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/

 

more on the Climate 9 case

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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.

 

Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1790402?UserKey=#ixzz0rHuUpYt0

 

 

see also

 

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.

Click here to view full story…



 

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.

Click here to view full story…



 

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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Climate9: Day 4 of the trial in Aberdeen

19.6.2010

Day 4 – Thursday 17th June – Video of protest establishes real objectives of
the action

The hour long video of the Aberdeen protest, as recorded by the police, was screened
to the court and jury.

When the police negotiator suggests they have made their point, have generated
publicity and can now pack up and go, one of the accused clearly states that their
objectives differ. He states that they are there to:

"Close the airport for as long as possible; to stop airport expansion; to end
short haul flights; to get people in high-emission industry into green jobs; to
highlight the social disparity between those who cause the problems and those
who suffer the impacts."

On the video, time and time again we see the protestors seek confirmation of
the ambulance delay, affirming that they are willing to leave immediately as soon
as it has been established that they are a genuine obstacle to the take off of
the air ambulance.

The police witness affirmed that during the action all the protestors were "fully
compliant and in good spirits".

 

Daily updates of the trial are at   http://www.climate9.com/news/

 

See also more news about the trail at  

and

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.

Click here to view full story…



 

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.

Click here to view full story…



 

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…

Read more »

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

16.6.2010 (Climate 9)

Ambulance Worker Witness tells court that Plane Stupid protestors did not delay
ambulance flight

The trial of the Climate 9 protesters in Aberdeen heard this morning 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.

The written statement from Stephen Wright of GAMA Aviation – the firm in charge
of air ambulances out of Aberdeen Airport – given to police on Tuesday 3rd March
2009 shortly after the protest ended stated the following:

"I became aware that there was some form of protest on Aberdeen Airport this
morning, I picked up this through the media prior to attending our site. I have
contacted my Operations manager, who works out of Farnborough Airport, regarding
this matter and he informed me that he in turn had contacted the Aberdeen Airport
Duty Manager and he in turn informed us (GAMA Aviation) that due to our flight
type, was not going to be interfered with and our flight slot was guaranteed.
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
.This incident has had no financial or life threatening or operational impact
on our operation. I have no complaint regarding this matter. I was seen later
by the police and gave this statement."

During cross-examination Wright confirmed that this was the case, countering
prior claims, both during and immediately after the action and yesterday in court,
that the defendants were not at fault for endangering lives during the air side
action.

Juliana Napier, from the Climate 9 defence committee (1) said the following:
"This evidence is incredibly important in establishing what happened during the
action. The Climate 9 freely assembled inside Aberdeen airport to stop the harmful
emissions causing runaway climate change and raise awareness of the issue. They
did this to ensure that our own and future generations can enjoy good health in
a healthy environment not to endanger the lives or health of anyone."

The prosecution will present witnesses for the next few days and the trial is
set to continue until the end of next week.



Messages of support have been flooding in, and key among them are those from
John Pilger (human rights journalist), Caroline Lucas MP, The Muslim Council of
Scotland, Chris Smout. Historiographer Royal in Scotland, and environmental historian
and many more (2)

The trial is expected to last around two weeks.


Notes to Editors:

(1)   Climate 9 Defence Committee

The "Climate9 Defence Committee" is a group of organisations and individuals
formed to support the 9 co-defendants outside of the court room and raise public
awareness of the trial.

For more information please contact: press@climate9.com

(2)   For more statements of support please visit: www.climate9.com/statements-of-support/

For photos please see

http://www.flickr.com/photos/planestupid/3324360633/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/planestupid/4583264443/


Other relevant links

Climate 9
http://www.climate9.com


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

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

15.6.2010   (Guardian)

Airport manager tells court that emergency helicopter flight was unable to leave
because the airport had been shut down

by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent

A protest by climate activists on the asphalt at Aberdeen airport delayed an
emergency ambulance flight from taking off, a court heard today.

Nine climate protesters are accused of causing a breach of the peace and vandalism
after several activists allegedly clambered on to the airport’s main terminal
roof and the others chained themselves to a cage they built on the taxiway.

The charges allege that the actions of the five men and four women led to the
airport being shut down on safety grounds, preventing planes and helicopters taking
off and landing on 3 March last year.

The airport’s duty manager, Michael Frost, 56, told Aberdeen sheriff court that the emergency helicopter flight was unable
to leave after it was called out, because the airport had been shut down.

