29th August, 2007
The climate camp took place from 14th to 21st August near Heathrow. The camp was well reported in the media so there is no need to describe here how it went.
The key point about the camp is that it took place at Heathrow. The fact that Heathrow was selected as the location for this climate camp shows how aviation is now recognised as a major contributor to climate change.
Heathrow is iconic in the fight against climate change. Aircraft coming in and leaving the airport contribute over a third of the UK’s aviation emissions – some 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year.
The huge police presence was out of all proportion to any plausible threat of distruption at the airport. It shows how worried the government is about ‘environmental activism’, especially on the issue of climate change.