Extinction Rebellion – coming to Heathrow?
There are lots of reasons for deploring the idea of Heathrow Expansion – but one of the most compelling must be its impact on our climate. Although some level of aviation is here to stay, its focus should increasingly be on supporting someone’s trip of a lifetime, not their shopping trip to New York.
This is why Extinction Rebellion are now turning their attention to Heathrow – which they see as symbolising our lack of commitment to reducing our carbon emissions sufficiently quickly to avoid human extinction.
You’ll know of Extinction Rebellion’s success in highlighting this issue during May, when they closed much of central London for more than week. This included dancing on Waterloo Bridge, and the delivery of a pink boat to Oxford Circus.
Extinction Rebellion are now considering action at Heathrow – involving a picnic, direct action, and the possible use of drones to disrupt operations. An initial day of protest was proposed for June 18th, followed by a more extended period in July. Inevitably this has prompted debate within XR on whether this type of direct action meets with a sympathetic response from the public, or whether it simply alienates people.
Whatever your own views, you can find out more about this proposed action here.