Plane stupid?

December 8, 2008

Environmental protest group Plane Stupid manage to prevent at least 21 flights taking off when  they  invaded a runway at Stansted airport for five hours on Monday morning.

The group are protesting over the government’s decision to allow the expansion of Stansted Airport with a second runway. The protest also follows the decision last week by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon to delay the decision on whether to build a third  runway at Heathrow until January.

Plane Stupid is the group that draped banners from the roof of the House of Commons and from a plane on the runway at Heathrow in February.

They say such direct action is vital to get the message across about the danger to the environment of aviation emissions. Do you agree?

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Making people more angry or divided isn’t going to solve the problem. Ruining people’s Xmas’s will not make them more environmentally friendly.
Teaching the youth that individual contribution can work will be the only long term solution. For that you need patience and love not anger and disgust.
Change happens but it can’t happen quickly. Look at America recently, change can happen, but slowly.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

i find this attitude very strange

1.We are a small island
2.We have next to no manafacturing base
3./the main source of income for this country is provided by financial services.

How can we provide these financial services if the access to this country is severely limited.

Various goverment and private reports show that if we decrease airtraffic within the UK, we will perminatly damage the economy.

We need now, more than ever to increase the amount of airtraffic into and out of this country.

this , i believe will sitmulate our economy.

As a frequent passenger through Stansted I am now scared stiff. I realise that the guns of all those police cannot be loaded and that they are, in any case, in the wrong place. All the misery I put up with of queuing to go through security is a waste of time because it’s sole purpose is to delay law-abiding citizens and make a pretence that their safety is being protected. After Mumbai, why do these eco-terrorists feel so safe? Because they know that the police, as usual, are just going through the motions and that even a pile of corpses of passengers in the airport would not change a thing.

Posted by John Lamble | Report as abusive

The group have a right to make their point and are right in their apparent belief that only radical action will be noticed, but they are directing their efforts at the wrong target. The only way to gain the attention of the people who can make a difference is to disrupt Parliament, not an airport.

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

I travelled with Ryanair to my mother’s funeral four weeks ago. If the protest had taken placfe on the day I was travelling then I could have missed her funeral. Will they arrogantly assert that their protest is important enough to make people like me miss an event than that?

Posted by greg o'donoghue | Report as abusive

No, I do not approve of their tactics. Like a lot of small, but very noisy, pressure groups, they mistakenly think that because something is important enough to them, then it must be important to everyone. This is not true on so many levels. Everyone has the right to free speech but nobody has the *right* to be listened-to. They are two different things, and this lot and their behaviour are doing the equivalent to shouting in my face which makes me go deaf spectacularly fast. Like Greenpeace and their media stunts, or those “Fathers for Justice” morons, the result of their actions is occasionally totally counter to their desired aims.

Posted by Paul Harper | Report as abusive

Considering that shipping produces more CO2 than air travel shows what a bunch of misguided numpties these people are, to see them wearing clowns costumes( all shipped in from China ) was quite amusing, but the most ironic thing is that airplane contrails help cool the planet ( as proved after 9/11 ), but as global warming…sorry climate change( as its stopped getting warmer, well till next year when the sun enters its new solar cycle ) is a goverment excuse to tax you till you squeak and build nuclear power stations with the backing of the green party, they deserve each other.

Posted by Gusto | Report as abusive

Watch Zeitgeist 2! What a bunch of tree hugging idealistic fools! Man-made Co2 has little or no impact on our environment. In this documentary the FOUNDER of green peace denounces all modern so called “environmental activists” we’ve all been hood-winked!

Posted by Venusite | Report as abusive

zeitgeist 2: There are many films/scientists that claim that co2 emissions are not man made. Exxon mobile fund a lot of grassroots organisations such as the national environmental policy that have all denied climate change and held back a lot of progress(www.exxonsecrets.org)
Its only loons or oil men that oppose climate change – international scientific community agree 100%. The IPCC is made up of thousands of independent scientists that have agreed that the climate will warm between 1.8 and 4.0 degrees this century with a possible maximum of 6.0 degress as a result of man made emissions.(http://www.ipcc.ch/SPM2feb07. pdf)
Do you believe cancer or Aids is not real?
The people that do not want to accept the evidence are the ones that will have to disrupt their lives the most to do something about it. ie. middle and upper class people. The only people your hood winking are those in Bangladesh and Ethiopia that are going to be hit the hardest by flooding (http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg 2/446.htm)

1) Just because you can’t directly see an effect of something doesn’t mean its not happening
2)Don’t accept everything you read or watch. Scratch a little deeper than the surface and you might find things aren’t always what they seem……

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive