Climate camp to converge on Port Augusta

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The world faces some of its greatest social and economic challenges ever. A failure to correct our path will mean catastrophic consequences.

If you are not up in arms about climate change predictions, then you are quite probably misreading the debate. We are facing an ecological collapse that will determine the fate of the people and the planet.

As the climate chaos unfolds, the action we take now will shape our future.

Camps for Climate Action have been held around the world to recognise this emergency, and give people the chance to discuss the issues surrounding climate change, learn about practical solutions, and take action.

From September 24 to 27, South Australian activists are hosting the state's first climate camp in Port Augusta, the region of the Kookatha, Nukunnu, Bungala and Adnyamathanha nations.

The four days of sustainable living, movement building, workshops and direct action will focus on alternatives to coal, nuclear power and capitalism.

Port Augusta is the location of SA's two coal-fired power stations, which produce about 40% of the state's energy supply.

The coal is delivered on the longest coal train in the world from a coalmine at Leigh Creek, 250 kilometres to the north.

We aim to disrupt operations in the region and send a clear message to the public and the governments of Australia: the people will not be silent in the face of a global environmental catastrophe.

Climate camp will provide a forum to discuss relationships between federal climate policy and the polluting industries, and the barriers preventing the widespread rollout of real solutions to climate change.

The camp will also take a stand against uranium mining. The uranium industry has cynically presented itself as the "clean alternative" to fossil fuels.

This completely ignores the danger of the entire nuclear fuel cycle and the unsustainable fossil fuel requirements of nuclear energy.

The federal government is rushing to expand the three uranium mines in Australia: Ranger in the NT and SA's Olympic Dam and Beverley mines.

Olympic Dam will become the biggest uranium mine in the world if the expansion continues. This will lead to more carbon emissions through operations and add 40% to SA's current electricity demand.

Olympic Dam owners BHP-Billiton also want to build a desalination plant in the Upper Spencer Gulf as part of the expansion. This development will not only wipe out rare cuttlefish populations but also consume huge amounts of electricity and make the Spencer Gulf a marine wasteland.

In solidarity with all indigenous communities affected by European occupation and government interventions past and present, Climate Camp will hold a service on September 27 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1957 British atomic bomb test in Maralinga on Anangu Country.

Despite the urgent need to stop this climate disaster, governments and powerful lobby groups have consistently manipulated the public debate.

Climate Camp will be a base for action. Through our action we will demonstrate how to we can stop the crisis.

[For more information about Climate Camp SA visit www.climatecampsa.org.]