Climate Conservation Camp – an environmental crowdfunding project in Swansea by Bob Smith


Help our charity create a portable skills school that can offer climate conservation camps. We’re starting with a climate action camp during Great Big Green Week from September 24 to October 2. An event that will demonstrate what ordinary people can do against climate change, a camp open to all volunteers interested in work and learn new skillseat together and talk to each other, share educational films and entertainment and learn to think differently.

The Mobile Skills School is the basic infrastructure for volunteers to camp and work. We want to provide the most amazing volunteer experience, whether you come for an hour, a day, or an entire week. Everyone is part of the crew and must participate in the operation of the camp as well as the activities. It will engage community groups from across Swansea and beyond to travel during Great Big Green Week, to give talks and interactive presentations on all things climate change and practical projects taking place.

We are part of the Swansea Environmental Forum and the Swansea Climate Action Network and through these climate networks we will invite other groups and local people to participate. We are a short bus or cycle ride from Swansea town on the outskirts of Gower.

Daily outdoor hands-on and craft skills will take place, led by experienced volunteer instructors: mowing ferns, restoring hedges, digging gullies for grow beds, planting trees, basket weaving, spoon carving, yoga, food fermentation how… and more

Engaging with nature and connecting with like-minded people, always something to do…

We are an educational environmental charity focused on practical action against climate change. We aim by example to raise awareness and encourage practical action through community-based educational activities creating networks, affinity groups and volunteerism.

Our volunteer opportunities provide an alternative to street protests by engaging people to do something to create the communities they want to see. Education and friendship are an antidote to civil unrest. We focus on growing carbon negative foods, coppice management, hedging, basket weaving, allied crafting and communication skills.

As the recent heat wave this summer demonstrated, it is now necessary to take the appropriate measures to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for the consequences. It’s time to start creating bridges and pathways for anyone willing to take the appropriate action to solve the climate and nature emergency.

The short-term impacts of climate change over the next 30 years that will affect the UK population are progressive challenges to food security causing food shortages and possible famine from the 2050s if we do not act now. This could lead to extreme politics and unrest. The Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report 2017 states:

“Degradation of high-quality agricultural land: due to increasing soil aridity, reduced availability of water for irrigation, depletion of soil organic matter and rising water levels. the sea from 37% to 9% of the area by 2050. Current agricultural production in eastern parts of England and Scotland could become unsustainable…..:

We import 40% of our food, which is unreliable in a globally changing climate. Therefore, we need to grow locally grown foods more sustainably, especially in the western half of the country, and re-skill young people to meet the challenge in a socially just way.

The charity aims to set up a no-dig, carbon-negative food horticulture demonstration project that uses biochar and woodchips from community coppices worked by Climate Conservation volunteers. Intended for the requalification of young people through a mobile skills school. Create roots for an alternative local economy based on growing food and materials that can be sold in local markets.

A climate without the fuss. We believe that in adversity people can come together or apart, creating practical projects where people can come together and learning practical and social skills are essential in this climate emergency!

In 2020 the charity agreed to a 10 year lease on a 6 acre site to test our project in Murton Swansea. This is a base for our portable skill school and an initial cultivation area of ​​1 acre. This is only the beginning and there is still a lot to do. The growing area will be an alley cropping system, long vegetable beds and perennial beds where trees and shrubs are planted alongside the swales. This site is teeming with wildlife and requires work to lay hedges, control ferns, dig swales for water conservation and plant trees.

A fully portable camp equipped with the basic infrastructure for field workers to carry out climate conservation and horticulture work. It is inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps. From 1933 to 1942, 3 million volunteers signed up to live in rural camps and carry out emergency conservation work. It was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The economic depression created high unemployment rates, especially among young people. America suffered from large areas of environmental degradation caused by intensive agriculture and deforestation. In 9 years, a billion trees have been planted as well as a whole series of practical works based on the land. He brought young people out of the city, housed them in camps and trained them in lifelong skills. The result has been positive for people and the planet. We believe a Climate Conservation Corps is needed for the current climate emergency.

We have been involved in action on climate change for over 20 years; we have been ahead of the curve in finding climate problems and practical answers to address its root causes. We have worked on front line campaigns: Climate Camps 2007-2011 Reclaim Power, Extinction Rebellion as well as various volunteer projects. We started by leaving town, looking at alternative communities, living in rural housing co-ops, working with burnt-out protesters, starting a rural skills school, and learning how to grow food without digging from pioneers. like Ed Revill. Ask the questions: What is the alternative to protest? The answer: education and building alternative economies involving a carbon-negative food culture and bio-diverse land management. The transferable skills school is the current focus, aided by charitable status to implement education and training. We are all volunteers and this is about solving the problem for future generations.

What we do is exceptional value for money, run by volunteers, using minimal fuel and causing the least emissions. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being efficient.

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