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Fossil Free Gathering 2022 (UK Divest)

A weekend of workshops and discussions bringing together divestment activists from across the UK!

The Fossil Free Gathering is an annual training, learning, and networking event for grassroots activists demanding that our communities and institutions, like our local councils, cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry.

This year’s event will take place over the course of a weekend in a magnificent building set in 27 acres of stunning Staffordshire countryside.

We’ll be bringing together divestment activists from across the UK for a weekend of stimulating talks and practical workshops, with a focus on peer-to-peer learning and how divestment can help achieve climate justice.

Why now?

In the face of soaring energy bills and the unjust conflict in Ukraine fuelled by the global north’s dependence on fossil fuels, the UK Government has doubled down on dangerous fossil fuels under the guise of energy security. Companies like Shell have been given the green light to develop new oil and gas fields, like the Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea, that if burned will drive the Earth’s temperature beyond safe limits and keep us hooked on expensive fossil fuels for years to come.

The window to avert climate catastrophe is rapidly closing, but it’s not too late. Divestment allows local communities to use their collective power to delegitimise the industry and pave the way for political action to accelerate a fair and just transition.

Now more than ever, we need to scale up our efforts to secure a green and fair future for everyone. To do this, local campaigners need to be well-connected, skilled and confident in building their movement and putting pressure on their campaign targets to drive a move away from fossil fuels and towards climate justice.

Agenda

Across the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to meet other activists both within and outside of their region, hear from inspiring speakers, share learning, plan for an upcoming national day of action, develop their skills in a range of areas and discuss how we can win.

Workshops will include topics such as:

  • communicating to win hearts and minds
  • making an impact on social media
  • developing a winning campaign strategy
  • using direct action to advance your campaign
  • working with your local councillors
  • building partnerships in your community
  • … and much more!

We’ll be announcing the full programme and guest speakers/facilitators in the coming weeks.

Register your place via Eventbite

Who is the Gathering for?

The Fossil Free Gathering is a friendly, inclusive event that’s open to anyone who is committed to ending investment in harmful fossil fuels.

Whether you’ve been involved in climate activism for years or you’re just getting started, there will be something new for everyone to learn and the event’s ethos is that everyone who attends will have something valuable to share, regardless of their experience.

If you are already calling for divestment in your local area, we want you to be there. If you are committed to building a more diverse, more powerful divestment ask that’s built on climate justice, we need you. And if you need help to get started, we’ll be there to help.

Why attend?

  • Learn new skills to build powerful partnerships and make your local campaign more effective.
  • Meet and plan with other activists and groups in your nation/region.
  • Build connections and mutual support networks with other activists from across the UK.
  • Hear from communities campaigning for environmental justice in the UK and around the world and gain an understanding of how divestment is a tactic firmly rooted in the struggle for global climate justice.
  • Problem-solve together with other experts in the network on issues such as shareholder engagement, finance, and campaign strategy.

What does your ticket include?

  • Participation in a diverse mix of workshops, talks, and social activities of your choice delivered by expert faciltators over the course of the weekend.
  • 2 x overnight stays in a residential dorm room on-site (some private rooms will be available for those who need them).
  • Food, drinks, and snacks – from dinner on Friday evening to lunch on Sunday afternoon.
  • A free shuttle from Stafford station to the venue and back.

Tickets

Tickets are available on a “pay what you can afford” sliding scale. Tickets will be available to purchase up to 7 days before the event begins.

Free tickets: Free tickets are available for those who need them. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please email ukdivest@gmail.com for a promo code to get your free ticket.

Lower cost tickets: Lower-cost tickets are available at £15.00 for those who need them.

Standard cost tickets: Standard tickets will be £30.00.

“Buy one, gift one” solidarity tickets: This is a “twice price” ticket that will help to provide free tickets, travel subsidies, and other accessibility provisions, making the gathering accessible to more people.

Venue and travel information

Our venue: Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre, Ingestre, Staffordshire, ST18 0RF (Click here for a virtual tour of the building)

Ingestre Hall is 20-minute drive from Stafford station, which is accessible by train from most parts of the UK.

We will be arranging free shuttles to Ingestre Hall from the train station on Friday evening and Saturday morning, as well as back to the station on Sunday afternoon (exact times TBC). Please bear in mind that you may need to arrange your own taxi/transport from Stafford if you’re planning to arrive at a different time.

Solidarity fares: We have some budget to cover public transportation (rail or bus travel) to and from Stafford station for those who need it, so please indicate this in your order form and we’ll be in touch. We can also cover fuel costs where driving is an accessibility requirement.

Accessibility

The venue does not have step-free access throughout, but the rooms that we will be using for talks, workshops, and mealtimes and the routes to get between them will be made fully accessible for wheelchair users over the weekend. The venue has one bedroom that is fully wheelchair accessible for those who are staying overnight.

If you require any further accessibility support, we will try our best to help. Please complete the access requirement questions on the booking form or – to be certain that the provision can be made – please email us at ukdivest@gmail.com with the subject line “Access Requirement” before booking your ticket.

Covid-19 measures

We will aim to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in the following ways:

  • Staff, volunteers, and attendees will be encouraged to conduct and show a negative lateral flow test 24hrs in advance of attending the event, with attendees encouraged to take another test after 24 hours at the venue.
  • Hand sanitiser and face coverings will be available.
  • Regular hand washing, social distancing, and ventilation will be encouraged.
  • Isolation rooms will be made available in the event that an attendee feels unwell and/or tests positive during the course of the Gathering.

If the Government restrictions/guidelines change, we will amend our plans as necessary. If we are forced to cancel the event, everyone will receive a refund and we will aim to move the event online or reschedule in person at an appropriate time.

Refunds

Cancellations made more than 7 days before the start of the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations less than 7 days before the start of the event and refunds requested during or after the event will only be granted in accordance with your statutory rights. If for any reason we cancel the event, you will receive a full refund. To request a refund please contact us via Eventbrite or email ukdivest@gmail.com with the subject line “Refund Request”.

Contact us

Please email ukdivest@gmail.com if you have any other queries about the event.

 

Event Details

Location Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre
Ingestre, Staffordshire, ST18 0RF
Start Friday 23 Sep 2022 3:00pm
Finish Friday 23 Sep 2022 6:00pm
Organised by UK Divest
Booking https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fossil-free-gathering-2022-tickets-371082406467


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