Heathrow Airport is seeking an injunction to prevent anyone involved with the Camp for Climate Change from participating in a peaceful protest in three weeks.
Heathrow has a carbon footprint roughly equivalent to a small country. No fooling.
The injunction seeks to prevent " "all persons acting as members, participants or supporters" of anti-aviation group Plane Stupid, anti-noise group HACAN and AirportWatch from setting foot on Heathrow property, or even using any of the 'arterial infrastructure' that leads to the airport. This includes tube services, British Rail, and sections of the M25 and M4 motorways. So, basically most of west London.
Here's the thing: Airportwatch is actually an umbrella organization that includes the National Trust, the RSPB, the Woodland Trust, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Transport 2000, and Friends of the Earth. Prince Charles is the president of the National Trust, and QEII is the parton for the RSPB and CPRE. Whoops.
Hysterical over-reaction, profound stupidity or draconian strategy? Hard to say. But here's Greenpeace's take:
When we got the news, after sitting around open-mouthed for a bit, we suspected that BAA didn't know who or what AirportWatch was; they'd panicked, we thought. Hadn't done their research.
But 'a source' who's spoken to BAA has just told us that BAA is deliberately making the ban as broad as possible, and leaving it up to the police to apply it with common sense. Which means, if BAA wins, the police will have the right to stop you, me or Her Maj from, say, getting on "all railway trains and carriages operating upon the Piccadilly line"...
A lesson learned for the fight against climate change: the battle carries to unexpected places, has way more on the line than you could ever imagine, and leads to the most bizarre reactions.