The Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) coalition is set to drown out the deafening din of airliners flying in and out of Heathrow in its biggest anti-aviation mass action to date.
Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, Sustrans, Airport Watch, Campaign for Better Transport, People & Planet, Women's Environment Network, World Developement Movement are together staging a colossal carnival on the outskirts of London’s main airport on Saturday 31 May under the aptly named banner, Make a NOise.
The huge gathering is set to put further pressure on the Government to scrap plans to build an additional runway and terminal at the world’s busiest airport. The SCC members are hoping that the action will deliver a clear symbol of resistance to the proposal that is set to be decided on in June or July this year.
Kicking off at Hatton Cross Underground station at midday and rounding off in Sipson - the village earmarked for demolition if the Government’s expansion plans go ahead - the action day will bring together the assembled supporters to physically spell out a giant ‘NO!’ at the high-point of the rally.
Last month protestors staged a flash mob moment at the opening of the airport’s beleaguered Terminal 5. At exactly 11am - in amongst the chaos of baggage losses, cancellations and delays - hundreds of campaigners stripped down to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan ‘Stop Airport Expansion’.
According to Greenpeace, flying is 10 times more harmful to the environment than taking the train and is the fastest growing source of emissions in the UK - with its impact set to quadruple by 2050.
published: 16:08 - 24 April 2008