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The Hague Survival Kit The following pages give you all the practical information about the Dike action weekend November 17th-19th, 2000, The Hague, Netherlands. All the information is also available on our dike web site at http://www.foeeurope.org/dike. Milieudefensie welcomes you to the Sandbagger Inn From 5 pm on 17 November, the doors of the Sandbagger Inn will be open to Dike builders in The Hague. Accommodation is free of charge. The Sandbagger Inn offers you a warm and dry place to sleep on the floor of sport halls, schools and tents in The Hague. We have four locations: 1) Flood Refuge Tent (registration, restaurant, gatherings, party and accommodation) 2) Hurricane Hotel (accommodation only) 3) Sandbag Sleep (accommodation only) 4) Cyclone Cottage (accommodation, computer facilities and Internet access) All locations offer such luxuries as showers and toilets. The Sandbagger Inn Restaurant serves vegan food for around NLG 15 a day (depending on what country you are from). There are a limited number of rooms available that are separated by gender. Sleeping areas will be locked during the day to prevent theft, but you are advised to carry valuables such as passports with you at all times. The Sandbagger Inn has a no smoking policy. A few basic things to remember: Bring your own sleeping bag and mat We expect you to lend a helping hand with things like washing up, food preparation and keeping things clean If you are coming in a group, make sure to register in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org) Bring warm and waterproof clothing (we will be outside all afternoon in November!). Bring your own message to put on the Dike (please make sure that this is no larger than 1 metre high and two long, so that there is room for everyone). Bring dancing boots for the party on Saturday night. How to find us? The Sandbagger Inn Registration is open 24 hours a day from 5 pm on Friday 17 November. Our office is at Flood Refuge Tent, a huge tent near The Hague Central Train Station (Den Haag Centraal Station). The exact address is Malieveld. This is a park area. Participants of the Dike action and buses from abroad have to go to this location first. In case of emergency or significant delays of buses/larger groups the registration office can be reached by phone at the following number: +31-(0)6-295 93 877 Arriving by train: leave the station through the main entrance and follow the signs marked Sandbagger Inn to the Malieveld. This is a five minute walk. Arriving by road: please see route description below. Registration Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a registration form. You will then will receive a Sandbagger Inn bracelet which gives access to all our locations and the party on Saturday plus directions to your place of accommodation. Groups are asked to make sure that their members fill out these forms in advance (please also see the section groups), e.g. during the bus trip to The Hague. Groups Groups wishing to stay at the Sandbagger Inn should let Friends of the Earth Europe, email@example.com know in advance how many people they are planning to bring and their exact arrival and departure times in The Hague. We will try to accommodate groups together. Groups are also expected to designate someone to act as a liason between the group and the registration office. If possible, give a mobile phone number for last minute arrangements. If your group is bringing a bus that can be used for transportation in The Hague during the weekend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need accommodation for your bus driver, please urgently contact email@example.com. Please note that bus driver accommodation is not free. There is space to park at all the locations as well as at the bus driver accommodation. The Sandbagger Inn Restaurant Our restaurant is run by Rampenplan, an experienced mobile kitchen that prepares delicious vegan/vegetarian food. The restaurant can be found at Flood Refuge Tent and will offer the following meals: Friday evening: soup Saturday: breakfast plus lunchbags, dinner Sunday: brunch Meals are paid for in the restaurant and can only be paid for in Dutch guilders. The price for a full day's food is around NLG 15 (includes three meals, so less on Friday and Sunday). Rampenplan is a volunteer organisation and you will be asked to help with things like cutting vegetables, dishes etc. Transport in The Hague Dike builders will be travelling between two main locations throughout the weekend: 1) Flood Refuge Tent (registration, gathering, restaurant, party) 2) Congress Centre (the Dike) 3) Accommodation Free shuttles are being arranged between Flood Refuge Tent and accommodation locations for the weekend. More information about times will be made available