Today, November 6th, has been designated a day of action against short haul flights. A group of local people have visited Leeds/Bradford airport in support of this event, and took part in an action to draw attention to the terrible damage that is being caused by short flights that could easily be taken by train. The group put stickers around the airport, with a variety of facts on them including details of the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by flying to a variety of destinations.
ACTIVISTS INVADE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OFFICES IN SHORT-HAUL FLIGHTS PROTEST
This morning a group of London Rising Tide activists, in the guise of bean counting civil servants, gathered at inside the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority, brandishing a massive cheque for Â£9.2bn made out to the airline industry from the government regulator.
Next to Dalston Junction, on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, stand two Georgian houses dating from 1820. The adjacent building is currently occupied by the group Everything4Everyone but is facing imminent eviction â€“ and demolition. At the time of writing this report there is still no sign of the bailiffs, but helicopters fly over the buildings at all times, and cctv cameras pointing right at us.
5 Nov 2006
Across Aotearoa there have been mobilisations against climate change. In Auckland ClimAction held a "reclaim the streets" which attracted around three hundred people. A large section of Queen Street was blocked off for three hours and a mound of ice formed an ad hoc stage, dancefloor and paddling pool. Clowns, a polar bear, face painting, music, juggling and toboggans cobined to become a 'Carnival Against Climate Change' that turned what is usually a polluted, noisy and grey area of street into a festival of resistance.
Stop nuclear weapons - stop climate change
Anti-nuclear campaigners return to warhead factory ahead of government White Paper
As 25,000 people took to the streets of London yesterday calling for action on climate change, data from scientists, industry bodies and researchers, suggests that the cost of replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system - "could almost guarantee emission reductions from 150m tonnes of carbon a year today to the necessary level of around 60m tonnes by 2030."
Plane Stupid is calling for a day of action against short haul flights and short haul operators on November 6th, during the UN International Climate Talks in Nairobi. The day of action is two days after the mass event for climate action in London on November 4th, organised by Stop Climate Chaos and the Campaign Against Climate Change.
Around 20 people took part in a lunchtime demonstration outside Manchester Business School in solidarity with the people of Rossport, Co Mayo, Ireland. In Ireland, like in Nigeria , South Africa and other places, Shell Oil is using the powers of the state to ride rough shod over the local people's resistance to their destruction of local communities and environments.
Protestors from Luton, Nottingham, Luton, Derby and Sheffield today dropped banners with slogans such as "Stop Climate Change" and "More Cars = More CO2" from bridges over the M1 motorway today in protest at the governments plans to widen 115 miles of the road to 4 lanes in both direction.
The demo was attended by about 40 people, not too bad for a weekday demo in inner city London (we chose to have the demo then so that we could get into the embassies.) Perhaps next time we will organize something on a weekend. About a quarter of the demo were Trinidadians. We started the event with an emotional funeral ceremony, with talks from an anti-dam activist who'se been involved in the anti-Narmada dam campaign (India) as well as the anti-Karahnjukar dam campaign (Iceland); Sue Doughty, former Liberal MP, talked about her attempts to get the UK parlaiment to ask the Icelandic state to reconsider its path of heavy industry; two Trinidadian speakers: talked about the neo-colonialist-liberal invasion by western corporations of the third world, and the beauty of the Cedros Peninsula and tragedy of the Aluminium development, respectively; then an Icelandic speaker who talked about the loss of the Icelandic Karahnjukar wilderness, and the future plans of heavy industry in Iceland. These were followed by a bringing out of a coffin upon which photos of both Cedros and Karahnjukar were plastered. The crowd threw flowers ontop of this coffin and planted seeds (of resistance!) inside it. We were then read an ancient Icelandic poem called "The Prophecy" from the book of Edda, the story of the birth of the world and the northern gods, the apocalypse and then the final rebirth of the world: nature rising from the ashes of industrial/power driven collapse.