“End Domestic Flights” demos at London City and Manchester Airports

4.9.2010 (Fight the Flights, and SEMA – Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport)

http://www.fighttheflights.com/   – including photos

http://stopmanchesterairport.blogspot.com/  – including photos

Also more photos at   http://www.demotix.com/news/429458/climate-protesters-call-ban-domestic-flights

On Saturday 4th September, campaigners from Manchester and London held a joint
demonstration calling for an end to domestic flights. There are currently around
38 flights per day between Manchester and the London hubs.

The day began with a rally in the morning at London City Airport.


Environmental protesters campaigned for a ban on domestic flights with a protest that started at London City Airport before taking a bus and train to continue at Manchester Airport. London, UK. 04/09/2010

The Campaign Against Climate Change (CCC) demo ‘No to Domestic Flights’ got off
to a wonderful start at London City Airport on Saturday where speakers spoke out
against the expansion of City Airport, domestic flights and the impact on residents
lives and the environment.

Speakers present:Murad Qureshi, Greater London Authority, Darren Johnson, Greater
London Authority, Phil Thornhill, Co-ordinator of CCC, John Stewart of HACAN,
Anne-Marie Griffin of Fight the Flights, Josh from Plane Stupid and Food Not Fuel.  
In addition, Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP for London also sent a letter of support
of the demonstration and of Fight the Flights campaign which was read out at the
event.

This was the first time that cross party politicians and campaigners had stood
together on London City Airport turf with their message against expansion, against
domestic flights. It was a significant day.

Protesters then boarded an open top bus to Euston Station, taking the message
of train not   plane for those domestic trips, through London before boarding the
train to Manchester to join the Stop the Expansion of Manchester Airport group.

Fight the Flights would like to thank the Campaign Against Climate Change team,
and all the speakers for their outstanding contribution and efforts which made
for such a successful event.

Campaigners then travelled through London on an open top bus to Euston where
they boarded a train to Manchester.

They were greeted off the train at Manchester Picadilly by a group of Manchester
campaigners with placards and banners reading, “Trains Not Planes” as well as
“Railways Not Runways”.


They then joined a larger rally at Terminal 3 of Manchester Airport. Councillor
Martin Eakins, Amanda Walters from Manchester Plane Stupid, Phil Thornhill from
Campaign against Climate Change, John Stewart from Airportwatch and local Hasty
Lane resident Peter Johnson all spoke about different airport expansion issues
– including climate change, jobs, direct action and effects on local communities.


Greeting the London campaigners at Manchester Picadilly train station

Speaking before the event, Phil Thornhill from Campaign against Climate Change
said "As unprecedented flooding devastates Pakistan,record temperatures stoke
raging wildfires around Moscow and torrential downpours cause landslides that
kill thousands in China – its time we got serious about the escalating threat
from climate change before its too late. Aviation symbolises the high-emission
lifestyles of the developed world that are threatening billions, especially in
the most vuLnerable communities, around the world. We can start to get to grips
with the growth in aviation by eliminating the shorter journeys that can be made
in other, less carbon intensive, ways."

Councillor Martin Eakins said, "Aviation from Manchester Airport contributes
more greenhouse gasses than all other polluters put together in Manchester. Reducing
our carbon output by ending domestic flights would go a long way to making our
city environmentally sustainable."

After the rally, the group headed to Hasty Lane for some fruit picking with the
Abundance Project followed ba an evening party. The fruit was donated to a local
community centre in Wythenshawe – showing what positive contributions Hasty Lane
can make to the area without being turned into cargo sheds.

 

 

 

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Climate activism: is the trial more important than the protest?

26.8.2010 (The Ecologist – News Analysis)

by Andrew Hickman

As nine climate change activists are fined by a Scottish judge for breaking into
Aberdeen airport, we look at how courtroom manoeuvres form a crucial part of the
package

 

They came in the night, wielding plastic golf clubs and D-locks, playing mini-golf
on the tarmac of Aberdeen airport before locking themselves to a barricade to
disrupt the morning’s flights.

The climate activists were aiming to draw attention to the airport’s planned expansion and the building of a £750m golf resort nearby which would increase international
flights.

Their protest back in March 2010 came to an end after five hours when they were
told by police that their actions were endangering an emergency helicopter flight
to help a critically-ill baby.

This was disproved during the subsequent trial at Aberdeen Sherriffs Court, but
the group’s members, who call themselves the ‘Climate 9’, were convicted of the Scottish crime of ‘breach of the peace’. They were handed
fines ranging from £300 to £700 each.

Kingsnorth success

It was a different outcome than the 2008 English case of the ‘Kingsnorth Six’,
where the defendants successfully argued that the shutting down and painting of
‘Gordon’ onto the cooling stack of a coal fired power station in Kent had ‘lawful
excuse’ because of damage caused to the planet by carbon dioxide emissions.

That verdict was heralded as a turning point by environmentalists, but the Aberdeen
airport verdict suggests juries will still hold activists to account for damage
or losses caused as a result of their actions.

Unlike in the Kingsnorth case, the defence of ‘lawful excuse’ was not available
to the Aberdeen defendants. Instead their lawyers argued ‘necessity’ – a defence
which is seen as harder to win.

The fact the lives of members of the public were disrupted may have also reduced
the chances of the Aberdeen airport defendants being acquitted, according to one
of the Kingsnorth Six.

‘It’s common sense that it’s easier to persuade the public of the validity of
the action if the public aren’t inconvenienced. In the Kingsnorth action, it was
a power station behind a large fence belonging to a big company. The public weren’t
adversely affected,’ said Ben Stewart, one of the activists who scaled the 220
meter high tower at the Kingsnorth power station in 2007.



Is prison a deterrent?

For the Aberdeen airport defendants, sentencing guidelines dictate they could
have received up to five years in jail. In the end they were given only modest
fines, but one of those convicted in the case, Dan Glass, says harsher punishments
won’t dissuade activists from similar actions in the future.

‘The more people see the wings of state trying to put us away while scientists
support what we’re doing, the more we will see civil disobedience in the face
of government failure on climate change,’ said Glass.

Evidence from the US appears to support Glass’ argument.