upon arrival. Weekend Programme Friday 17 November 17:00 evening Sandbagger Inn registration desk open Sandbagger Inn restaurant open for dinner (all night) Environmentalists from all around the world gather to meet, informal campaigner’s meetings, climate witnesses slide show, FoE exhibition, open stage, disco and music Saturday 18 November 8:00 9:30 11:00 12:00 12:15 Breakfast is served at the Sandbagger Inn Restaurant Welcome speech. Reports from climate witnesses and from the COP6 negotiations. Building instructions in English March to Dike action site Gathering near conference centre Welcome speeches Wijnand Duyvendak- director Milieudefensie (FoE Netherlands) Tony Juniper- director Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland Carlos Perez- climate witness of Hurricane Mitch Start children's programme Children from 4 years onward are invited to come to the Children's tent, where a work of art will be made to put on the Dike Building Instructions for Dutch activists Start of building the Dike. The Latin Culture Brass Band will provide a musical background for Dike builders. After the Dike has been built, everyone will be invited to place their own banner or message on the Dike Closing speech Ricardo Navarro- chair Friends of the Earth International Live performance of the band Jammah Tammah The Dike action ends. FoEE café opens at Flood Refuge Tent FoE exhibition, open stage, music, informal meetings Sandbagger Inn Restaurant opens for dinner Island Alert Party at the Flood Refuge Tent Dike-builders, conference delegates and NGO lobbyists are all invited to the party. Live performance of the Pacific band Tevaka, Discotheque with all music styles. Be sure to bring your dancing boots! 12:15 12:30 12:45 15:00 15:15 16:15 16:15 18:00 20:00 Sunday 19 November 9:00-11:00 11:00 Sandbagger Inn Restaurant open for breakfast at Flood Refuge Tent FoE exhibition, informal meetings Departure More about the Dike Face up to climate change! Building the Dike is a spectacular stunt that is going to send out a powerful message. Thousands of people from around the world will be building a wall of sandbags just outside the COP6 conference centre, while the meeting is in progress. The Dike is not a blockade, but a peaceful action meant to show the decision-makers that we think the conference should succeed in agreeing on the measures that are needed to stop climate change. The police has given permission to build the Dike and leave a large part standing during the week that follows. This means that the conference delegates (including ministers) will be sure to see the Dike. Some technical details The Dike will be about 400 metres long and 1.5 metres high. Over 50,000 sandbags and tens of thousands of m3 sand will be used to build a double row of sandbags that starts in front of the Congress Centre and covers the full length of the building. Because of the tight security around the Conference Centre the Dike is split into two sections. Section 1 is about 100 metres long and in front of the main entrance to the building. This will be built by a special crew of people, who will receive permission to cross the security fences. Section two is the largest part of the Dike and will be built on the road that runs parallel to the conference centre (see also map). The Dike construction consists of three main activities: filling the sandbags, transporting the sandbags and laying the sandbags on the Dike. There are tasks suitable for young and old, strong and weak. The construction is expected to take about two hours. Milieudefensie has trained a special crew of dike co-ordinators that will supervise the actual construction and can be recognised by their vests. There will be approximately 20 piles of sand set up along the length of the Dike. The sandbags will be filled at these so-called filling stations. During the welcome briefing on Saturday the 18th, there will be a more detailed explanation of how the Dike is to be built. Directions to the Sandbagger Inn Registration: Malieveld, The Hague, Netherlands Coming from the South (Rotterdam) From Rotterdam you come from highway A13 Take the A4 towards Amsterdam. And shortly after that take highway A12 to ”Voorburg” and then The Hague Centre (Den Haag - centrum). Keep going until the road changes into ”Utrechtse Baan” and then ”Boslaan” road. This ends in a crossing with the ”Zuid-Hollandlaan” on your left and the ”Benoordenhoutseweg” on your right. Cross that straight into the ”Jozef Israelslaan”. At the end (Jozef Israelplein) go left until you come onto the ”Wassenaarseweg”. Go left into that road. You’ll reach a crossing with a canal on the other side. Turn left there again, unto the Koningskade. After about 500 meters you’ll see the parking garage underneath the Malieveld (underground). The meeting point is