Heathrow climate activists to plead guilty

Three climate activists who protested at Heathrow Airport last year are to plead guilty next week. The protestors from action group ‘Plane Stupid’ blocked the entrance tunnel to Heathrow terminals […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Three climate activists who protested at Heathrow Airport last year are to plead guilty next week.

The protestors from action group ‘Plane Stupid’ blocked the entrance tunnel to Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 last November.

The activists were protesting against the proposed third runway at Heathrow which they claim will hurt the environment.

Esme Waldron, one of the protesters, said: “For most of us, all we’ll gain from new runways is dirtier air, noise and more floods due to climate chaos. There are more than enough runways for people who take one holiday a year; demand for airport expansion only comes from a minority of frequent leisure flyers. This 15% of British people take 70% of our flights, often to second homes abroad and they have a high income.”

The court hearing will take place next Tuesday.

They will be joined by supporters including the 13 climate activists who were given suspended sentences and unpaid community work earlier this year for cutting through a fence at the London airport and chaining themselves together on the northern runaway.