Manchester Plane Stupid | 13.01.2009 19:21 | Climate Chaos
A copy of one of the slips that police were handing out to the demonstrators
Complete with map of 'designated protest area'
The Northern Climate Rush
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Around 50 climate change activists gathered in Terminal 3 of Manchester Airport last night to protest against airport expansion and domestic flights. The demo mirrored the Climate Rush ‘Dinner at Departures’ protest at Heathrow’s Terminal 1 at the same time. ( http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/manchester/2009/01/418105.html)
There are around 32 flights a day between Manchester and the London hubs, despite the high speed rail connection. ( http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1026945_plea_to_scrap_london_air_link)
The protests at Manchester and Heathrow airports was a follow up to the first Climate Rush on October 13th 2008. ( http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/london/2008/10/410761.html). This date marked the centenary of the Suffragettes’ rush on Parliament to demand women's right to vote.
The protesters dressed in Edwardian period arrived to find Terminal 3 locked down with around 70 police officers, including Forward Intelligence Teams from the Metropolitan police. They were read parts of the Riot Act before entering a ‘designated protest area’.
Former Manchester City Councillor, Vanessa Hall, who attended the Northern Climate Rush said:
“ With the speed of intercity trains there is no longer any just or sensible reason to take domestic flights. All expansion plans, including those at Manchester and Heathrow should be shelved. Passenger numbers at Manchester Airport have been falling for at least the last 6 months.”
She added, “In a time of recession and climate crisis, government money should be spent on improvements to rail, trams, and buses, not on subsidies and infrastructure for the aviation industry.”
Aviation accounts for 13% of UK global warming emissions and is the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gases. Airlines pay no tax on aviation fuel, costing the public purse an estimated £10 billion.
Manchester Airport claims it intends to go carbon neutral by 2015 - but this will not include the emissions from the aeroplanes.