Residents campaigning against airport expansion will link up with radical environmental
Earth First! activists in a colourful protest against an international, three-day aviation
conference being held in London at the end of November (1)
The protest will be staged on
Tower Bridge on the evening of Tuesday 29th November to coincide with a gala dinner being
laid on for the delegates in a function suite on the bridge (2).
The peaceful protest will bring together local residents with environmental activists from a
number of organisations (3). It is expected to be a colourful event. It is planned to float a
boat, full of people dressed as pirates, underneath the bridge, whilst others will be in fancy
dress on the bridge. Some people on the bridge will be in formal evening wear having been
briefed to “bring business cards and prepare to network.”
John Stewart, Chair of the Heathrow residents group HACAN ClearSkies, said, “Although
this will be a fun event, it has a serious purpose. The top people from the aviation industry
across the world are meeting together for three days to talk about expanding their industry
without a thought being given to the consequences for the environment or people living under
the flight paths. We want to send them a clear message that this is not acceptable. In fact
they are being ‘plane stupid’.”
One environmental activist, Joss Garman, explained, “Aviation is the fastest growing cause of
climate change, and things cannot go on as they are. Through direct action we dramatically
altered the Government’s road programme in the 1990s, and we stopped the
commercialisation of GM crops. We are gathering on the bridge to send a message to the
airline bosses — they are our next target.”
Note for Editors
(1). The Conference, The Future of Air Transport, is being held in the Waldorf Hilton Hotel
in the Aldwych on 28th, 29th and 30th November. It is being organised by the Institute of
Economic Affairs and is expected to be attended by over 300 senior representatives from the
aviation industry from across the world. Speakers include representatives of British Airways
and BAA. For further details of the Conference go to www.marketforce.eu.com
(2). Protestors will gather on Tower Bridge from about 6.00pm on Tuesday 29th November.
The gala dinner is being held in one of the function suites in the rooms above the bridge.
(3). The event has been put together by a range of individuals. HACAN ClearSkies is not
the organiser of the event.
(4). Pictures of the event will be available on Wednesday morning.
For further information contact:
John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650
Press Release issued Monday 28th November 2005