‘If you look at the example of high profile activists in the US, such as Rod
Coronado, who was put behind bars for disrupting the hunting of mountain lions,
his imprisonment had a mobilising rather than a demobilsing effect,’ said Lesley
Wood, Profesor of Sociology at York University in Toronto.

As Richard George, co-founder of the environmental activist group Plane Stupid,
puts it: ‘Some people are put off, but far more are pissed off and galvanised
into activity.’

But activist Ben Stewart believes fewer people may consider environmental direct
action if the sentences become harsher.

‘Most people that do these things are normal people, with the same financial
and work constraints as anyone else. It’s extremely difficult to throw caution
to the wind and say you’ll take whatever they give you. But if you give a prison
sentence to direct activists, you make martyrs of them – the courts are mindful
of this,’ said Stewart.



Using the courts for publicity




In the case of the Aberdeen airport protest, the court hearing formed the more
significant part of the nine climate activist’s campaign. Having rebranded themselves
as the ‘Climate 9’, they set up a website featuring commentary on the case and
a forum where they received hundreds of messages of support.

 

‘Before we stepped on the runway, we knew that the court case would be a significant
part of our action,’ said Glass.

‘By campaigning around the court case, we made allegiances with a huge number
of groups that don’t usually campaign on environmental issues.

‘One of our supporters is the Church of Scotland, who acknowledged that breaking
the law was legitimate in our situation.’

The court case also provided a forum in which government environment policy was
scrutinised.

Dr. Alice Bows, lecturer in Energy and Climate Change at Manchester University,
and retired lecturer and UN advisor Dr. Geoff Meaden, both of whom gave evidence
in the Kingsnorth trial, gave a damning opinion of the UK Government response
to climate change.

Dr. Meaden said Plane Stupid, whose members were involved in the protest, ‘must
take every opportunity to bring the urgency of climate change to the public attention.’



Police tactics criticised



During the trial, jurors also heard how police officers had misled protestors
to believe that they were endangering the life of a critically ill baby.

‘This doesn’t help change people’s perception that the police can be unscrupulous
and heavy-handed in their dealings with environmental protestors,’ said Glass.

‘It just shows the lengths that the state is prepared to go to to stop us from
having our voices heard,’ he added.

The National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), which collects information
on suspected extremists, acknowledges that environmentalists now feature highly
in their intelligence gathering and say that it is sometimes necessary to hold
informtion on lawful protesters ‘to make effective risk assessments in the future.’

Last year, NETCU intelligence led to the arrest of 114 environmental protesters
believed to be planning a direct action protest at a coal fire power station near
Nottingham.



Nottingham court case

Glass, who took part in this action, is one of 26 who are now due to stand trial
in November. But far from dreading the hearing, he and the other defendants are
busy deciding on how to make the most of their court appearance.

‘We’re currently holding meetings on how best to campaign around the trial and
how to use it to highlight the impact of the Ratcliffe power station,’ said Glass.

‘It’s also an opportunity to draw attention to the way police gather intelligence
on activists,’ he added.

Glass and other activists believe the public would be dismayed to see an environmental
protester imprisoned for an action that posed no risk to human life and, in the
case of the Ratcliffe Power Station protest, hasn’t even happened yet.

‘We’re torn. Obviously we don’t want to go to jail but we recognise that a prison
sentence would be extremely significant and would highlight the contradictions
of the UK’s environmental policy,’ said Glass.

‘I’m more than ready to go to prison; in many ways it could be a great thing,’
he added.

 

Andrew Hickman is a freelance journalist

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/572294/climate_activism_is_the_trial_more_important_than_the_protest.html

 

 

see also from the Ecologist

Scottish climate activists in the dock hope to set legal precedent

14.6.2010

 

 

and

Climate 9: Found guilty of breach of the peace at Aberdeen Airport


The Climate 9 have been found guilty of breach of the peace. More serious charges
of vandalism were dropped. The charges were significantly reduced over the course
of the 2 week trial. Sentence was deferred until August. The protesters were campaigning
against any expansion of the airport, claiming it would lead to more harmful carbon
emissions. The 9 are celebrating their victory in showing that peaceful protest
is a necessary and legitimate way to take the action needed on climate change.    
25.6.2010   More …..

 

and

a series of articles about the Climate 9 trial under Latest News, Publicity and Politics

and

 

Aberdeen Climate 9 trial – for invasion of runway in 2009 – hope to set precedent

Date Added: 14th June 2010

The trial of the 9 activists who invaded the runway at Aberdeen in March 2009
has started in Aberdeen. Their action was designed to stop carbon emissions from
aviation and to highlight the links between Donald Trump’s planned hotel and golf
course complex and the expansion of Aberdeen airport. The Climate 9 are arguing
the defence of necessity. They argue that their actions were justified because
they were trying to prevent runaway climate change.

Click here to view full story…



 

Aberdeen Climate9 trial starts on 14th June

Date Added: 8th June 2010

The Climate9’s trial starts in Aberdeen on 14th June. The 9 are charged with
vandalism and breach of the peace. Their defence, at the most important climate
change trial ever in Scotland, will be that they committed a smaller crime, in
order to prevent a larger one. That was the defence that won the case for the
Kingsnorth Six in ~September 2008. You can send the Climate9 a message of support,
or read the dozens from around the world.

Click here to view full story…

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Yes, we broke the law as climate change activists. And this is why. Dan Glass

25.8.2010 (Guardian Comment)

By Dan Glass

We’re not terrorists, we’re people who believe delivering our message on climate
change is worth being charged and fined

In June 2010, nine climate change activists who had broken into Aberdeen airport in protest against the soaring CO2 emissions caused by aviation were convicted of a breach of the peace. On 25
August, after taking our urgent message on climate change seriously, the judge
and court imposed on us
very modest fines, ranging from £300 to £700 each and adding up to a total of £4,000- £5,000. This
was the first climate trial in Scotland’s history. Here’s why it’s unlikely to
be the last.

Like the Greenpeace protesters who occupied Kingsnorth power station three years ago, we argued that any crimes we committed paled in comparison
to runaway climate change.

Like them, we aren’t robbers, kidnappers or terrorists. We are secretaries, parents,
cooks, community workers, architects and saxophonists. We are part of a growing
movement of concerned citizens who are prepared to put our bodies in the way of
dangerous high-carbon developments.

