Eco-protest by Plane Stupid hits Gatwick
station in Kent, which will culminate in a day of action on Saturday.
lounge, unfurling a banner urging travellers to use trains rather than planes.
Two more activists handcuffed themselves to railings on a mezzanine floor.
a rooftop protest on the Palace of Westminster in February.
said she and fellow activists infiltrated the airport at 7.50am. She named the
activists in the roof as Elizabeth Baines, 23, a student at University College
London, and a 38-year-old man known only as Mike.
for an environmental charity, and a man called Jake, 27. The group pointed to
the large number of daily flights from London to Edinburgh compared with just
22 trains on the same journey.
we’re here to ask them to make the right decision – to take the train.”
men and a woman climbed onto a container and unfurled a banner protesting-against
the use of biofuels, which campaigners claim have caused rainforest destruction
and even starvation. Eight other protesters chained themselves together at the
depot’s entrance and staged a sit-down protest. Eight people are thought to have
have left the Kingsnorth Climate Camp to mount a protest against short-haul flights
from the nearby Gatwick Airport. The nine climate activists had been planning
to protest against the government’s plans to expand Kingsnorth coal fire power
station. However continual police intimidation and violence forced them to leave
the camp, choosing instead to protest against the popularity of short-haul flights,
especially during the Edinburgh Festival, from Gatwick airport.
groups. The first group scaled the wall next to the escalator above the train
station, occupying the roof structure and dropping a banner: ‘Short-haul flight?
Let the train take the strain’. The second group mounted the mezzanine above the
arrivals lounge, handcuffed themselves to a railing and dropped a banner: ‘Stop
short-haul’. The third group, dressed as information points, with t-shirts asking,
‘Can I hinder?‘, leafleted the surprised crowd with information about the ecological cost of
aviation and the irresponsibility of those who fly short-haul.
for Transport do absolutely nothing to provide us with a low carbon transport
policy – there are a total of 139 flights from London to Edinburgh as opposed
to just 22 trains. We’re here today to protest against short-haul flights. We’re
well aware that a lot of people will be choosing to go to the Edinburgh Festival
and we’re here to ask them to make the right decision – to take the train. In
a time of climate crisis anything else is more than irresponsible: it’s Plane
hour train ride from London King’s Cross. However there are only 22 trains per
day. The route from London to Edinburgh (by air) is also covered by Heathrow (66
flights), Stansted (31 flights), Luton (12 flights) and London City Airport (4
those not arrested will return to the Climate Camp to continue their environmental