Airport International News - June 2007
East Midlands Airport Targeted by Climate Activists
Posted by Chris Lennox Hilton on 19/06/2007 - 10:05:11
A sticky situation arose on Saturday when climate change campaigners sought to publicise their case at East Midlands Airport by supergluing themselves to the entrance doors of the terminal buildings. In an attempt to attract passengers' attention, two men from 'Plane Stupid', a climate action group, glued themselves to the airport entrances while a number of supporters handed out leaflets to East Midlands customers exhorting them not to use air transport next time they travel.
The activists also released a banner in the departure lounge, borne aloft by helium balloons, which carried the slogan: "Let's Fry".
The campaigners were endeavouring to get people to think about the environmental impact of aviation, in particular short-haul flights, as they joined in a European-wide 'day of action', which had been announced by 'Airport Watch', an aviation pressure group.
Airport Watch simultaneously staged protests and demonstrations at other United Kingdom and European airports on Saturday, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol, Southampton, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
In 2006 over two dozen protestors from 'Plane Stupid' barricaded a taxiway at East Midlands Airport.
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