We do so because we believe this is justified, proportionate and necessary in
the face of catastrophic climate change, and that the negative consequences of
our actions are more purposeful than the consequences of continued inaction. Sometimes,
we believe, we have to break the law to disrupt lawful activities that are harming
the prospects of future generations.

As Michael Mansfield QC, one of Britain’s best-known defence barristers, said
two days in advance of the sentencing at Aberdeen crown court: “As I write, one
fifth of Pakistan, already blighted by earthquakes, is covered with flood waters
threatening the health and safety of over six million people. Without conscientious
and principled protest which focuses on the undoubted factors which contribute
to this decimation of the environment, the urgency of the problem will not be
addressed. I trust these entirely legitimate and selfless objectives will be reflected
in the way the Climate 9 are judged by the court.”

But why, or rather how, do we justify lawbreaking? To understand our activities,
we have to look at the context in which they took place. Despite
recent pronouncements on Heathrow and Stansted, aviation remains the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions in the UK. The courts recently ruled that the government’s aviation white paper
was incompatible with the UK’s climate change targets. Meanwhile the committee
on climate change’s warning that we’re on course to miss those CO2 targets was met with colossal indifference by ministers keener on slashing public
spending than on cleaning up after themselves and their chums in the City.

Geoff Meaden, an expert in biogeography and coastal hazards, outlined to the
court the impact climate change will have on the global south. It’s all right
for us to talk about building coastal barriers and moving food production to more
clement locations; people in Bangladesh and the Maldives don’t have that luxury.
Individuals with the lowest carbon impact will bear the brunt of the emissions
from the UK’s carbon-intensive infrastructure.

It’s not just the inequity of greenhouse gas emissions; it’s about who profits
from our careless attitude towards the environment and biodiversity. But here,
as across the world, people are coming together to fight back.

The Scottish legal system defines breach of the peace as activities “causing
fear and alarm to the ordinary and reasonable person, and which threatens serious
disturbance to the community”.

I can’t think of a better way to describe climate change. Interestingly, this
has a caveat attached: the disturbance must be “serious and threatening enough
for community to take the law into their own hands”. By the time the state understands
that climate change is increasingly urgent, manmade and that humanity cannot wait
until 2050 to
realise we have missed the targets, concerned people will be taking action, not out of retribution but out of a
considered sense of duty and concern.

At this critical point in human history, civil disobedience is not just a good
idea. It is vital. While Westminster and Holyrood dither, concerned citizens will
keep coming together to forge their own solutions

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/aug/25/climate-change-activists-broke-law

 

see also

 

Climate activism: is the trial more important than the protest?

Date Added: 26th August 2010

The Ecologist’s analysis of the Climate 9 trial suggests that the courtroom manoeuvres
form a crucial part of the package. The Aberdeen airport defendants were given
only modest fines. It seems activists may only be more highly motivated by stiffer
sentences. Modern, savvy campaigners know the trial is a significant part of the
whole protest. Campaigning around the trial enabled the group to make links to
a wide range of organisations, even including the Church

Click here to view full story…



 

Aberdeen Climate 9 remain defiant after Court sentence of only small fines

Date Added: 25th August 2010

The 9 Plane Stupid protesters who shut down Aberdeen airport on March 3rd 2009
appeared in court today to finally receive their sentences, from the earlier verdict
of guilty to charges of Breach of the Peace. The judge and court took the protesters’
urgent message on climate change seriously and gave out very modest fines ranging
from £300 to £700 each adding up to a total cost of around £4000 – £5000. Work
continues on raising awareness of the climate theat.

Click here to view full story…



 

Climate 9: Found guilty of breach of the peace at Aberdeen Airport

Date Added: 25th June 2010

The Climate 9 have been found guilty of breach of the peace. More serious charges
of vandalism were dropped. The charges were significantly reduced over the course
of the 2 week trial. Sentence was deferred until August. The protesters were campaigning
against any expansion of the airport, claiming it would lead to more harmful carbon
emissions. The 9 are celebrating their victory in showing that peaceful protest
is a necessary and legitimate way to take the action needed on climate change.

Click here to view full story…

 

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Aberdeen Climate 9 remain defiant after Court sentence of only small fines

25/08/2010   (Climate 9 press release)
 
Nine Plane Stupid protesters who shut down Aberdeen airport on the morning of
March 3rd 2009 appeared in court today to finally receive their sentences. The
judge and court took the protesters’ urgent message on climate change seriously
and gave out very modest fines ranging from £300 to £700 each adding up to a total
cost of around £4000 – £5000.

Crowds of activists, local supporters and press gathered outside Aberdeen Sheriff
Court at 10am for the sentencing hearing of the Climate 9, the group recently
found guilty of Breach of the Peace for occupying the city’s airport last year.
During the two week trial in June, expert witnesses explained how aviation emissions
are fuelling climate change and detailed some of the local effects, including
flooding impacts.

In anticipation of the sentencing one of the trial’s expert witnesses Dr Geoff
Meaden said:

"Society’s problem is that, other than through civil disobedience, there are
often no legitimate means of getting governments (at any level) to ‘act correctly’
or to act in the best long term interests of people, environments or indeed the
planet. In the absence of such a ‘jury’ or ‘commission’, then we have to be glad
that there are groups such as Climate9 who are bold enough to bring to the public’s
attention existing injustices."

Since the trial the group has also received support from communities around the
world, suffering from climate change effects, with commitment to keep the 9 active
in taking action to stop runaway climate change. The group have vowed to continue
their campaign highlighting the danger of aviation carbon emissions.

Dan Glass, one of the Climate9 members said:

“Against the backdrop of the Copenhagen Summit failures and new waves of climate
chaos, all over the world people demanding climate justice have complained to
the politicians and to the judges. It’s time we did something for ourselves. The
Climate9 will not uphold increasing state and police repression and camouflage
the struggle that is climate injustice. The Climate9 provide an opportunity to
spread the need for urgent action, to halt airport growth and to challenge the
authorities with pride and confidence. Whatever we received today, this climate
court trial won’t be the last time. Our future and the health of every species
is too important to leave it in the hands of the few."

