Extinction Rebellion announced yesterday that they are planning to disrupt London Heathrow for ten days this summer using drones.
Back in December 2018 drone sightings canceled hundreds of flights at London’s Gatwick airport and there was some activity at Heathrow in January too.
Here’s an excerpt from the BBC (access their piece here):
The climate change protest group vowed to stage a one-day demonstration in June and then 10 further days in July – unless the government cancels plans for expanding the airport.
Heathrow Airport said the plan was “reckless” and could “endanger lives”.
Extinction Rebellion said it was in talks with its members about carrying out “nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow authorities close the airport” on 18 June.
It said it would “act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from 1 July” if the government does not cancel all Heathrow expansion.
Here’s statement from Extinction Rebellion:
Extinction Rebellion demands the Government begins to act on its declaration of a Climate and Environment Emergency by cancelling all Heathrow expansion. On June 18, we plan to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow Authorities close the airport for the day, to create a “pause” in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world. If the Government does not cancel all Heathrow expansion, Extinction Rebellion will act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from July 1.
Extinction Rebellion is in the consultancy stage with its members on the proposed action. This is not about targeting the public, but holding the Government to their duty to take leadership on the climate and ecological emergency. The addition of the planned third runway would make Heathrow the single biggest carbon emitter in the UK; to expand the airport at this critical point in history would be madness.
We understand the action will cause disruption to a great number of holiday makers, however we believe that it is necessary given the prospect of far greater disruption caused by ecological and societal collapse, if we don’t act now. Holiday makers are being given advance notice to change travel plans.
I would say that the cause of trying to stop the unintended consequences of human behavior for the past few hundred years is good. Not sure if causing havoc at London’s Heathrow airport is the right course of action, however.
It seems that the UK police was not able to figure who was behind the Gatwick and Heathrow drones in December and January. At least this time, it is clear that Extinction Rebellion intends to use them to bring air traffic in to a halt in June and July.
Good luck for those that are planning to fly to/from/through Heathrow this summer.