George Gebbie, one of the defence advocates, contested this account, asking: “What prevented
it?” Frost replied: “The airfield operations manager.” Gebbie added: “It is a
matter of established fact that the cage with these protesters in it did not prevent
the flight taking off.”

Frost replied: “It did up to a point because the airport was shut. Physically
it didn’t impede it but it delayed the take-off.”

The trial heard yesterday that the protesters on the asphalt played a game of mini-golf with plastic clubs and balls inside a makeshift barricade. They hung a banner for the protest group Plane
Stupid referring to billionaire property developer Donald Trump, who is building
a golf resort north of the city.

Malcolm Brown, the security operations manager, was called in early as the airport’s
duty manager because of the protest. He said the first flight was due to take
off at 6am and estimated that there were around 500-600 passengers waiting to
check in at the time.

But passengers were told their flights were delayed due to an “ongoing police
incident”. He said the protesters came down off the roof after requests from the
police at about 9am and flights resumed 10 minutes later. The jury was also told
23 helicopter flights from the North Sea oil field operator CHC were also delayed
because of the incident.

Gebbie suggested there was nothing to stop flight activity because it was a peaceful
protest. But Brown claimed there had been a “runway incursion” which jeopardised
safety.

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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/15/plane-stupid-protesters-air-ambulance-aberdeen

 

 

see also

 

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

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.   Environmental lawyers say
another verdict – in addition to the Kingsnorth Six verdict in 2008 –  in favour
of climate activists by a jury could mark a shift in ‘social values’. 14.6.2010    
More …..

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

14.6.2010     (The Ecologist)

Scottish climate activists in the dock hope to set legal precedent

Climate activists who broke into Aberdeen Airport hope to convince jury their
actions were justified in preventing larger crime of runaway climate change

The trial of nine climate activists accused of breaching the peace and vandalism
after breaking into Aberdeen Airport in a protest against airport expansion begins
today.

The activists, who forced Aberdeen Airport to shut down for two and half hours
in March 2009, say plans to expand all seventeen Scottish airports could triple
the country’s aviation emissions at a time when we should be cutting greenhouse
gas emissions.

Legal representatives will argue that their non-violent actions were justified
because of the Government’s failure to tackle runaway climate change and danger
it poses to humanity.

Kingsnorth six



The activists are hoping to use the precedent set under English law by
six Greenpeace campaigners who were cleared by a jury in 2008. The ‘Kingsnorth six’ had been accused of
causing £30,000 of criminal damage to the Kingsnorth power station in a protest
against the expansion of coal-fired plants.

They were acquitted after arguing they had a ‘lawful excuse’ because they were
acting to protect property around the world in immediate need of protection from
the impacts of climate change, caused in part by burning coal.

Environmental lawyers say another verdict in favour of climate activists by a
jury could mark a shift in ‘social values’.

‘In the civil rights era in the United States protesters sometimes broke the
law because of their moral views and were exonerated by juries. Prior to that
during the era of slavery juries would sometimes refuse to convict those who helped
slaves escape from their owners,’ said ClientEarth CEO James Thornton.

‘Environmental protests that intentionally go over the edge of the law, and which
sometimes lead to the protesters being exonerated, are a laboratory where we can
see society adjust to environmental facts taking place,’ he added.

A statement on behalf of the nine activists said they were prepared to ‘pay the
price for speaking the truth’ and bring justice for those detrimentally affected
by climate change.

‘Whatever happens to us, the Climate 9 trial is an opportunity to spread the
need for urgent action and to challenge the authorities with pride and confidence,’
they said.



The trial is expected to last two weeks.

link to article

   

 
                                          More photos on Indymedia
 
 
 
 
(Plane Stupid and the Lazy Environmentalist)  

Climate 9 say real crime is Ecocide 

 

 Climate 9 outside Aberdeen Crown Court June 14, 2010 on trial for vandalism,
say the real crime is ecocide, not peaceful campaigning against airport expansion.

This is Scotland’s first ever major climate change trial, a group of climate
change activists facing charges of Beach of the Peace and Vandalism after closing
down Aberdeen Airport in March 2009.   The two week trial starts in Aberdeen Crown
Court today.

At 3am on the morning of March 3, 2009, 9 friends stood up for what they believed
in and occupied a taxiway at Aberdeen Airport, building a wire enclosure containing
a miniature golf course while two activists occupied the roof of the main terminal
building.   They  wore clothes parodying Donald Trump and displayed a banner reading
‘Plane Stupid Golf Open 2009′. 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 people should be allowed to peacefully take action on the
biggest threat facing humanity in the face of government failure and a huge democratic
deficit in taking the action necessary to stop runaway climate change.