One such group is The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland who passed this
in the AGM in response to the Climate9 movement.

“Affirm that there are times when non violent direct action   involving potential
and actual civil disobedience in the form of deliberate lawbreaking, may be regarded
as a legitimate approach to expressing the Gospel.”  

2 days before sentencing one of Britain’s best-known defence barristers also
threw his weight behind the Climate9 before they were due to be sentenced in Aberdeen
Crown Court.   Michael Mansfield QC said:

 "As I write one fifth of Pakistan, already blighted by earthquakes, is covered
with flood waters threatening the health and safety of over six million people.
Without conscientious and principled protest which focuses on the undoubted factors
which contribute to this decimation of the environment, the urgency of the problem
will not be addressed. I trust these entirely legitimate and selfless objectives
will be reflected in the way the Climate 9 are judged by the court.”

Jimmy Kerr, one of the Climate9 members said:

"The trial generated public support from many corners keeping up the pressure
on the legal system to one day recognise the importance of environmental action.
Indeed we need to keep that momentum up. There is so much knowledge to be shared
as a result of this case, from and legal issues, to public health to popular education
and much much more. We can offer talks, workshops or advice and you can help by
arranging an event and inviting us to take part."

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

(1) Michael Mansfield QC’s full statement is “There is an environmental clock
ticking towards irretrievable global disaster for future generations – it is nothing
less than a breach of world peace on a massive scale. Political summits like Kyoto
and Copenhagen can’t even agree satisfactory targets let alone effect implementation.
As a consequence individual and collective action to curtail our destructive footprints
is a categorical and immediate imperative for everyone. Remaining silent or doing
nothing are not options. As I write one fifth of Pakistan, already blighted by
earthquakes, is covered with flood waters threatening the health and safety of
over six million people. Without conscientious and principled protest which focuses
on the undoubted factors which contribute to this decimation of the environment,
the urgency of the problem will not be addressed. I trust these entirely legitimate
and selfless objectives will be reflected in the way the Climate 9 are judged
by the court.”

For all the Climate9 statements of support please see (http://www.climate9.com/statements-of-support/)

Interviews with key witnesses and the 9 available throughout this week



Other relevant links

Climate 9
http://www.climate9.com

Plane Stupid http://www.planestupid.com

Recent coverage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/23/uk-emission-cuts-airport-protest-trial

Aberdeen Action http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7924952.stm

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=3230

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7924952.stm

 

see also

 

Yes, we broke the law as climate change activists. And this is why. Dan Glass

 26th August 2010           Dan Glass, one of the Climate9, writing in the Guardian, says the group are not
“terrorists” but people who believe delivering their message on climate change
is worth being charged and fined. The Climate9 are ordinary people, but part of
a growing movement of concerned citizens prepared to put their bodies in the way
of dangerous high-carbon developments – and know this is justified, proportionate
and necessary in the face of catastrophic climate change.       Click here to view full story…

 

see also

Climate 9: Found guilty of breach of the peace at Aberdeen Airport

 

The Climate 9 have been found guilty of breach of the peace. More serious charges
of vandalism were dropped. The charges were significantly reduced over the course
of the 2 week trial. Sentence was deferred until August. The protesters were campaigning
against any expansion of the airport, claiming it would lead to more harmful carbon
emissions. The 9 are celebrating their victory in showing that peaceful protest
is a necessary and legitimate way to take the action needed on climate change.    
25.6.2010   More …..

 
 

 

 

see also

 

 

Climate activism: is the trial more important than the protest?   (Ecologist)

Date Added: 26th August 2010

The Ecologist’s analysis of the Climate 9 trial suggests that the courtroom manoeuvres
form a crucial part of the package. The Aberdeen airport defendants were given
only modest fines. It seems activists may only be more highly motivated by stiffer
sentences. Modern, savvy campaigners know the trial is a significant part of the
whole protest. Campaigning around the trial enabled the group to make links to
a wide range of organisations, even including the Church

Click here to view full story…

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Climate 9: Found guilty of breach of the peace at Aberdeen Airport

25.6.2010 (BBC)

Nine guilty of Plane Stupid protest at Aberdeen Airport

Nine climate change protesters have been convicted by a jury after causing disruption
at Aberdeen Airport.

The trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court followed an incident at the airport in March
2009 involving a group called Plane Stupid.

Flights were disrupted before police moved in and made arrests.

The nine, from across the country, had denied breach of the peace. Sentence was deferred until August.

Seven were detained on an airport taxiway five hours after the protest began.
Two others, who had been on the roof of the main terminal building, were detained
shortly after.

The defendants were Mark Andrews, 26, from Edinburgh; William Boggia, 44, from
Ballater, Aberdeenshire; Matilda Gifford, 25, Daniel Glass, 26, Emilia Karwowska,
20, Jonathan Agnew, 24, and Josephine Hanson, 25, all from Glasgow; James Kerr,
35, from Paisley, Renfrewshire; and Katherine Mackay, 21, from Shipley, West Yorkshire.

The protesters were campaigning against any expansion of the airport, claiming
it would lead to more harmful carbon emissions.

‘Strong message’

A handful of 350 flights scheduled for the day were affected.   Flights to Heathrow, Paris and Amsterdam were among those delayed.

The group eventually ended their action after police said the protest had delayed
a private air ambulance taking off.  
However, Gama Aviation Ltd had told the jury it was an “operational delay” caused
by medics.

An Aberdeen Airport spokesperson said after the verdicts: “This sends out a strong
message that the actions of these individuals was not acceptable.

“We fully accept people’s right to object to issues such as climate change, and
to make their voices heard.

“Demonstrating in this manner however was irresponsible, had the airport not
taken prompt action to by closing the flying operation someone could have been
seriously hurt.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10417813.stm

 

see also

 

Climate 9 press release:

25.6.2010

Climate 9 celebrate court victory despite guilty verdict

Nine protesters who shut down Aberdeen airport in March last year have been found
guilty of breach of the peace. The charges were significantly reduced over the
course of the two week trial, with all vandalism charges being dropped.

