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By: Tom Hellberg

Climate Countdown

Pages: 270 Ratings: 5.0
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This is a true history of resistance. It is a story of climate protest at home and abroad. Climate Camps were the precursor for groups like Extinction Rebellion and Occupy in the UK, at annual week-long camps focussed on fossil fuel hotspots.It is a study in organisation method and state surveillance – and infiltration.

It is the history of the Climate Camp for Action from 2006 to 2010. The camp’s aims were to educate, live sustainably; and take direct action against the root causes of climate change.

The author is a retired architectural draughtsman who has also worked as an advertising manager in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine. He has been involved in highlighting the need for action on climate change and a former member of the Eco Worriers, an environmentally concerned band.
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  • Shlomo Dowen

    Wow! I have just finished my first reading of Tom Hellberg’s ‘Climate Countdown’ and I am inspired to write a book review to encourage others to take the journey.
    Full disclosure: Tom is a friend, and a much-loved and respected colleague of mine in the UK anti-incineration movement.
    Tom’s book is an important one, and the account Tom provides, the ‘story’ Tom’s book tells, is an important piece of a puzzle. It is vital that we piece this puzzle, and it is clear that – as the book cover’s illustration suggests – time is running out to complete this work.
    Origin stories are important. They can help us understand the motivation of fictional superheroes, and they can help us understand where we are as a society and how we got here.
    We all owe a debt of gratitude to Tom for sharing the fruits of his life experience and painstaking research – which obviously included trawling through countless blog posts and social media posts to find some gems that reflect the spirit of the Climate Camp that is the book’s focus.
    I am grateful to Tom for grappling with the anger and doubts that must have surrounded his efforts, and to have somehow managed to provide such a vital, comprehensive, and inspiring account of events.
    As Tom writes (on page 265), the Climate campers’ “occupation of physical space in which to host an experimental shared community continues to inspire”. It is fair to say that I found Tom’s book an inspiring use of emotional and intellectual ‘space’ in which to understand and hopefully learn from the experiences of this ‘shared community’.
    Circumstances – physical, political, social – continue to change, so I urge you to read Climate Countdown right now to help you appreciate how we got here and where we may be heading next…

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