ABC of the Climate Camp
18 – 22.07.2018
We believe that “our freedom ends where anothers’ freedom begins”. As a result we have decided to follow these rules, which help us preserve mutual respect and prevent from trespassing of others personal space.
Why the camp?
Until now climate protection actions in Poland were focused on advocacy, administrative and judicial proceedings. Such strategies require high professionalisation. Direct actions, allowing participants other than highly competent experts in fields like science, administrative or judicial procedures, to engage were rarely taken. It is time for a change. It is time to act for the climate by organising ourselves locally. Climate change affects us in many ways, and this is why our responses must vary and co-relate to actions taken by investors and governments. Neglecting in any areas may cost us too much, hence education, self-organisation and creating alliances are crucial. These are the reasons why we are gathering at the Camp for Climate.
The Camp for Climate is a place built on the basis of fair social relations, where exploitation of people and nature is avoided. These are the core values of the camp’s organisation rules. During plenary meetings, together we will create a set of rules to be followed during the camp. Any problems requiring collective solutions will be disputed after having been announced on the forum. Moderators will make sure that every participant has an equal chance to speak. Grass-root actions, self-organisation and building alliances require mutual respect and real communication. Having this in mind, every attendee will be given time and attention.
Accessibility for participants with disabilities
We want everyone to be able to take active participation in the camp, regardless of their disabilities. Attendees using wheelchairs will be provided with accessible toilets and shower. Please let us know if you need a sign-language interpreter. In case of any questions or problems, contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Camp for Climate is an inclusive place, where every participant should build an atmosphere of safety and care of each other. There is no place for racism, sexism, classism, homophobia or any other excluding behaviours. Any signs of discrimination and violence will be responded to firmly.
Map of the camp
The camp is divided into two sections: the sleeping area and the area where all daily activities, plenary meetings, artistic performances and meals will take place. Tents are to be pitched in the designated area restricted by tape. We want to keep good relations with our neighbours and hosts.
Apart from the already planned programme elements you can apply to conduct any activities in the “Open space” tent. At each daily plenum you can invite people to attend your activities or post them on the board in the Infotent.
Meals served during the camp are vegan. We exclude meat and animal products from our diet due to ecological and political reasons. We make efforts to ensure that the majority of the products are bought from local food producers. Breakfasts, lunches and suppers will be prepared by the “food not bombs” activists groups, which means that any support will be highly appreciated. Please let us know if you’re eager to help in the “kitchen area”(chopping, dishwashing, meals distribution, etc). If you’re suffering from allergies to any products, please notice us in the Infotent – together we will find a way to solve the problem. Food is free of charge, but if you can afford contribution to camp expenses – it will be highly appreciated.
Toilets, showers and sources of drinking water are available on the camp area. Let’s use water consciously, use eco soaps and shampoos that will be placed by the washrooms and showers. Let’s keep our toilets and showers clean, please wash your dishes after meals. After using the toilet and before meals please wash your hands.
Internet and energy
You can charge your mobile in the Infotent. Let’s use energy wisely and economically. Please take care of Internet access on your own.
Our aim is to produce as little waste as possible, so please separate it properly. Containers for glass, paper, plastic and mixed waste will be available at the camp.
Safety is a crucial matter to us. Be cautious and react whenever you witness any incident. Please report any injuries or health issues to the doctor available in the medical tent. First aid kits, and information about nearest pharmacies or the hospital will also be available there. Please remember to pitch your tents in the designated area to avoid blocking evacuation routes.
The Camp for Climate is also aimed at children. Apart from educational classes, they will have a chance to participate in games and workshops prepared in the “kids’ zone”. Parents and legal guardians are fully responsible for their children.
Recordings and photos
We want everyone to feel comfortable during the camp. Therefore please ask for permission to register images or sounds that would be recorded or photographed. Respect privacy of other participants. The „educational zone“, where lectures take place, is an exception. Here photography does not require special consent. In areas marked with a sign of a crossed out camera recording is prohibited. The same rules apply to journalists.
The camp is educational in nature – to much noise and lack of sleep don’t help to learn. Therefore, quiet hours apply between 10 pm and 6:00 am in the sleeping area.
Most of the workshops, plenary meetings and excursions will be held in Polish. But we will
do our best to provide translation in other languages. We also hope for self-organisation and
We do not use drugs at the camp. Alcohol will be available in the evening in the camp bar, but remember to drink responsibly. When smoking tobacco, make sure that you do not disturb other participants. Take care of the place where we meet – use ashtrays and segregate waste. Smoking is allowed only in the open air, do not risk setting tents on fire.
If your pet could be left taken care at home, we advise to do so. However, if that is not an option, please provide them care, make sure that they do not pose a threat to any of the attendees, always clean after them and ensure their comfort.
If you notice something that worries you, report it to the organisers of the camp. Let us not remain passive in case of violation of one’s space – ask the other participants for help. Violators of the basic and jointly ground rules should be prepared for the group’s opposition to their behaviour. In extreme cases they may be asked to leave the camp.
What to bring?
- tent, sleeping bag and mat
- warm clothes
- sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- insect repellent
- yoga mat (for those who want to attend yoga classes)
- binoculars for nature excursions
- sun umbrella