The jury in Aberdeen- the oil capital of Europe, were the first to hear evidence
from climate scientists on the need for action since the failure of the Copenhagen
talks1

The nine are celebrating their victory in showing that peaceful protest is a
necessary and legitimate way to take the action needed on climate change. Expert
witnesses gave evidence on the desperate need for more radical emissions targets
and called for the actions of ordinary people to prevent greenhouse gas emissions
before its too late. These statements were unchallenged by the procurator fiscal
after Judge Colin Harris referred to the overwhelming scientific agreement that
climate change is anthropogenic2.

Dr Geoff Meaden, expert in biogeography and coastal hazards, who was also a key
witness3 in Greenpeace’s precedent Kingsnorth6 case4, decried government inaction;

"At present I see little evidence that governments at all levels are taking sufficient
action on climate change. Therefore, like those who have committed civil disobedience
in the past I believe that groups such as Plane Stupid must take every opportunity
to bring the urgency of climate change to the public attention."

The court watched video evidence from the protest in which defendant Dan Glass
stated;

"This is not a media stunt, this is about stopping carbon emissions. We want
to close the airport for as long as possible; to stop C02 emissions as they are
dangerous; to stop airport expansion; to highlight the social disparity between
those who cause the problems and those who suffer the impacts."

In the face of trumped up charges by the state, which barrister Frank Gallagher
described as ‘complete and utter overkill’ the nine defendants have received statements
of support from all over the world. These included documentary film-maker John
Pilger, villagers displaced by climate induced flooding in India, faith leaders,
public health experts, grandparents, and most recently from Michael Mansfield
QC.

Speaking after the trial, another of defendants Tilly Gifford said:

"We set out to show in court that policies such as the aviation white paper contradict
what the science demands. Now that the court has heard expert witnesses testify
to the imperative need to cut emissions, they are mandated to prosecute the real
criminals, the corporations who are profiting from polluting."

Ends.

 


Notes to Editor:

Climate 9 http://www.climate9.com

Plane Stupid http://www.planestupid.com

Recent coverage: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/23/uk-emission-cuts-airport-protest-trial


Aberdeen Action

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7924952.stm

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=3230

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7924952.stm

For more information and interviews contact

Pressclimate9@gmail.com

Press team: 07535 147478

1.   And the first even in Scotland.

2.   The judge referred to the radio 4 Today programme of 22nd June in which it
was stated that 98% of scientists agree that climate change is anthropogenically
caused.

3.   The court also heard from Dr Alice Bows, top climate scientist from University
of Manchester.

4.   The Kingsnorth6 were acquitted in Kent in 2008 when they argued that their
occupation of a coal power station had ‘lawful excuse’ as they prevented a higher
crime to humanity through carbon emissions.

See http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/11/activists.kingsnorthclimatecamp

 

 

 

see also

 

From the Plane Stupid website:

Last year the Climate 9 stopped tonnes of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions
by disrupting operations at Aberdeen Airport. After deliberating for 4 hours,
the jury in Aberdeen- the ‘oil capital of Europe’, found them all guilty of breach
of the peace. They will be sentenced in August.


The court of international opinion has come to a slightly different verdict,
with messages of support flooding in from those on the frontline of climate change
and comenaters like John Pilger and Mike Mansfield QC.

This is the first time since the failure of the Copenhagen process that evidene
of the dangers of climate change and aviation emissions have been presented by
climate experts to a jury.

Speaking during the trial, expert witnesses Dr Alice Bows and Dr Geoff Meaden
shocked many by explaining that the UK governements emissions targets are not
radical enough to prevent future generations from experiencing catastrophic events.
Like the flooding in Brazil this week, where 100,000 people have been made homeless,
1,000 peoplle are missing and at least 42 people sadly lost their lives.

These horrific events are why we must continue to take action to stop greenhouse
gas emmissions, especially when the response from the government is woefully inadequate.

As one of the defendants, Jimmy, explained outside the court:

“While they talk, and nothing changes, people all over the world are starting
to act. Even if it means standing up against the states use of legal intimidation.
This verdict shows that the mechanisms of the establishment won’t stop run away
climate change. The expert witnessess have shown that we must take effective action,
the protest at Aberdeen has shown that we can.”

http://www.planestupid.com/

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also
 a very negative and hostile report from the Aberdeen Press & Journal
 

Airport climate protesters defiant after guilty verdict


Nine convicted of causing disruption to flights at Aberdeen

By Stacey Horne

Published: 26/06/2010
 
Nine climate-change protesters were convicted yesterday of disrupting a busy
airport – then left court insisting they were not criminals.
They claimed their campaign had made "significant progress" and even urged the
authorities to prosecute companies that were "profiting from pollution".
The Plane Stupid protesters – known as the Climate 9 – had been on trial accused
of forcing the closure of Aberdeen Airport in March last year, prevented an aircraft
from landing and taking off and putting people in a state of fear and alarm.
They could not hide their disappointment when the jury of six women and nine
men found them guilty of breach of the peace after deliberating for four hours.
The nine – Mark Andrews, William Boggia, Matilda Gifford, Daniel Glass, Emilia
Karwowska, James Kerr, Katherine MacKay, Jonathan Agnew and Josephine Hanson –
will be sentenced in August.
Glass said the group had received a lot of support from throughout the world
and that the 10-day trial had had the effect of "pushing the goalposts" on recognition
by the government and legal system of the impact of climate change.
He said: "They took hours to deliberate on it so it obviously was not a clear-cut
decision.
"My concern is that, if the courts and the government are delegitimising peaceful
action, then what other course of action do we have?
"If we do not support people who are affected by climate change in a peaceful
way, then I think there will be many questions asked in years to come."
Kerr said after the trial: "The law may have found us guilty of breach of the
peace but in the court of public opinion we have received overwhelming support.
Our governments are failing to act.
"The fact is that action needs to be taken. People need to take this action to
stop numerous emissions.
"We have been found guilty of breach of the peace but we do not think of ourselves
as criminals. We have taken action to prevent climate change."
Gifford said: "Now that the court has heard expert witnesses testify to the imperative
need to cut emissions, they are mandated to prosecute the real criminals, the
corporations who are profiting from polluting."
Boggia, 44, of Abergeldie Cottage, Ballater; Andrews, 26, of 33 Panmure Place,
Edinburgh; Gifford, 26, of 108 Wilton Street, Glasgow; Glass, 26, of 1 Willowbank
Street, Glasgow; Karwowska, 20, of 40 West End Park Street, Glasgow; Agnew, 24,
of 958 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow; Hanson, 25, of 40 West End Park Street, Glasgow;
Kerr, 35, of 27 Newton Street, Paisley; and MacKay, 21, of 36 Birklands Road,
Shipley, Yorkshire, had all denied of breaking the peace.
The nine had been charged originally with destroying or damaging airport property
by cutting open a section of the perimeter fence but that charge – which they
denied – was dropped last week.
Two of the protesters, Agnew and Hanson, were also charged originally with destroying
roof panels, but that charge was also dropped.
Fiscal depute Alan Townsend asked yesterday for a hearing to discuss the financial
loss the protest had caused – a sum he put at over £100,000 because of cancelled
and delayed flights.
An Aberdeen Airport spokesman said of the verdict: "This sends out a strong message
that the actions of these individuals were not acceptable.
"We fully accept people’s right to object to issues such as climate change and
to make their voices heard. Demonstrating in this manner, however, was irresponsible.
"Had the airport not taken prompt action by closing the flying operation, someone
could have been seriously hurt.
"Our passengers were greatly inconvenienced during this incident and we remain
grateful to them for their support. The hope is that we can now move on from this."
Sheriff Colin Harris accepted a motion to confiscate items that had been used
as evidence, including pliers and wire cutters, and deferred sentence until August
25.
 
