Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friends of Earth - BaseCamp July


The Get-together for environmental activism
12-14 July, Hartington, Derbyshire
BASECAMP is one of three events we're running this year in place of our Annual Conference.
This won't be a top-down 'Conference'. BASECAMP is being developed and run as collaboratively as possible with an activist working group, local groups and the network more widely.
This is an event primarily for the Friends of the Earth network of local groups. We also very much welcome people who aren't Friends of the Earth members but are active on environmental issues. 
Join us at Basecamp to
Skill up - share expertise, build and learn skills.
Meet up - with a broad spectrum of people with a common goal. 
Have your say - in how we can campaign together to achieve our ambitions.
Rejuvenate - in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain.
There'll be a range of creative, festival-inspired and thought-provoking activities throughout the weekend (suggestions and offers very welcome). And you can't fail to be inspired by our prize ceremony for local campaigning - the Earthmovers Awards.
Guest speakers confirmed so far include George Monbiot (Columnist and author) and Elías Díaz Peña (Friends of the Earth Paraguay) with more on the way.  
About the venue
The event will take place in Hartington - a village in the countryside between Buxton and Chesterfield, a short walk from world famous Dovedale. We hope to be inspired by this spectacular setting, so the weekend will have an outdoor feel. A lot of the sessions will be in the marquee and yurts, or rooms in the Youth Hostel with views of the nearby hills. We will be running shuttle buses from Buxton train station in time for the beginning and the end of the event. (We are looking into a shuttle from Chesterfield too).  
We have booked every bed in the area for the event, so there will be a range of accommodation for you to choose from - including riverside camping, dorm beds at the YHA, nearby B&Bs and a hotel.
Prices (all tickets are subsidised)
£30: Weekend ticket with food and camping
£60: Weekend ticket with food and dorm room
£105: Weekend  ticket with B & B
A limited number of free tickets are also available for local group members who would not be able to participate otherwise.
And if you have any questions or suggestions please do get in touch.

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