Friday, May 25, 2007

spot the difference

camp for climate action announced yesterday that this year's camp's going to be at heathrow. this is their press release:

"This summer thousands of people will gather near Heathrow Airport at this year's Camp for Climate Action for eight days of education, sustainable living and direct action against the root causes of climate change.

Last year's camp was in the shadow of Drax power station, the UK's largest single emitter of carbon dioxide. This year's target is the largest emitter full stop. The effect of Heathrow's planes on the climate is equivalent to 31 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year - more than most countries.

Aviation is the fastest growing source of UK emissions. The camp at Heathrow will oppose the lunacy of the government's airport expansion plans, target industry giants profiteering from the climate crisis, and raise awareness of the need to fly less.

'All our efforts to tackle climate change are undone by operations like Heathrow. It's time to get serious. Instead of expanding airports, we should be talking about closing them,' said Lindsey Harris of the Camp for Climate Action.

Mass direct action will disrupt the activities of the airport and the aviation industry, but in the interests of public safety there will be no attempt to blockade runways.

Ben Davis of the Camp for Climate Action said: 'Governments and corporations are doing the very opposite of what climate science demands. Instead of reducing aviation, they are forcing massive expansion, locking us into increasing emissions. With the camp, we are moving debate and action about climate change away from what's good for growth and the economy to what's good for people and our fragile ecosystems. '

The camp will be a catalyst for the burgeoning network of people who want to take action on climate change and the huge impact of aviation. It is forging links with local residents resisting the building of a third runway and the destruction of their communities and other aviation campaign groups.

The Camp will take place from 14-21 August, near Heathrow airport. The exact location of the site will be announced nearer the time."

the daily hate've taken it upon themselves to, um, translate this....
"Thousands of green campaigners are planning to cause massive disruption at Heathrow airport.
"Eco-warriors" say they will set up a Greenham Common-style protest camp near the perimeter fence.
They intend to use it as a base to disrupt flights at the peak of the tourist season in an attempt to focus attention on climate change and global warming.

At a secret meeting in London at the weekend, protesters said they would occupy land around Heathrow between 14 to 21 August.
From there they will threaten the boundary and attempt to cause havoc inside the airport - or at least tie up hundreds of police.

Protesters at the Camp for Climate Action say they are planning:
• To infiltrate the terminal buildings by posing as passengers and then cause chaos once inside.
• Blockade roads and railways into Heathrow.
• Occupy airline offices and take "direct action" against freight companies and firms that supply food for passengers.

Up to three million passengers could be affected. One anarchist said: "There will be thousands of us there and they will need thousands of police to stop us.

"The police will be in a no-win situation. If they allow us to reach our targets at the airport there will be massive disruption and if they try to stop us, there will also be massive disruption."

The activists, who include veterans of May Day riots and the Reclaim the Streets campaign, were behind a "climate camp" at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire last summer.
More than 650 people took part in that protest, leading to 41 arrests and an estimated policing bill of £4 million.
Details of the Heathrow action will be circulated to anarchist groups at next month's G8 meeting in Germany.
Campaign organisers are understood to be trying to rent land near the airport for the camp from residents who are opposed to the Heathrow expansion plans.

nice journalism.


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