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Climate9: Day 9. Reflections on the Trial – Last day tomorrow

24.6.2010 (UK Indymedia)


 Climate scientists have expressed that the UK government’s emission targets are
not radical enough to a criminal for the first time in a Scottish court this week.
Vandalism charges have been dropped. Hear it from the defendants in written update
and come and support tomorrow!

Very likely to get jury verdict tomorrow for nine defendants on trial for shutting
down Aberdeen airport last March. for more background info check www.climate9.com

Come down to Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Union St, Aberdeen for 10am to show support.
Would be brilliant to see you there!

Reflections from last 2 weeks:

After 15 months on bail preparing and 9 incredibly intense days in the courtroom
it is surreal to be so close to the end. Tomorrow leaves only the Judge’s instructions
to the jury and then their deliberations and verdict.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the 9 of us, we’ve had some hard decisions
to make but also lots of victories along the way. The biggest of which is the
strength our group has managed to sustain and the massive support that we’ve received.

The first day was mainly taken up with waiting about and the selection of the
jury. It was weird for the 9 of us, most not having spent much time in a court
room, getting used to the hierarchies (even down to the different comfort factor
of the chairs people get to sit on!) and language used.

The prosecution case took 6 days, some of which was fabulously interesting and
some mind numbingly boring. The court heard from police officers, security guards,
airport staff and managers including that of the air ambulance service. We saw
the video of the action; pictures of the banners and wire fortress; lots of pieces
of evidence including plastic golf clubs, home-made golf balls with inscriptions
of places affected by climate change like ‘Sipson’ ‘Aberdeen’ and ‘rainforests’
on them and various pieces of golfing clothes.

It was great to see the faces of the jury change as they got a better picture
of what the action was and who we are as people.  It was stated again and again
by the prosecution witnesses that we were "peaceful" and "polite" confounding
preconceptions of who would normally be tried by a jury.

Our first big win came in the form of Stephen Wright from GAMA aviation who manages
the air ambulance flights at Aberdeen. After all the stresses at the time of the
action, and the bad press that followed, it was great to have it confirmed by
Wright that the delay to the ‘baby flight’ "was due to our operational delay by
the medics and not the protestors. This incident has had no financial or life
threatening or operational impact on our operation."

However the biggest win of all came from the legal discussions around the relevancy
of our witnesses. We won the right to have our climate defence experts heard as
our defence. This is the first time in Scotland that a Jury has been allowed to
hear a climate defence. AMAZING! On the same day all 9 were acquitted of the vandalism
charge due to insufficient evidence.

A real high point of the whole experience and a good reminder of why we were
there was when our experts got to speak. Doctor Geoff Meaden spoke first, expert
on flooding and sea level rises, talking articulately about the real effects of
climate change happening now and the imminent climate catastrophe if we continue
as we are. Dr. Meaden also successfully managed to bring the effects of climate
change home to Aberdeenshire, speaking about unprecedented flooding frequency
near Elgin (at which point the jury were scribbling their notes furiously) Alice
Bows spoke next, honestly and convincingly, and made the connection between Aviation
and climate change indisputable. Some of her points about the Climate Change Bill’s
targets were shocking. She told the court that even if we met the climate target
of 80% reduction by 2050 we still only have a 50-50 chance of avoiding "dangerous
climate change". Scary but motiving to say the least.

Unfortunately with our defence starting came some massively hard decisions. We
all had strong and varying opinions and 9 advocates chewing our ears off too.
We had to decide if we were going to call the last two of our climate experts
and whether we, as the accused, would speak.

They were both difficult decisions to make as a group but consensus worked for
us and allowed us to come out the other side alive and black-eye free. We decided
due to logistical reasons and advice from our Advocates that we wouldn’t call
the last two witnesses Jenny Griffiths and Tim Jones (the judge had already said
Patrick Harvey MSP and convener of the climate change committee was not relevant)

However, the hardest decision was definitely about speaking ourselves. We felt
torn between wanting to participate in our own trial and explain our motivations
and the risks we faced through cross examination. In the end we decided not to
stand as witnesses, to keep the focus on the real problem of climate change instead
of getting dragged into talking about the technicalities of the alleged offence.

The closing speeches by our advocates took all day today, eclipsing the feeble
attempt to criminalise us by the prosecution. They spoke about right to protest,
the necessity of civil disobedience, the disproportionate response of the state
to our actions and climate change as an indisputable fact in court. The jury seemed
interested throughout lets hope they took some of it on board.

The biggest thing that hit us was the dichotomy between the archaic legal system
and the reality of why we were there. Sitting in a court room listening to seemingly
insignificant legal technicalities when we know the severity of the situation,
doesn’t make sense. By 2050 it is predicted that 50% of current species on the
planet will be extinct due to inability to adapt to rapid climate changes. What
a messed up world we live in, and exactly why we must take action now.

