Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Climate change: join the Climate March on Dartmoor >>> 29th November

The Paris conference on climate change is looming:
Futures Forum: Climate change: join the global Climate March >>> 29th November >>> Paris and beyond >>>

Last month, there was a gathering on Dartmoor:
Futures Forum: Take a walk on Dartmoor or Exmoor: with 38 Degrees >>> Saturday 15th August

In November, there will be another gathering on the moors:

West’s focus on saving planet will centre on historic Dartmoor tor

By Western Morning News | Posted: September 26, 2015

By Keith Rossiter

Crockern Tor

Dartmoor's ancient Stannary Parliament will be brought back to life this autumn in the battle to safeguard the planet. Crockern Tor, in the centre of the moor, will be the focus for a gathering as part of a "Global Climate March", the day before world leaders gather in Paris for the 2015 Climate Conference.

The march is being co-ordinated by the online organisation Avaaz (which means "Voice" in several languages).

Four Westcountry groups are organising events for Sunday, November 29. Organisers of the Dartmoor event (www.facebook.com/sharedplanetparliament) are inviting anyone to join them. "Walk, cycle or ride a horse to the ancient site of the Stannary Parliament in the centre of Dartmoor," they say.

They are also looking for people to run craft workshops and co-ordinate groups from towns and villages around the moor.

On November 30, world leaders meeting in Paris will start negotiating the next global climate deal. The global march's aim is to push them to commit to 100 per cent clean energy.

In Exeter members of "Alternatiba" are holding a Festival of Alternatives to Climate Change. There will be stalls, demonstrations, talks, and workshops, as well as poetry, music, street theatre and dance at venues near the High Street in Exeter. Find them on Facebook: 
Alternatiba Exeter

Organiser Maurice Spurway said the aim was "to be part of the greatest mobilisation for climate justice ... ever."

Glastonbury Climate March will see protesters making their voices heard at the Market Cross and in the High Street from 1pm.

Meanwhile, activists in Sidmouth will be holding a "Tree Summit" from 6pm on Sunday, November 29. Robert Crick, the event's host and retired chair of Sustainable Sidmouth, said he was "concerned about the future for my grandchildren".

Find out more at avaaz.org/en

In the eight years since it was formed Avaaz – which means "voice" in various languages – has become a global pressure group to be reckoned with. Its website lists more than 40million "members" worldwide – 1.6million of them in the UK – though membership requires nothing more than giving your email address. It's a new kind of activism, the rise of online protest – otherwise known as "clickativism". Issues range from human rights abuses in Burma to the Great Barrier Reef – whatever its supporters, guided by the Avaaz team, choose to click on most.


Crockern Tor on Dartmoor was the open-air meeting place of the Devonshire Stannary Parliament from the early 14th century until the first half of the 18th century. The Lord Warden of the Great Court of the Devon Tinners supposedly sat on the lower outcrop – on Parliament Rock – during meetings.

West’s focus on saving planet will centre on historic Dartmoor tor | Western Morning News

See also:
1000 Alternatiba
Alternatiba Exeter
350.org – Pacific Climate Warriors at the Alternatiba in Paris.
Alternatiba Festival | Transition Exeter

Avaaz - Climate countdown to Paris -- the Avaaz blog In December 2015, world leaders will meet in Paris to agree on how the world will respond to climate change. 

Crockern Tor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stannary Courts and Parliaments - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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