The aviation industry uses more fossil fuel than any other industry, which directly
contributes to the damage, destruction to and loss of ecosystems. The knock on
impact affects the whole global community; not just today’s but tomorrow. To stand
up and ask for it to stop is a call for   intergenerational justice. It is a call
for ecological justice.

What do the aviation industry want?

They want to expand their services and for people who object to be imprisoned.

What do Climate 9 want?

  • They want the courts to drop all charges against the climate 9 and instead pursue
    climate criminals such as BAA, who are getting away with ecocide, causing death
    and destruction in poor countries and misery for local people living near their
    Airports.

As they rightly point out, most flight destinations can easily be reached by
bus, rail and ferry.

  • They want to stop unnecessary short haul flights and airport expansion, stop
    aviation advertising, and take steps that ensure a just transition to sustainable
    jobs and transport.
  • They want the police and the aviation industry to be as open, honest and accountable
    as they are, to stop scare tactics, lies and intimidation and start listening
    to people concerned about climate change.
  • They want they UK government to stop sponsoring the aviation industry, currently
    subsidised by the UK taxpayer for £9 Billion a year, subsidies that benefit the
    wealthiest and that could be used for sustainable transport projects.

Why this is important?

If Climate 9 are aquitted, it will be the first time that the defence of necessity
will have been successful in a case involving activism. This is a stand for eco-justice.  
The Climate 9 who stand in the dock represent the millions of people throughout
the world affected by climate change. They are Jimmy Kerr, Josie Hanson, Bill
Boggia, Dan Glass, Mark Andrews, Tilly Gifford, Mila Karwowska, Kate Mackay and
Johnny Agnew.

 
http://thelazyenvironmentalist.blogspot.com/2010/06/climate-9-say-real-crime-is-ecocide.html
 
 
 
 
and from Plane Stupid’s website:

14.6.2010

Climate 9 trial begins in Aberdeen


Support the Climate 9

 The first major climate trial since the failure of the Copenhagen talks has begun
in Aberdeen Sheriff’s court this morning. Nine defendants from Plane Stupid Scotland
will face charges of Breach of the Peace and vandalism after
closing down Aberdeen Airport in March 2009.

The group intend to take the battle for climate justice from the court of public
opinion to the court of law in Scotland. They plan to highlight the social and
environmental impacts of expanding the airport which they argue will mainly benefit
a proposed luxury hotel and golf complex owned by business tycoon Donald Trump.

Interest has been building around the case since Climate 9 public campaigns were
launched in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London, which have drawn global and local
support for the group and helped forge alliances with social justice campaigners
and racial justice movements.

The defendants are pleading not guilty on the grounds that their actions were
to prevent the larger crime of runaway climate change and have assembled a witness
list of world-renowned experts in climate related fields including public health
consultant Jenny Griffiths and Geoff Meaden, who contributed to the successful
Kingsnorth 6 defence as a flooding and mapping expert.

The defendants were joined outside court by around 50 friends, families and supporters.

For more information, statements of support and how you can help the Climate
9 see:
http://www.climate9.com/ Or contact info@climate9.com or ring 077655 01687.

 

see also
 
BBC     14.6.2010
 

Nine face Aberdeen Airport protest trial

 

Nine people who allegedly forced Aberdeen Airport to close down during a protest
have gone on trial.

It follows an incident at the airport involving a group called Plane Stupid in
March 2009.

The nine face charges including breach of the peace and vandalism.

About 40 climate change protesters gathered outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court before
the start of the trial, which is expected to last several days.

The accused are said to have cut a security fence and locked themselves to fencing
they erected on an aircraft taxiing area, preventing take-offs or landings.

The nine – eight from Scotland and one from England – are also charged with climbing
on to the roof of the terminal building and displaying a banner.

Airport security officer Claire Sandison, 26, told the trial she spotted a group
of people piecing together a square of metal fencing when on patrol in the early
hours of 3 March.

Under cross examination by defence lawyer George Gebbie QC, Ms Sandison said
when she carried out her patrol at 0100 GMT the airport was open to emergency
flights only, and there were no such flights that morning.

‘Safe area’

The witness agreed with Mr Gebbie when he said: “Effectively, Aberdeen Airport
was shut at that time.”

She also agreed the site of the fencing, the holding point on the taxiway, was
a “safe area for vehicles to taxi on”.