It has been a massive learning curve, we hope to pass on the knowledge. Fingers
crossed for tomorrow!

https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/06/454282.html

 

 

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Climate9 trial: UK emission cuts ‘not radical enough’, airport protest trial told

23.6.2010 (Guardian)


Climate scientist giving evidence for the Plane Stupid defence says 80% target
will not prevent ‘dangerous’ climate change

by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent

Government plans to cut UK carbon emissions by 80% over the next 40 years are
not radical enough to prevent “dangerous” climate change, a trial of nine climate
protesters heard today.

The climate scientist Dr Alice Bows, a specialist from the Tyndall centre for
climate change research, also told a jury that the growth in aviation was a “big
issue” because its emissions caused particular harm at higher altitude.

Bows was giving evidence for the defence at the trial of nine members of the
Plane Stupid protest group, who were facing breach of the peace and vandalism
charges for occupying Aberdeen airport and disrupting flights in March last year.

The jury at Aberdeen sheriff court heard yesterday that the vandalism charges against all nine accused – five men and four women – had been
dropped by the prosecution because of insufficient evidence.

Bows, who has a PhD in atmospheric physics, said the Scottish government’s climate
change programme, which seeks to cut emissions by up to 40% by 2020 and 80% by
2050, was “welcome” but not enough. The UK government has a similar 2050 target.

“That’s a very big challenge but not high enough,” she said. “If we want to have
a chance of avoiding climate change, our emission reductions would have to be
more. “If we achieve the short term and the 80% target, we have a 50-50 chance
of avoiding dangerous climate change. The later you leave it, the harder it gets.”

Bows added that the aviation industry was of particular concern.

“Condensation trails, or the white trails, are also causing climate warming.
On a UK basis, air travel contributes 6% of carbon dioxide emissions. If you compare
that to other sectors, it’s quite a significant contribution,” she said.

“The big issue with aviation is the level of growth. The UK has a high level
of emissions compared to the rest of the world.”

Finding and introducing a greener alternative to kerosene could take between
30 and 50 years to develop. She said: “There would be certain people, certain
sectors of society, you might want to encourage to fly less.”

Dr Geoff Meaden, a geographer who gave evidence at the trial of the Kingsnorth
power station climate protesters, said rising temperatures due to climate change
were already affecting weather patterns in the north-east of Scotland.

While sea level rises and hotter summers were hitting southern Britain, flooding
was becoming a particular problem in the Aberdeen area. “In a period of six years,
there were three major floods in the Elgin and Lossiemouth areas and these were
unprecedented,” he said.

“If we look back at the historical records, we have not seen that frequency in
the past – it was a one in a 200-year event. It can be avoided if sufficient and
urgent action is taken. There has to be a different outlook on energy production.
We have to stop burning fossil fuel. That’s the one major thing we can do.”

The nine defendants, Dan Glass, 25, Emilia Kawowska, 19, Tilly Gifford, 24, Josie
Hanson, 25, and Jonathan Agnew, 22, all from Glasgow, Mark Andrews, 25, from Edinburgh,
James Kerr, 34, from Paisley, William Boggia, 43, from Ballater, Aberdeenshire,
and Kate Mackay, 20, from Shipley, West Yorkshire, all deny the charges.

The trial continues today.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/23/uk-emission-cuts-airport-protest-trial

 

see also

BBC

Airport trial told carbon emissions cuts ‘not enough’

Plans to dramatically cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 are not high enough
to prevent “dangerous” climate change, an expert has claimed.

Dr Alice Bows made the warning while appearing for the defence in the trial of
nine people alleged to have caused major disruption at Aberdeen Airport.

She said the aviation industry caused particular harm to the environment.

The trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court follows an incident at the airport in March
2009.

A group called Plane Stupid was involved in the incident.

Dr Bows, from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Manchester, said
government carbon reduction plans were “welcome” but not enough.

The defendants are Mark Andrews, 26, from Edinburgh; William Boggia, 44, from
Ballater, Aberdeenshire; Matilda Gifford, 25, Daniel Glass, 26, Emilia Karwowska,
20, Jonathan Agnew, 24, and Josephine Hanson, 25, all from Glasgow; James Kerr,
35, from Paisley, Renfrewshire; and Katherine Mackay, 21, from Shipley, West Yorkshire.

All nine deny the charges.

The trial continues.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10393771.stm

 

 www.climate9.com

Updates of the trial day by day

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Climate 9: Expert witnesses to give evidence on climate change on Wednesday

22.6.2010   (Climate 9)

Day 7- Tuesday 22nd June – Expert witnesses to be heard tomorrow-

Expert witnesses Dr Alice Bows , top climate scientist from the Tyndall Centre, and Dr Geoff Meaden , Geographer and key witness for the Kingsnorth6 case will be testifying to the
urgent need for climate action on the 8th day of the Climate9 court case.

Alice Bows will testify to the urgent need to cut aviation emissions in order
to avoid catastrophic climate change, while Geoff Meaden will talk about the local
impacts of climate change here in Aberdeen and the fallacy of current political
inaction.

The prosecution has now finished and the defence case began this Monday. Further
expert witnesses will be called for the rest of the week and the case is currently
expected to be closed on Friday.

 

http://www.climate9.com/news/

 

There is more about Dr Alice Bows at  

http://www.seaes.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/staff/staffprofile.php?id=241

 

and Geoff Meaden’s statement to the Kingsnorth Six trial  at

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/files/pdfs/climate/meaden1.pdf

 

 

and more on the Climate 9 trial

 

 

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Climate 9: Criminal damage charges dropped against 2 of the 9

21.6.2010 (Climate 9)

Day 6 – Monday 21st June – Criminal Damage Charges Dropped- 

Today the Crown Prosecution came to a close. The Procurator Fiscal is dropping
the charges of Criminal Damage for the two protesters on the roof of Aberdeen
airport.   The defence case is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

The police Constable R. Bird read out a printed Press Release and a note, seized
from Dan Glass and Jonathon Agnew, respectively.

