Memories of Basecamp 2017
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in Castleton from 2-4 June for Basecamp 2017!
This year's festival was the biggest yet, and you all made it a smashing success. Special thanks to Good Energy for their generous sponsorship.
Here are a few snapshots of the weekend...
We heard from fantastic speakers, including Friends of the Earth Chief Executive Craig Bennett and award-winning author Hahrie Han who delivered the keynote John Preedy Memorial Lecture, exploring the power of focused movements to deliver real world impact.
There were plenty of topical discussions, training sessions, creative workshops and wellbeing activities to navigate between. You could be exploring the effect of Brexit on food and farming in between a morning rave and a lantern-making class.
A whole slew of talented musicians shared their tunes with us throughout the weekend; Pariss Elektra played us some of her smooth soul in the Lighthouse Cafe.
On Saturday evening, the traditional Earthmovers ceremony once again highlighted the amazing campaigning work undertaken this past year by local and community groups around the country.
We heard from inspiring activists such as Rosamund Kissi-Debrah who founded the Ella Roberta Family Foundation to combat air pollution, students from the youth campaign organising course My World My Home, and Julie Longden who set up the Hope Rising Action Group against the benefits cap.
As always, Basecamp was all about rekindled friendships, emerging connections and new allies.
But it was also about firsts! We installed bike-powered wifi this year, printed our own Basecamp branded goods, and were joined by Patagonia's Worn Wear Van who generously gave our used clothing a bit of TLC.
Finally, everyone came together to close Basecamp 2017 with an action inspired by the international focus of this year's programme and designed collaboratively throughout the weekend.
We stand against state repression in Brazil, against oil extraction in Nigeria, against Trump's war on climate. We stand for climate justice, for a frack-free UK, for a people-powered renewable future. We stand together.
To campaign throughout the year on these and other local environmental and social justice issues, why not join your closest Friends of the Earth group?
We already can't wait for Basecamp 2018, and hope to see many of you there!
In the meantime, if you'd like to keep in touch with Friends of the Earth grassroots campaigning and hear about local events, follow us on Twitter @FoE_community. And make sure to join our Basecamp Facebook group to chat with other participants and keep the Basecamp feeling alive year-round.
Good Energy – suppliers of 100% renewable energy – has supported Friends of the Earth for many years. To encourage people to join the renewable movement Good Energy will donate £50 to Friends of the Earth for every person who switches their energy supply to them quoting “FOEBase17”.