He said: “When you are here, you don’t present any danger to what is on the runway?
It is, by definition, a safe area?”

Ms Sandison agreed, but later said it was a safe area “when there’s permission”.

She agreed that air traffic control gives clearance for people to use the taxiway
“to stop dangerous situations developing”, and said the people she saw had not
been given permission.

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 against them.

The trial continues on Tuesday.
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10308202.stm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

see also

 

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…

 

 

and the biographies of the nine

Read more »

Aberdeen Climate9 trial starts on 14th June



www.climate9.com trial starts June 14th in Aberdeen at 11am.

Support the Climate 9

“Climate9″ trial – for Aberdeen runway invasion – to start on 14th June

Date Added: 17th May 2010

The Climate9 is the group of Plane Stupid activists who invaded the runway at
Aberdeen Airport in March 2009. Their trial starts on 14th June (delayed from
9th June). Their defence is that they committed a small crime in order to prevent
the much larger crime, of damaging the climate. They are remarkably brave people,
who believe passionately in the need to stop climate change, and have taken a
huge risk with their own liberty and quality of life, in order to do so.   Click here to view full story…

 

On June 14th, the Climate9 will be tried for vandalism and breach of the peace.
The Climate9 defence committee are a wide group of organisations and individuals
who support the actions of anti-aviation campaigners who took direct action against
airport expansion in Aberdeen in March 2009. These 9 activists now face a court
case which could get them years in prison.  They believe that the Climate9 should
be rewarded for their actions and not punished. If you agree that climate change.  
If you agree that climate change is an urgent threat which is already costing
lives and the destroying ecosystems that support us,  and that those in power need
a radical wake-up call, you can join  the  Climate9  to stand up for those who are
doing just that.  

Statements of Support:

The Climate9 need as many statements of support as possible.     info@climate9.com.    Write one for yourself or your organisation now…  You can see the many statements
already sent in on the Climate9 website.  

 Below are a few of them from around the world, and from individuals and leaders
of numerous organisations and groups – which you can see on the “Quote Rotator”:

 

“Climate change is a serious threat to humanity and to the planet. Governments
are failing to take effective action and we understand that the Climate 9 are
attempting to fill the gap. We wish them and their legal team the very best in
making their case in court”.


“As parents, and as human beings, we share the Climate 9’s real and justified
concern at the short term focus of those who have in their hands the guardianship
of our planet. Time is not on our side”

“That citizen’s action should replace government inaction – to ensure that legally
binding emission reduction targets are met – is entirely appropriate. Its too
late to wait, and its all too clear on whose side real justice belongs”.

“One of the big issues of the 21st century is undoubtedly that of climate change.  
Not only its implications for human existence but also for global justice.  I
support the work of those engaged in bringing light to shine on this matter of
paramount importance for our future.  I offer my solidarity to the Climate 9 defence
committee in their struggle for justice.”

“The Climate9 represent a group of interested, well informed and concerned citizens
who have an important and valid message to communicate.   The Government should
be inviting them into discussions about aviation proposals and welcoming their
views as part of a healthy deliberative debate on the future of air travel in
Britain, rather than marginalising them and treating them as criminals”.

“Those who oppose aviation expansion are trying protect people and the environment.
 I totally support their non-violent direct action and I absolutely believe they
should not in any way suffer for it.  If our laws result in brave people like
these being sent to prison, then justice has failed.   The laws are wrong, not
the people.”


“The time for talk is long over – the time has come for action.   I support the
Climate 9 action because they drew attention to climate change here, in Scotland,
as well as around the world.   People have to realise that flying will become economically
untenable and we must prepare for the inevitable now to avoid future shocks.  
Despite all the talk about tackling climate change, we are not actually preparing
for a future when energy is expensive and limited.   That future is not far away
– we cannot prepare too soon.”

“It is important to support people who are proactive in taking action to prevent
climate change. Climate9 are acting selflessly, on behalf of the earth and for
future generations; taking it upon themselves to make a statement for people worldwide
whose cries have been ignored.   They have joined a group of committed selfless
people the world over, who are ready to see a change in human behaviour on earth.  
In taking action to address climate change, they have put themselves on the line
completely. “

“It is easy to promise action on climate change – as a whole range of government
policies and international treaties can attest.   Behind the abstract targets,
though, the same old business practices continue, aided and abetted by government
support for airport expansion and aviation fuel subsidies. Those are the acts
of ‘climate criminals’, whereas the brave and vital stand taken by the Climate
9 should be welcomed for advancing the cause of climate justice.”


