Letter of solidarity to the Crown Prosecution Service
Plane Stupid would like to thank all of the signatories to the letter below, sent to the Crown Prosecution Service on Friday 9th of October, 2015.
Open Letter to the Crown Prosecution Service
In July a group of climate activists with anti airport expansion group Plane Stupid took peaceful direct action at Heathrow Airport. They have been charged with aggravated trespass and being in a restricted area of the airport without permission.
The Plane Stupid action, which came just weeks after the recommendation by the Airports Commission to build a new runway at Heathrow, highlighted the importance of considering climate change in the context of any discussion about the future of the aviation industry.
The science tells us that deep cuts are required from existing levels of greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, but successive governments, including the present one, have failed to act appropriately. A new runway, and the many thousands of extra flights it would allow, would make the necessary cuts far more difficult to achieve.
Against this background, with the failure of the democratic process, the actions of the Plane Stupid activists were reasonable, justifiable and honorable. We, the undersigned, call upon the CPS to drop the charges against the activists in the public interest – we should be congratulating them for the defending the planet, not prosecuting them.
John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)
Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Greens)
Caroline Lucas MP
Michael Mansfield QC (Human rights lawyer)
Rajiv Menon QC (Human rights lawyer)
Nnimmo Bassey (Leading African environmentalist, Winner of Right Livelihood Award)
Bill McKibben (Founder of 350.org)
Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
John Sauven (Executive Director of Greenpeace UK)
John Stewart (Chair of HACAN)
Suzanne Jeffrey (Vice Chair of Campaign against Climate Change)
Dr Damien Short (Human rights advocate and lecturer)
George Monbiot (Writer)
UPDATE: this letter was referred to in this Guardian article on Friday 9 October 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/09/shadow-chancellor-calls-for-charges-against-heathrow-activists-to-be-dropped