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Protesters Buy Up UK Airport Land

Posted by feww on January 14, 2009

Greenpeace Land Purchase: Campaign ruse or environmental activism?

Anti-expansion protesters bought land earmarked for London Heathrow’s third runway

A coalition of environmentalists have bought land [about 5,000 square meters] in Sipson village, said to be right in the middle of the proposed new terminal for London Heathrow’s 3rd runway. The proposed runway and terminal area would force the demolition of hundreds of homes in the area, reports said.

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Words “our climate – our land” are written on the plot. Source: Greenpeace. Image may be subject to copyright.

The new owners,  a Greenpeace coalition have pledged not to sell the land to the government or the BAA, should the airport expansion be approved by the planning


Source the BBC/BAA.

Greenpeace said: “Heathrow expansion isn’t only an issue for those of us unfortunate enough to live on the flight path. If expansion goes ahead Heathrow will become the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in the whole country. And the government’s plans to expand airports across the UK will make it impossible for us to meet our commitment to reduce emissions and stop runaway climate change.”

FEWW Comments: We hope this is a genuine move by Greenpeace, and not a political stunt [meant to buy them ‘street cred’ and  endear them in the hearts and minds of the new generation of environmental activists,] which was pulled off after BAA and others had already scuppered plans for the third runway because of worsening global economy and a sizable contraction in tourism and  air travel.

More on this story:
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/join-plot-stop-airport-expansion-20090112

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