“I am very proud of my brother for making a stand for justice. We learnt from
our grandparents, who survived WWII, that if we see disaster looming, it is essential
that we speak out, for us, our kids and for generations to come. Whatever the
price they have to pay for speaking the truth, the Climate9 are publicly prepared
to do to help bring justice for those badly affected by climate change.”

“Dan Glass  has always passionately believed that those fortunate enough to receive
an education have a duty to use it for the betterment of society and the planet.  
As President of the University of Sussex Students’ Union Dan worked tirelessly
through formal and informal channels to make real, positive change and inspired
many other young people to fight for what they believed in and to actively question
the decisions and the decision makers within our society.   A healthy society needs
these people.”

“In my experience governments are often enabled to change their views by people
who have the moral bravery to challenge unjust laws and unwise decisions.   Pursuing
a policy of airport expansion whilst continuing to talk about environmental concern
is one illustration of inconsistent government.   I personally appreciate the actions
of the Climate 9 (and of Plane Stupid) as they challenge all of us – governments
and law makers included – to face up to the reality that our actions need to live
up to our rhetoric.”

“Civilisation has never progressed by squatting in its comfort zone.   The great
human breakthroughs have always been led by small clusters of brave individuals
taking costly stands.  History will be the ultimate court of opinion that will
judge the climate protestors. In so doing, may its hand not be forced to judge
our wider British society too harshly”

“Climate change is an unfolding public health catastrophe which is already killing
people and damaging the health of populations around the world.   Aviation makes
a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.   Dan Glass and his colleagues
are public health advocates who deserve our support.”

When Stephen Hester, CEO of RBS was asked at their AGM in Edinburgh April 2010
why he invested millions of taxpayers money into environmentally destructive projects,
his response was "it is not a crime!"

If the banks won’t listen, and our governments won’t listen then it is time for
the people to stand up and be heard.   The crime here is not the conscience of
the people, it is those who are ignoring the truth of the destruction that airport
expansion brings with it.   I salute the Climate 9 for standing up for what can
only be right, to protect the planet against the march of ecocide.”

“The UK government has shown remarkable hypocrisy in it’s acknowledgement of
the urgency of the climate threat when it continues to encourage the growth of
what is already the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.   It is
our duty as citizens to inform and encourage our representatives to do the right
thing, and to do the right thing ourselves when they refuse.   I commend the nine
activists involved in this case. “

 

…. and there are many, many more statements of support….

 

You can follow the Climate9 on Twitter at   http://twitter.com/Climate_9

and on Facebook at   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate9/116442351708463?ref=search

 

Here is some background to the trial process in Scotland, from the Climate9:

 

Criminal Prosecutions in Scotland

Criminal Prosecutions in Scotland take place under either Summary or Solemn Procedure.  

Summary procedure relates to the less serious criminal matters and is dealt with in either
the District Court on in the local appropriate Sheriff Court.   These proceedings
are dealt with by a Sheriff, a Justice of the Peace or, in Glasgow only, a Stipendiary
Magistrate sitting alone.

More serious matters are dealt with under Solemn procedure.   These are matters which are dealt with either a Judge in the High
Court sitting with a Jury or by a Sheriff sitting in the local Sheriff Court also
sitting with a Jury.

All Prosecutions under Solemn procedure are at the instance of Her Majesty’s
Advocate, the Prosecutor in Scotland.   In Sheriff Court proceedings the Lord Advocate
is represented by a local Procurator Fiscal Depute and in the High Court by an
Advocate Depute.    

A Jury in Scotland consists of 15 members of the public chosen at random prior
to the start of a Trial.   The Defence are not allowed to challenge the selection
of any witness except on cause shown.   A Juror is taken oath prior to the commencement
of a Trial to "well and truly try the accused according to the evidence".   Before
the commencement of evidence Juror members are admonished by the Judge to declare
any special interest or knowledge they may have in the proceedings.   If a person
declares such an interest the usual practice is for him/her to be excused from
sitting as a Juror in that case.

There are no opening speeches in Scottish Trials in either Summary or Solemn
procedure.   It is for the Prosecution to prove their case by leading evidence
which is sufficient, credible and reliable.   The burden of proof lies with the
Crown and the standard of proof in Criminal Trials is beyond reasonable doubt.  
Accordingly, the Crown opens its case by calling it’s first witness.   Other than
having the charge or charges read over to them the Jury should have no particular
knowledge of the case before them.  

