Climate On The Line (1min 53sec, 2008) is a brief clip showing brave young protestors laying themselves on the line (literally – the train line), as part of a series of peaceful direct action blocking the coal trains in Newcastle. Many groups of activists prevented the coal trains from running all day, in one of Australia’s biggest displays of direct action against the destructive export of coal which is fueling climate change.
I was in Newcastle recently for Climate Camp Australia 2008. It was an inspiring few days of workshops, info sessions, movement building skillsharing stuff and actions to stop coal trains from running to Port Waratah all day, in one of Australia’s biggest displays of direct action against exports from the world’s biggest coal port, one of Australia’s biggest contributions to destructive climate change.
It was also a convergence for some young folk who were covering the event independent media style. I was helping out organising the media space and doing a spot of filming/editing too.
Check out this video on EngageMedia of activists locked on to the coal trains on Sunday 13th July:
You can find more coverage of the camp and associated actions here on EngageMedia.