The court heard that part of the press release stated:

‘BAA Aberdeen said they welcome Donald Trump’s Golf Course.  Like Alex Salmond,
Trump wants to bulldoze over democratic opposition to environmentally damaging
projects like airport expansion.   Both Trump and BAA’s plans face fierce local
opposition.   Dan Glass, one of the protesters stated;

"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.
The expansion of this airport just cannot go ahead."

Another, 24 year old Tilly Gifford,a social worker from Glasgow, said:

"Alex Salmond wants to let the Spanish shareholders of BAA, Donald Trump and
his super-rich American friends concrete over Scotland and its efforts to stop
runaway climate change."

She added:

"Arctic ice is melting, the sea is already rising and experts warn the world’s
rainforests could collapse. Our generation is already starting to feel these impacts
as the warming kicks in so it’s obvious that it’s going to need to be us that
urgently put the brakes on expanding unnecessary airports."

A bag of imitation golf balls were also exhibited as part of the Crown’s productions.
"New Orleans; Dyce; Polar Bears; Clyde Bank;Rainforest; Aberdeen; Sipson" were
some of the inscriptions written on the golfballs, as read out by Police Constable
Bird.   These are just some of the places where communities are already suffering
the effects of climate change.

Leaving court today Josephine Hanson, one of the Climate9, stated that:

"I was surprised by the charges in the first place as we had conducted ourselves
so carefully during the action. To claim Criminal Damage for some residual stains
from sand bags is excessive and ludicrous. All their own evidence ridiculed the
claim of criminal damage. BAA are criminalising any voices of dissent and we will
to see that justice is done for those affected by climate change."

The case continues..

 

http://www.climate9.com/news/

 

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Climate9 trial in Aberdeen: Officer tells of fears for airport

19.6.2010 (Press and Journal)

Protesters could have damaged aircraft or equipment, says inspector

By Stacey Horne

Nine protesters were arrested at Aberdeen Airport following concerns they could
damage aircraft and equipment, a police inspector said yesterday.

John Irvine, of Grampian Police, was called to the airport in the early hours
of March 3, last year, after he received a call to say there was disruption on
the runway.

The protesters are on trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, accused of breaking the
peace and placing people in a state of fear and alarm.

They accepted earlier this week that they chained themselves to metal fencing
at the airport, between 2am and 3.40am, while other members of the group accepted
they climbed on to the roof of the terminal building and unfurled a banner with
an environmental slogan on it.

The nine accused are: Mark Andrews; William Boggia; Matilda Gifford; Daniel Glass;
Emilia Karwowska; James Kerr; Katherine MacKay; Jonathan Agnew, and Josephine
Hanson.

Mr Irvine told the trial yesterday that he warned the group members that if they
did not leave then there was a possibility they could be arrested. He said: "I
told them what they were doing may lead to them to be arrested."

Fiscal depute Alan Townsend asked Mr Irvine if he was duty-bound to stay at the
airport and remove the protesters. Mr Irvine replied: "We just can’t have people
running about the airport who could cause damage to any aircraft or equipment."

Defence counsel George Gebbie QC, representing Andrews, said some of the protesters
were surprised they were being arrested over an alleged breach of the peace, after
they were told that they were breaking bylaws. Mr Irvine said he had taken the
whole situation into account and thought a charge of breach of the peace was more
appropriate than just breaching a bylaw.

Boggia, 44, of Abergeldie Cottage, Ballater; Andrews, 26, of 33 Panmure Place,
Edinburgh; Gifford, 25, of 108 Wilton Street, Glasgow; Glass, 26, of 1 Willowbank
Street, Glasgow; Karwowska, 20, of 40 West End Park Street, Glasgow; Kerr, 35,
of 27 Newton Street, Paisley; MacKay, 21, of 36 Birklands Road, Shipley, Yorkshire;
Agnew, 24, of 958 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and Hanson, 25, of 40 West End
Park Street, Glasgow, deny cutting the airport’s perimeter fence, committing a
breach of the peace and placing others in a state of fear and alarm.

Andrews, Boggia, Gifford, Glass, Karwowska, Kerr and MacKay also deny climbing
on to the roof of the terminal and erecting a banner.

Agnew and Hanson deny erecting fencing on the taxiway and attaching themselves
to it. They are also accused of damaging a number of roof panels at the terminal,
which they also deny.

The trial, before Sheriff Colin Harris, continues on Monday.

 

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Climate9 trial: Ambulance worker witness tells court that protestors did not
delay ambulance flight

Date Added: 17th June 2010

The trial of the Climate 9 protesters in Aberdeen heard on Wednesday from an
air ambulance witness that the protesters were not responsible for delaying an
air ambulance, as had previously been suggested during yesterday’s evidence for
the prosecution. He said: “Our flight was scheduled to take off at 8.00am this
morning, but in fact took off about 8.35am, but this was due to our operational
delay by the medics and not the protestors”. The trial continues.

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Climate9 trial: Plane Stupid protest “delayed take-off for air ambulance” at
Aberdeen airport

Date Added: 15th June 2010

On the 2nd day of the Climate9 trial in Aberdeen, the airport’s duty manager
told the court that emergency helicopter flight was unable to leave because the
airport had been shut down. However, the defence advocate established that there
was no physical reason why the helicopter could not take off, as the activists
only occupied a very small part of the runway. The airport says the helicopters
could not take off as the airport was technically closed for safety.

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Aberdeen Climate 9 trial – for invasion of runway in 2009 – hope to set precedent

Date Added: 14th June 2010

The trial of the 9 activists who invaded the runway at Aberdeen in March 2009
has started in Aberdeen. Their action was designed to stop carbon emissions from
aviation and to highlight the links between Donald Trump’s planned hotel and golf
course complex and the expansion of Aberdeen airport. The Climate 9 are arguing
the defence of necessity. They argue that their actions were justified because
they were trying to prevent runaway climate change.

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Aberdeen Climate9 trial starts on 14th June

Date Added: 8th June 2010

The Climate9’s trial starts in Aberdeen on 14th June. The 9 are charged with
vandalism and breach of the peace. Their defence, at the most important climate
change trial ever in Scotland, will be that they committed a smaller crime, in
order to prevent a larger one. That was the defence that won the case for the
Kingsnorth Six in ~September 2008. You can send the Climate9 a message of support,
or read the dozens from around the world.

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