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Protesters block runway at Scotland’s airport

Posted by feww on March 3, 2009

‘Plane Stupid’ protesters break through Aberdeen airport’s fence to block runway

Plane Stupid climate activists break through the perimeter fence at Aberdeen airport before setting up a barricade on an aircraft taxiway. Photograph: Plane Stupid. Creative Commons License.

Flights at Aberdeen airport one of Scotland’s main airports were disrupted this morning when a dozen protesters from the Plane Stupid campaign group cut through the airport’s perimeter fence at about 02:00 to  protest plans to expand the airport.

Airport operator BAA said flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris had been affected by the climate change activists.  Plane Stupid members locked themselves inside a “wire fortress” on a runway, as two protesters unfurled a banner on the terminal building.

“There have been two cancellations and some flights to and from the airport have been delayed due to the action,” A BAA spokeswoman told reporters.

Plane Stupid environmental activists managed to shut down London’s Stansted Airport for several hours in December 2008.

Protesters were dressed as golfers imitating Donald Trump, the New York property magnet, who is building a $1.5bn golfing resort north of Aberdeen and reportedly supports the airport’s expansion.

Ironically, Donald Trump was forced to resign last week from the board of Trump Entertainment Resorts, just days before the casino company filed for bankruptcy.

A  Plane Stupid members from Edinburgh reportedly said: “We have been failed by the generation of Donald Trump and [Scottish politician] Alex Salmond.

“Despite a catalogue of scientific reports warning them that they can’t keep on with aviation growth, they continue with disregard for all of us who will end up dealing with the impacts of the climate crisis.

“The reality is that our generation’s future is vanishing so that people like Donald Trump and his super-rich friends can jet into Aberdeen for a round of golf.”

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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.

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.

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