time, Climate Camp was given it’s very own space in the Dragon Field just above […]

Climate9: Stopping Carbon Emissions at Source. So Who are the Real Criminals?

On the 14th June 2010 the Climate9 go to trial for their actions at Aberdeen airport in Scotland last year. Why should we give them our support? Read on...

Written by Amelia Wells

Donald Trump is behind the expansion of Aberdeen airport. Illustration by Kevin Bradshaw. When the words of the law and the actions of the Government contradict each other, it can […]

The Yes Men Launch the Yes Lab for Creative Activism

The Yes Men are Tired of Whinging. So they've decided to train up everyone else in their style of activism. Illustrations by NeltonMandelton.

Written by Amelia Wells

Illustration by Aniela Murphy/NeltonMandelton. The Yes Men began when founders Mike and Andy received an invitation intended for the director-general of the World Trade Organisation – via their fake WTO […]

Tate is complicit in the creation of the largest oil painting in the world.

As the Tate Modern celebrates its 10th anniversary activists from Liberate Tate highlight its close relationship with the oily giant BP.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration to show the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico by Abigail Daker. You know that huge oil slick? The really foul one currently […]

The Hung Parliament spells serious change for our government.

My views on the 2010 general election, accompanied by the clever visual opinions of a bunch of illustrators.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Matt Thomas. So today’s the day: the day that I sprung out of bed at an ungodly hour with only one thing on my mind. Who will be […]

There’s the General Election, and then there’s Democracy Village in Parliament Square.

We may be in the throes of electoral reform, but for some change is not quick enough - they've taken action into their own hands and are now camping in Parliament Square.

Written by Amelia Wells

Democracy Village. All photography by Amelia Wells. Parliament Square is currently home to the Democracy Village; a few tents, a couple of marquees and a whole lot of passion. It […]

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Climate Camp goes to COP15 in Copenhagen December 2009, Part 3

Reclaim Power! Climate Justice Action outside the Bella Centre on December 16th 2009, Climate Camp sets up in Hopenhagen, and my analysis of what our actions achieved.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Reclaim Power Climate Justice Action at Cop15 On Wednesday the 16th of December the Reclaim Power! demo was due to hit the streets surrounding the Bella Centre (where the Cop15 […]

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The Great Climate Swoop 2009: A retrospective

Laying a power station to siege; fences, dogs, police and direct action

Written by Adam S

Last weekend a thousand protestors descended on Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station to protest against the continued use of coal power, which is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. The […]

Blackheath Climate Camp 2009

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Written by Adam S

Climate Camp was held over last week on Blackheath Common at a site with a history of English protest, notably during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. This time there was […]