Climate Camp in Poland (18.–22.07.2018): update & programme

Nieuws, gepost door: nn op 08/07/2018 07:01:45

Wanneer: 08/07/2018 - 11:48

Where open pit mines are causing beautiful lakes to disappear, the Noteć river to dry up on a stretch of over 30 kilometres, and where farmers are forced to accept annual decline in crop yields, we will meet to join local communities in the fight against social injustice and the destruction of nature [mobi video].

Climate change, and the degradation of regions in which fossil fuels are extracted, emerges from the systematic exploitation of the natural environment and people. Opposing this harmful process requires cooperation and the combined forces of everyone who does not agree to live in a world that is stripped of trees, polluted, dug up or deprived of natural lakes and rivers.


The Camp takes place in the village called Świętne (central Poland). If you use public transport, the nearest and best connected cities are Mogilno, Konin and Inowrocław. Please let us know that you’re coming, so we can pick you up from there: If you use Facebook, there is a public group for connecting people travelling from the same cities or regions:

Since the Camp starts on Wednesday (July 18th) morning, we encourage you to come already on Tuesday (July 17th). All needed infrastructure will be ready by then. The closing plenary will take place on Sunday (July 22nd) in the evening.

If you don’t need any help with getting to the Camp, please let us know that you are planning to come anyway, so we can prepare better (translations, food, etc.). Thanks!


Our programme (see below) is finally ready! In addition to the content-related workshops and discussions, there will be concerts (from folk to rap), excursions, sport activities (from yoga to frisbee), art activities (from performances to samba), and plenty of open space events (from upcycling to permaculture)!

Most of the workshops, plenary meetings and excursions will be held in Polish, but there are also many in English (marked with EN) and one in Spanish (marked with ES). We will do our best to provide translation. We also hope for self-organisation and whisper translation.

The whole programme with detailed descriptions of the workshops will be available soon on our website:


As agreed with the local community, our protest activities will be limited to demonstrations and happenings. We express full understanding and approval for civic disobedience in justified situations, but we will act with respect for the will of the local residents.

The camp space is free from promoting any brands, organisations or party affiliations.


There will be vegan food prepared by a Food Not Bombs group from Łódź.

Breakfast: 8.00–9.30 am

Lunch: 1.30–3.00 pm

Dinner: 7.00–8.30 pm


Information regarding accessibility, safety, energy, recording and pictures, drugs policy etc. + what to bring you can find here:

At our Camp there is no place for racism, sexism, classism, homophobia or any other excluding behaviours.


Wednesday (July 18th): Localism

9.30 am: Opening of the Climate Camp – a plenary meeting
10.00–11.00 am: Opening discussion | Lignite: local problem – global threat / Local leaders and activists

Session II: 12 am–1.30 pm

Energy Democracy – a local partnership for clean, effective and affordable energy / Dariusz Szwed

How to build a climate justice movement – learning from our neighbours in Germany and the Czech Republic / Activists from Ende Gelände and Limity jisme my (EN)

Polish slogans for the climate movement / Ilona Witkowska & Jaś Kapela

Session III: 3.00 pm–4.30 pm

100% green energy. From idea to execution / Marek Józefiak

Silesia, climate and localism / Izabela Zygmunt

Affinity groups: a solid basis for action / Skills for Action (EN)

Debate: 5 pm–7 pm

Localism: Meeting of urban and rural movements

Thursday (July 19th): Work

Session I: 10.00 am–11.30 am

Decision-making during actions / Skills for Action (EN)

Where does climate denialism come from? And what does the social psychology say about it? / Adrian Wójcik

Polish energy sector trapped in coal / Diana Maciąga

Session II: 12 am–1.30 pm

The world of fossil fuels. Why change anything? Part I / Marcin Popkiewicz

The story of how we stopped being afraid. A meeting with activists from Konin / Monika Marciniak & Jarosław Koźlarek

Degrowth and Climate Justice – how are they connected? / Dorothee Häußermann & Christopher Laumanns (EN)

2 pm–3 pm: Open discussion: After the camp – what next?

Session III: 3.00 pm–4.30 pm

The world of fossil fuels. Why change anything? Part II / Marcin Popkiewicz

Climate, meat industry, and exploitation of work / Jarosław Urbański

“If it's too good to be true...”: a quizzical look at the discourse of 'just transition’ / Tadzio Müller (EN)

Debate: 5 pm–7 pm

Work in times of climate change / Moderation: Jarosław Urbański

Friday (July 20th): Solidarity

Morning: A protest action against open-pit mining and a solidarity demonstration with the local community

Session III: 3.00 pm–4.30 pm

The climate movement needs feminism / Kinga Karp

Christian integral ecology and climate change / Emilia Ślimko & Mateusz Piotrowski

Natural resources – profit or exploitation? Fight against mines in the global South / Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz

Debate: 5 pm–7 pm

Climate change as a common concern. A new dimension of solidarity / Moderation: Adam Ostolski & Bartłomiej Kozek

Saturday (July 21st): Self-organisation

Session I: 10.00 am–11.30 am

Safe communication for activists – an introduction. Part I / Collective

In solidarity with refugees / Marysia Złonkiewicz

Alternative food production and distribution systems / Food cooperatives

Storytelling – resistance against coal mining in Colombia / Narlis Guzmán Angulo & Maria Fernanda Herrera Palomo (ES)

Session II: 12 am–1.30 pm

Political actions: an introduction / Skills for Action (in English)

Safe communication for activists – an introduction. Part II / Collective

To live for the benefit of all: the Creators Settlement and the regenerative settlements of the future / Jędrzej Cyganik

2 pm–3 pm: Open discussion: After the camp – what next?

Session III: 3.00 pm–4.30 pm

Food sovereignty and farmers agroecology / Nyeleni Polska

Roșia Montană: How to stop a gold mine / Roxana Pencea & Tudor Brădățan (EN)

Climate negotiations for beginners / Artur Wieczorek

Debate: 5 pm–7 pm

Civil disobedience in Poland. What's next? / Moderation: Piotr Trzaskowski

Sunday (July 22nd): Alternatives

Session I: 10.00 am–11.30 am

Introduction to empathic communication / Magda Zowsik

Energy Democracy – How citizens worldwide take energy production in their own hands / Conrad Kunze (EN)

Between the lines: a workshop on formulating climate messages / Joanna Lesiewicz

Session II: 12 am–1.30 pm

Introduction to empathic communication (continuation) / Magda Zowsik

Degrowth: How to see the economy differently? / Hanna Mroczka

Citizens' panels and climate change: can efficient democracy help to protect the climate? / Marcin Gerwin

Session III: 3.00 pm–4.30 pm

Let's get prepared for action / Skills for Action (EN)

Water as fundamental human right. A workshop on self-organisation for the protection of common goods / Barbara Grzebulska

Buildings of the future – how to design and build super comfortable and super energy-efficient homes in harmony with nature / Bartosz Królczyk

Debate: 5 pm–7 pm

Capitalism vs. Climate? / Moderation: Maria Świetlik


Please let us know if you have any questions. And spread the word!

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Camp!

In solidarity

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