Evidence is taken from a Crown Witness firstly by the prosecutor and then the
witness is cross-examined by each of the accused if the accused Counsel thinks
it appropriate.   This process is repeated throughout the entire Crown case.   It
is not necessary for the Defence to cross-examine any witnesses although the Defence
must set out the basis of the Defence in the course of cross-examination of Crown
witnesses.

At the end of the evidence of Crown witnesses it is open to the Defence if they
deem it appropriate to make legal submissions about the sufficiency of evidence
led at that point.   The purpose of this is to argue that the evidence which has
been led is insufficient to establish a prima facie case against an accused person.  
If this argument succeeds the Trial is brought to an end at that point.   It may
succeed in part leading to deletion of certain averments from the charge or it
may fail in which case it is up to the Defence to choose to lead evidence if felt
appropriate.

There is no requirement for an accused person to give evidence in his own case.  
If an accused person chooses to do so he is examined in chief in the first instance
by his/her own Counsel and thereafter cross-examined by Counsel for the other
accused, if any, and the Crown.   The rules of procedure are precisely the same
during the Defence case.

At the end of the Defence case all of the evidence should have been led.   If
there is any evidence which has been agreed prior to the Trial between the Crown
and the accused this will now be made known to the Jury through the reading over
of a document referred to as a Joint Minute.    

Thereafter there are speeches firstly by the Crown, secondly by the Defence and
finally directions on the law by the Judge or Sheriff.   At the close of directions
the Jury are sent out to consider their verdict.

There are three verdicts available in Scotland.   They are guilty, not guilty
and not proven.    

To return a verdict of guilty a Jury of 15 requires to return a simply majority
that is there must be eight in support of guilt.

To return a verdict of acquittal, that is not guilty or not proven, there again
requires to be a majority in favour of acquittal albeit not necessarily eight
for not guilty or eight for not proven but simply a combination of both mounting
to eight.   There is no distinction between not guilty and not proven.

Sentencing in Scotland is entirely a matter for the Judge or Sheriff.   In cases
proceeding in the Sheriff Court before a Sheriff and Jury the Sheriff has a maximum
sentencing power of 5 years in custody although he/she may, if he deems the matter
to be particularly serious, remit the matter to the High Court for sentence.
 

 

 

see also

 

the Independent report on the verdict in September 2008 on the Kingsnorth Six:

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/cleared-jury-decides-that-threat-of-global-warming-justifies-breaking-the-law-925561.html

11.9.2008

Jurors accepted defence arguments that the six had a “lawful excuse” to damage
property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater damage caused
by climate change. The defence of “lawful excuse” under the Criminal Damage Act
1971 allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage – such
as breaking down the door of a burning house to tackle a fire.

The not-guilty verdict, delivered after two days and greeted with cheers in the
courtroom, raises the stakes for the most pressing issue on Britain’s green agenda
and could encourage further direct action. …… continues ….

 


 

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Protest by the German Robin Wood group against Frankfurt airport expansion

3.6.2010 (Robin Wood campaign in Germany – Frankfurt)

* Less Air Traffic for More Effective Climate Politics

* ROBIN WOOD-Climbing Activists in Frankfurt Against Airport Expansion


“Save the Climate: Stop Airport Expansion”: a 130 cubic meter banner with this
demand was unfurled from the arm of a building crane on the construction site
for the expansion of the Rhein-Main-Airport near Frankfurt (Main) by ROBIN WOOD
activists this morning at approximately 6am.

The activists publicly criticize the UN climate talks which are currently taking
place in Bonn.   Their message: “Don’t wait for governments to save the climate.
Become active yourself, create pressure from the base and join together to resist
environmentally unfriendly development, such as the expansion of airports like
in Frankfurt.”

“In Bonn they’re talking about reducing climate change and here work is being
done to further the climate catastrophe,” remarked ROBIN WOOD activist Daniel
Häfner. “We demand a stop to airport expansions.”

Greenhouse gas emissions in international air travel have increased by 50% since
the Kyoto Protocol.   More than 3 million planes already traverse German airspace
every year.  

The three largest German airports of Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin are currently
being expanded or are set

to begin expansion soon, which alone would lead to a doubling of airport capacity
and the negation of national climate protection goals.

“National and state politicians talk about protecting the climate, but do everything
in their power to do just the opposite,” said Häfner.     “We’re tired of the hypocrisy.  
Instead of words we want to see action. In the aviation industry this means taxing
kerosine in order to fund climate protection projects in the global South and
no more airport expansions.”