on the Malieveld. Coming from the East (Utrecht) From Utrecht you’re on highway A12 to The Hague (Den Haag) Stay on the A12 towards ”Voorburg” and then The Hague Centre (centrum) Keep going until the road changes into ”Utrechtse Baan” and then ”Boslaan” road. This ends in a crossing with the ”Zuid-Hollandlaan” on your left and the ”Benoordenhoutseweg” on your right. Cross that straight into the ”Jozef Israelslaan”. At the end (Jozef Israelplein) go left until you come onto the ”Wassenaarseweg”. Go left into that road. You’ll reach a crossing with a canal on the other side. Turn left there again, unto the Koningskade. After about 500 meters you’ll see the parking garage underneath the Malieveld (underground). The meeting point is on the Malieveld. Coming from the North (Amsterdam) You come on the highway A4 from Amsterdam to The Hague (Den Haag) When you come unto the A12 go towards The Hague Centre (centrum) Keep going until the road changes into ”Utrechtse Baan” and then ”Boslaan” road. This ends in a crossing with the ”Zuid-Hollandlaan” on your left and the ”Benoordenhoutseweg” on your right. Cross that straight into the ”Jozef Israelslaan”. At the end (Jozef Israelplein) go left until you come onto the ”Wassenaarseweg”. Go left into that road. You’ll reach a crossing with a canal on the other side. Turn left there again, unto the Koningskade. After about 500 meters you’ll see the parking garage underneath the Malieveld (underground). The meeting point is on the Malieveld. From the North (Leiden / Amsterdam) You arrive on highway A44. That turns into ”Rijksstraatweg” and then ”Benoordenhoutseweg” and eventually into the ”Zuid-Hollandlaan”. At the end take a left into the ”Koningskade” After about 500 meters you’ll see the parking garage underneath the Malieveld (underground). The meeting point is on the Malieveld. General info about The Hague and the Netherlands Language Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands, but most people speak English and some German. Climate The Netherlands can be rainy and cold in November, so make sure to bring suitable clothing. November's average temperature lies between 5 and 10 degrees Centigrade during the day and 0 and 5 degrees at night. Post offices Post offices are open on weekdays from 9:00-17:00 and large post offices are usually also open on Saturday morning too. Post offices are easily recognisable by the red signs marked postkantoor. Money The Dutch guilder (NLG) is worth about 0.45 euro (0.4 USD). The Netherlands is not cheap. Banks in the Netherlands are usually open from Monday to Friday till 5 pm. Cash points (the Dutch word is geldautomaat) that accept Cirrus and Eurocheque cards can be found all over the country in train stations, near banks and shopping area. There is no problem with cashing traveller's cheques at banks or exchange offices. Credit cards are widely accepted, but be sure to ask in advance just in case. Telephone The country code for the Netherlands is 31. Public phone booths usually require a prepaid phone card, which can be purchased at stations, post offices and tourist offices. The phone booths at train stations also accept coins and require a special Telfort phone card, which can be purchased at the stations. Public transport Over 30 bus and tramlines can cater to your travel needs. The HTM office at the Central Train Station can give you all the information you need about routes and frequencies. The "strippenkaart" gives you access to all buses and trams and costs 12,00 guilders for 15 'strips'. Strippenkaarten can be bought at train stations, tourist offices, tobacco shops, or bookshops. The city is divided into transport zones, with standard fares, payable according to the number of zones travelled through. The minimum price is two strips. Add one strip for each zone you cross during your journey. For example: travelling within one zone costs two strips, crossing into a second zone raises the fare to three strips. Unlimited travel and changes are allowed within each zone during a certain time period (specified on the back of the card). If you decide to travel with other people, it is more economical to buy a "group return" for 10 guilders. The group return is a day return fare valid for a maximum of 5 people. It can be bought on all HTM buses and trams. Tourist information For those who have some free time and want to see the sights, there is a lot to see in The Hague and the rest of the Netherlands. Tourist information is best obtained through the tourist offices. The so-called VVV's can be found in The Hague's central train station and in Scheveningen (Geyvers Deynootweg 1134). Information on The Hague can be found at http://www.denhaag.com and information on the Netherlands at http://www.visitholland.com.
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