Mark mark at
Sat Jun 18 14:46:46 BST 2005

Convergence at G8 2005

A broad network of Activist groups today announced that they are to set up
an Eco-Village to coincide with the G8 summit at Gleneagles. 5000 people
will gather outside Stirling to build the camp as an example of
sustainable ways of living and non-hierarchical methods of organizing in
direct response to the G8s poverty making, undemocratic and ecologically
devastating policies.

Casey Vayn-Todos today said, “the increasingly undemocratic nature of the
monetary system the G8 represents is becoming more and more apparent.
So-called “apathy” is growing with every election held by the western
democracies. But it is not by appealing to the leaders that we can solve
the problems the world faces, the solution to the worlds problems lies in
our own hands.”

“The Eco–Village will show that through self organisation the people of
the world can solve their own problems, scraps from the rich mans table
will not and in fact can not solve anything. The G8’s paltry debt
consolidation deal offered to the various African governments is fittingly
similar to the type of deal offered by loan sharks throughout the

Many of the people in the eco village will focus on peace issues. Robin
Francis commented; “Only by reclaiming the power stolen using the threat,
and often use, of violence by governments can the problems of poverty,
hunger, war and environmental armageddon be halted.

The Eco-Village will be a microcosm of a world that is not only possible
and desirable but necessary. From West Wales to West Papua, From Stirling
to Soweto the new world is growing. Let’s leave the G8 and all it’s
institutions of misery, death and destruction behind and move towards a
beautiful, free future. Let the example and deeds of the Eco-Villagers
spread beyond Stirling and cre8 a world where none live in poverty and all
are liberated."

The activists will show that people are more than capable of making the
decisions that affect their lives. Organizing horizontally, rather than
hierarchically, the Activists will show that the rigid authority of the
state, and therefore the G8, is not only unnecessary but is extremely
harmful. Harmful to human beings and our communities, harmful to our
environment and harmful to all life on earth.

“Where the G8 leaders offer up the dead end of Nuclear power as a solution
to climate change, on this twenty five acres we will be using low impact
sustainable technologies such as wind and solar power generation to
demonstrate that it is practical and possible to break away from the
insane use of deadly fossil fuels and a radioactive future for our
children.” Said Amy Marie
Activist Andrew Rhys was quoted today saying “The planet is rapidly being
destroyed by the un-sustainable policies of the G8, World Bank,
International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization. At the
Eco-Village we will, unlike the G8 governments, deal with all our own
needs and our own waste. From composting toilets to re-using and
re-cycling waste products we will show that it is easy to take
responsibility for our selves and our environment. Without immediate
radical change Poverty will never be history but the future for all
mankind except the very richest and most powerful, the G8 leaders for
example. As the runaway train of industrialization and economic
globalisation hurtles towards ecological meltdown the G8 leaders will play
golf and make deals that make all our futures even more precarious.”

A press conference will be held on Monday 20th June.
Convergence 2005

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