After the failure of the climate talks in Copenhagen, ROBIN WOOD continues to
see the importance of mobilizing for climate protection from the base.   This begins
with one’s own lifestyle and consumption

practices, but means much more.   For example, involving oneself in local initiatives
in order to together fight for climate protection and climate justice.

For the individual, there is no one more effective way to harm the climate so
fast, so intensively and so inexpensively than through air travel.  It is therefore
an important contribution to climate protection to no longer, or at least more
seldomly, fly.

At only the Rhein-Main airport already half a million planes takeoff and land
yearly.   Through the construction of the new landing strip, which is scheduled
to be opened at the end of 2011, an increase to up to one million planes is possible.
 In order to make room for their new asphalt strip, Fraport had approximately
250 hectares of mixed forest cleared; trampling on both the flora and fauna of
the region, as well as the citizen’s initiatives and ROBIN WOOD and independent
activists who stood in their way.

ROBIN WOOD is also involved in the activities surrounding the UN climate change
talks in Bonn and invites you to join the demonstration for climate justice on
Saturday, June 5th.   The demonstration begins at the

Kaiserplatz in Bonn at 13:00. More information can be found at:    
http://www.klimawelle.de

Monika Lege, Transportation Campaigner, verkehr@robinwood.de

Ute Bertrand, Press Contact, presse@robinwood.de

Photo and film material can also be obtained from Ute Bertrand, Photo: www.robinwood.de

 

http://www.robinwood.de/Newsdetails.13+M5f62a80f729.0.html

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Climate protest by Plane Stupid briefly closes Manchester Airport

Climate change protestors close Manchester airport for 20 minutes
 
24.5.2010     (Manchester Evening News)
 

They ran across the airfield to the Monarch Airlines plane and formed a human circle around the undercarriage of the stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.
 
 
Six climate change protesters breached security and surrounded a jet at Manchester
Airport, shutting the airport down for 20 minutes.

The protesters caused all operations at the airport to be suspended after cutting
through perimeter fencing at about 7.30am.

They ran across the airfield to the Monarch Airlines plane and formed a human
circle around the undercarriage of the stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.

Six flights were diverted to other airports during the short shut-down.

The protest was carried out by activists from the Manchester Plane Stupid group.

A second group blockaded the road entrance to the World Freight Terminal and
unfurled a flag reading ‘More airfreight = more climate change’.

The group are campaigning against a recent decision to expand the terminal which
will mean the demolition of historic homes on Hasty Lane

Lisa Jameson from Manchester Plane Stupid said: "This isn’t just about airport
expansion or rising carbon emissions.

"This is about challenging an economic system based on the absurdity of infinite
growth on a planet of finite resources, a system which prioritises bail-outs for
the banks and then makes us pay for it in public service cuts. Capitalism is the
cause of the problem, climate change is just a symptom."

A sweep was made of the airfield to check there were no other protesters before
police moved in and attempted to remove them.


While the incident was on going the airport was closed to all inbound and outbound
traffic.

An airport employee who has just turned up for work said: “I received a message
to say that the airport has been closed following security issues on the airport.

He added: “I understand that climate change protesters broke through a security
fence in the Cargo area at the airport and have now surrounded an Airbus.

"I did see protesters at the Cargo area of the airport as I was coming into work”.

 
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/transport/s/1240834_climate_change_protestors_close_airport_for_20_minutes
 
 
 
http://www.planestupid.com/
 
 
see also
 
 
 
UK Indymedia       http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/05/451934.html
 

Manchester Plane Stupid Breach Airside Security in Airport Protest

 
Activists from the group Manchester Plane Stupid have breached airside security
at Manchester Airport today in a protest against the expansion of the airport.
The protest involves two groups. The first group of 6 people cut through the perimeter
fence and created a human circle around a stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.

A second group have used tripods to blockade the road entrance to the World Freight
Terminal preventing airfreighted goods from being taken in or out. They have unfurled
a banner reading: "More air freight = more climate change. Stop all airport expansion
now."

The group are protesting against the recent decision to expand the World Freight
Terminal which will involve the demolition of historic homes on Hasty Lane.

Lisa Jameson from Manchester Plane Stupid said, "This isn’t just about airport
expansion or rising carbon emissions. This is about challenging an economic system
based on the absurdity of infinite growth on a planet of finite resources, a system
which prioritises bail-outs for the banks and then makes us pay for it in public
service cuts. Capitalism is the cause of the problem, climate change is just a
symptom."

