This is a family-friendly gathering structured around a full programme of diverse workshops, campaigns round-ups and more. From physical & practical outdoor sessions to discussion-based workshops – the aim is to provide something for everyone, whether you’re just dipping your toes into direct action campaigning or have been around a while. It’s also a great opportunity to meet, socialise and organise with like-minded people and have some fun!
“There’s a momentum building around Earth First that I haven’t seen for many years. Actually, ever. I know people who hadn’t heard of Earth First until a couple of months ago are getting involved. And others who have heard about the buzz around it and that’s enough to convince them to come. So it’s got to the point where the buzz is self-reproducing!
Last night I had a sneak preview of the workshops programme, it looks amazing! Loads of outdoor stuff (think ropes and maps) brilliant workshops on a wide range of issues, facilitators from all over Europe, juicy debates on hot topics. There’s even a wellbeing space for some emotional support.”
The EF! Summer Gathering is a chance for people and groups from across the country and beyond to get together to network, share practical skills, ideas and inspiration to help our actions and campaigns be as strategic and effective as possible. An annual gathering for grassroots ecological direct action, this year focusing on welcoming people from impacted communities.
The set-up for the gatherings is a not-for-profit camp organised non-hierarchically with everyone as crew. This years workshops are the most exciting yet with over 100 including Radical media, Land access, Alt tech, tree house building, Emotional Resilience, Consensus decision making, local and national anti-Fracking, Anti new Roads and Anti-open cast forums with invited campaigners from Europe to share their struggles, tactics, victories and how we can work in solidarity.
We have enjoyed a general resurgence in the radical ecological movement for the first time since Copenhagen and this is a very exciting year for the EF! gathering. The political arena has also changed: the concept of direct action has become acceptable in polite conversation, global warming is talked about seriously and it is widely recognised that governments and multinational corporations are totally screwing us and the planet.
This year we are organising with Frack-Off, the successful and highly respected national anti-fracking campaign group, and the camp will be a skill sharing forum for the numerous communities resisting the threat of fracking around the country to organise tactically together. We are also supported by the brave and energetic people at Reclaim the Power who have reached out to a new savvy generation of activists.
Earth First! is a network of people and campaigns fighting ecological destruction and the forces driving it. EF! is a convenient banner for people who share similar philosophies to work under. We believe in non-hierarchical organising and the use of direct action.
The Gathering will be held in a beautiful field between Derby and Ashbourne in the Peak District from the 19-24th August 2015, nearest train Derby and regular shuttles from the station or there are local bus’s before 5pm, check web site for address. It’s camping so you’ll need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, torch and suchlike, and don’t worry if you can’t camp, there is a hostel near the site for £10 a night and coaches being booked from so check the web site. Meals are provided each day by the Gathering’s collective kitchen and there’ll be a snack shop and cafe. Everyone is crew, so the site space, which includes toilets and running water, will be run by us all.
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