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Venturers Take Action

15 August 2016 - 1:43pm

During Venturer camp 2016 13 young people took to the streets of Derby to take action against fracking. They planned and carried out the action including research, making props, and writing letters and press releases. I am immensely proud of how they worked collectively to fight for social change. They considered their impact responsibly and dedicated so much energy to making decisions by consensus. Venturer camp marks the end of the 2 year climate campaign Sea Monsters for Climate Change. We wend out with a bang! I had never met such radical and compassionate young people. Every single one of you who dropped by the sea monsters centre blew me away. I didn’t think that I was someone who underestimated young people but during camp I realised I am getting a little older and a lot less wise. Thank you to all the venturers who reminded me of our power. Your energy is so moving. Big up Molly, Elliot and Chris for supporting me and the centre. Here’s a pic of us out campaigning and the letter that  we sent to the council.

Dear Derbyshire County Council,

We are writing this at a Woodcraft Folk Camp in Derbyshire. Woodcraft Folk is a cooperative youth-lead youth organisation. During the week-long camp, some of us have been planning an anti-fracking action. On the 12th of August 2016 13 young people aged between 13 and 16 left the camp and descended on the city of Derby dressed as water monsters and brandishing bottles of dirty water. This was to highlight the risks of water contamination in hydraulic fracturing. We chatted with many members of the public all of whom were concerned about the risks of fracking.  We understand that the City of Derby does not fall under Derbyshire County Council. However, any fracking that may happen in Derbyshire will directly affect those living in Derby, not just because of local pollution risks, but because of the global climate change that burning fracked gas contributes to.

During the 2 ½ hours we were campaigning we collected over 200 signed letters from Derbyshire residents urging you, the council, to refuse any planning applications you may get for test drills.  We are sure you will agree that this is a significant number of people who share our views. Listening to Derbyshire residents, we came to the unanimous conclusion that this view is representative of Derby and the county beyond.

Many of us at the camp are not local to Derbyshire, but opposition to fracking has global relevance. Burning shale gas releases CO2 which is a greenhouse gas. As young people, climate change poses a staggering threat. DARA international is already attributing five million deaths per year to climate change and fossil fuel side effects. This number will only rise unless people like you utilize your power to stop it. It is possible to power the UK with green energy. Our camp of 450 people is almost entirely powered by solar.

The potential risks and uncertain benefits of fracking mean that it is a method of extraction that is simply not worth it regardless of the incentives offered to the council or residents of Derbyshire. This Woodcraft Folk camp opposes fracking due to how it jeopardises our climate and our human and animal welfare on a local and global scale. We urge you to safe-guard the community you serve and the future of young people across the country by rejecting any applications to frack that you may receive.

Please respond via email to

Blue skies,

Woodcraft Folk Venturer Camp 2016

(See signatures enclosed)

Spanning Leicester with peg doll protesters

30 April 2016 - 6:38pm

Heya, it’s Ruby here, with a brief rundown of how Span That World With Protest went down in Leicester on Saturday 30th April 2016…

THE WEEK BEFORE: I made an unimpressive poster and reminded all my friends to come, a lot. Luckily the Real Junk Food Project in Leicester were super on board and agreed to give me a space in their cafe to run the STWWP activities. We decided to make peg doll protesters – peg dolls carrying little protest banners about, well, anything really. They would then be displayed around the city for the public to see and hopefully to make people think.

THE DAY BEFORE: I went to Poundland to buy the crafty materials I needed (a bit last minute but w/e). They only had very brightly coloured plastic peg dolls, but I decided that would probs be cool anyway. Made a practice peg doll and showed the world in an effort to encourage people to come.

THE DAY: I started at 9.30am in the Real Junk Food Project kitchen, as usual on a Saturday. {The Real Junk Food Project intercepts perfectly edible food that was going to be thrown away and cooks it up into meals for the public, served on a pay-as-you-feel basis. An amazing social and environmental organisation to work with for STWWP} I cooked up a gr8 vegan, gluten free lemon cake (all by myself!) then set up my crafty table in the main space. Only one other DF and someone else from my district could make it BUT we got loads of kids helping to make the peg dolls and some more banner ideas from their parents. After ~two hours crafting I went into town and sneakily put the dolls in different places across the city. I mean then it rained so their banners are probs ruined. BUT! It was a super valuable experience. I got a lot out of it, and it was a really nice community experience, especially getting children to think about the issues they care about and the things they want to change. Have a look at our peg dolls – which is your favourite?