Following the recent decision to stop expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead
airports, the aviation industry is likely to look to regional airports such as
Manchester to increase profits.

"The third runway at Heathrow was stopped because ordinary people stood up to
the government at the time and the aviation industry using a broad range of tactics.
Direct action has historically played an important role in creating social change
and will continue to do so."

The aviation industry consistently overstate their importance in creating jobs
and their contribution to the economy.

The lack of tax on aviation fuel is costing the UK economy £9 billion per year.
There is also a tourism deficit in the North West region of £2.2 billion.[1] That
is the difference between what Britons flying abroad spend in foreign countries
and what foreign visitors spend in the North West.

Each round of airport expansion is justified on the promise of more and more
jobs. In the 1990s Manchester Airport promised to create 50,000 jobs with the
second runway – but the actual number was far lower. We need to begin a just transition
to a low carbon economy by creating jobs in sustainable industries such as rail
and renewables"

Annie McLaughlin said, "Recently, we’ve seen attempts by British Airways to use
the courts to overturn workers’ right to strike. We support the rights of all
workers to fight for good conditions. It is essential that the changes needed
to prevent climate change are not used as an excuse to restrict workers rights."

The airport, which is owned by local councils, has kept local residents in the
dark about the proposed expansion plans, failing to adequately inform them that
their homes face demolition.

McLaughlin continued, "The proposed expansion of the freight terminal makes no
sense, economically or environmentally. The existing capacity is not fully utilized
and an expansion would simply be a stepping stone to expansion of the airport
as a whole, which would be an environmental disaster."

" With the planet on the verge of climate breakdown it is essential that the
real cost of aviation expansion is taken seriously – currently emissions from
aviation are not included in Manchester City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan."

The protesters say they are locked on to halt emissions and are prepared to stay
for as long as it takes to get their message across.

Notes to Editors

[1] Brendon Sewill, ‘Airport Jobs: False Hopes, Cruel Hoax’

 http://www.aef.org.uk/uploads/Airport_jobs___false_hopes_cruel_hoax.pdf

 
 
 
see also
 
 
24.5.2010   (BBC)

Protesters have cut through a perimeter fence at Manchester Airport and chained
themselves to the wheels of a plane.

Members of the group Manchester Plane Stupid are demonstrating against the expansion
of the World Freight Centre.

A spokesman for the airport said six people cut a hole in the fence and flights
were suspended for 20 minutes following the security breach.

Police are currently working on removing the protesters, who started their demonstration
at about 0700 BST.

A further 10 environmental activists from the group are currently at the road
entrance to the terminal.

A banner reading “More air freight more climate change. Stop all airport expansion
now” has been unfurled at the site.

Remote area

The freight terminal, situated off junction 6 of the M56 motorway, currently
handles 170,000 tonnes of inbound and outbound freight every year.   (see note
below).



The airport is open for business as usual


Manchester Airport spokesman

By 2015 the airport expects to increase that capacity to around 250,000 tonnes
of cargo per year.

Annie McLaughlin, from Manchester Plane Stupid, said: “The airport, which is
owned by local councils, has kept local residents in the dark about the proposed
expansion plans, failing to adequately inform them that their homes face demolition.”

She said expanding the freight terminal would be “an environmental disaster”.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “At around 0710 BST protestors cut through
a fence at Manchester Airport and gained access to a remote area of the airfield.

“They also staged a simultaneous protest at the airport’s freight centre. The
disruption to the airport’s operations was minimal and the airport is open for
business as usual.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8700156.stm

Comment by an AirportWatch member:
 
Quote:   ‘The freight terminal, situated off junction 6 of the M56 motorway, currently
handles 170,000 tonnes of inbound and outbound freight every year ‘
 
Actually, Manchester airport handled 103,000 tonnes fair freight in 2009 and
142,000 in 2008.   So where did the 170,000 tonnes pa come from?   Just exaggeration?
Or maybe the Manchester airport is manipulating the data by including some road
freight in the total – note the report doesn’t actually say air freight – just freight.  
 
Anyway it just goes to show you shouldn’t believe everything you read  in the
press – even from BBC
 
 
CAA Air  Freight figures:
CAA Air Freight statistics 1999 – 2009       (annual figures, table 13.2)

 
2009         102,532   (down – 26% on 2008)
2008         141,781   (down -14% from 2007)
2007         165,366   (up +  11% from 2006)

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