Celebs and green campaigners buy Heathrow runway site from under ministers' noses

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Oscar-winning actress, TV comedian and Greenpeace tell Hoon, ‘We’ve bought your runway, and you’re not getting it back.’

13 January, 2009

The land earmarked by the Government for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport has been bought from under the noses of ministers by a coalition of celebrities, scientists, politicians and green campaigners.

Greenpeace reaction to Plane Stupid protest at Stansted Airport

Last edited 8 December 2008 at 2:41pm
8 December, 2008

Reacting to this morning's protest at Stansted, a Greenpeace spokesperson said:

"The climate change secretary Ed Miliband called for a Suffragette-style movement to pressure governments to act. Well, he got his wish. The Suffragettes were disruptive and lambasted by the establishment of the day, but have been utterly vindicated by history, and no doubt it will be the same with Plane Stupid.

Heathrow delay exposes cabinet split

Last edited 4 December 2008 at 2:47pm
4 December, 2008

Reacting to news that an announcement on Heathrow expansion has been postponed until next month, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

"The pro-runway faction in government is on the run. There's been whispered talk of a cabinet split for weeks, but now it's bursting into the open as more ministers realise that the business case for expansion is deeply flawed while the environmental case for blocking a new runway is overwhelming."

End of a short-haul era?

Posted by bex — 1 October 2008 at 4:10pm - Comments

Greenpeace volunteers at Newquay

Greenpeace volunteers at Newquay airport in March 2007

You might remember that, 18 months ago, we set up ticket exchanges at airports across the country, and called on British Airways to show genuine leadership instead of launching new, unnecessary short haul routes that just add to the huge threat to our climate caused by runaway aviation growth.

Brown's speech at the Labour Party Conference - Greenpeace response

Last edited 23 September 2008 at 4:18pm
23 September, 2008

Reacting to comments by Gordon Brown in his speech to the Labour conference, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

Do you want to make cars less polluting? Now's your chance

Posted by jamie — 28 August 2008 at 3:26pm - Comments

While congestion charging schemes to control CO2 emissions from traffic are proving controversial in London and elsewhere, there's a chance we might see some action in Brussels on this problem very soon.

Mundo Cars drive down mondo fuel use

Posted by jamie — 25 July 2008 at 3:16pm - Comments

While our own drive to drastically improve car efficiency changes gears, there are of course plenty of other people trying to get the message across. One such group, Mundo Cars, isn't the new line of Slovakian automobiles it might appear to be, but a collaborative effort by several organisations working on transport issues.

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Yadda dabba don't: cavemen arrested in car protest

Posted by jamie — 27 May 2008 at 5:31pm - Comments

Six cavemen in a Flintstones-style car protesting about the car industry's lack of action on climate change

Protests by lorry drivers in London and Wales today show the strength of feeling surrounding fuel prices and, as oil hit US$135 a barrel last week, they're unlikely to fall anytime soon. Hauliers want the government to abandon proposed 2p tax increase and so ease the pain, but that would only be a short-term fix for a long-term problem - what's really needed is affirmative action on setting minimum fuel efficiency standards for road transport.

Which is why, if you happened to be in Brussels yesterday morning, you would have seen a bizarre site - six cavemen and women travelling the streets in Flintstones-esque car. (Don't believe me? Watch the video.) They were exposing the stone age thinking (geddit?) of the car industry who, lead by German car manufacturers, have been stifling attempts to improve car efficiency and reduce CO2 exhaust emissions for 17 years. First stop was the headquarters of the car manufacturer's lobby group, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), to deliver copies of a new report about the impact their industry is having on climate change.

Fuel price protests - Greenpeace response

Last edited 27 May 2008 at 3:50pm
27 May, 2008

Reacting to protests over fuel price increases, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: 

"There are ways around the fuel price increases that are good news for the climate and good news for drivers' pockets. Keeping your speed below 55 can save more money than the recent price hikes and cut CO2 as well. But in the long run the government needs to force car manufacturers to build more efficient vehicles. As it is Brown has failed to take a lead in Brussels where talks on vehicle efficiency are coming to head." 

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