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Stay grounded protests across many countries, on 6th November, during COP26
2021-11-06 23:10:00
There were numerous protests, timed to be during the Glasgow COP talks, on Saturday 6th November. The aim was to highlight the need to reduce the demand for flying, and the number of flights being taken, globally. Also to point out the deceptive, misleading “greenwash” being peddled by the aviation industry, and enthusiastically taken up by governments, especially the UK government.  The industry is placing its hopes in novel techno-fixes (electric planes, hydrogen, new fuels made from wastes or from supposedly excess renewably generated electricity, in future). None of those can be scaled up to anything even faintly the scale of demand, especially as the industry is planning continued rapid growth, for several more decades. The greenwash is dangerous, as it gives people a false, unjustifiable, sense that they can fly “without guilt” as the sector has brilliant solutions to carbon emissions, just around the corner. The greenwash is intended to permit more “business as usual” flying, with no reduction.  Details here of many of the protests, organised through the Stay Grounded network. .Tweet   UK Report for Stay Grounded Global Days of Action – “Stop Greenwashing – Reduce Air Traffic Now!” 6th November 2021 On the 5th and 6th of November 2021, aviation protest actions across the globe coordinated by Stay Grounded, called for an end to aviation’s greenwashing and an effective reduction of air traffic. The diverse protests were part of a Global Day of Action called by the https://cop26coalition.org/gda/ , a UK-based civil society grouping mobilising around climate justice during COP26, the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow. In addition to 18 events for 12 UK expanding airports, protests also took place in Mexico, Nepal, Germany and France. Aviation is the most climate-damaging form of transport and one of the worst examples of climate injustice, so nobody should be fooled by attempts to greenwash aviation. New technologies and so-called ‘sustainable’ fuels will take decades to be used on commercial, long haul flights – and it is these flights that cause the vast majority of aviation’s climate wrecking emissions. (Check out 5 new Factsheets here:- https://stay-grounded.org/greenwashing ). Research shows that relying on techno-fixes will not decarbonise the aviation sector rapidly enough to stay below the globally agreed 1.5 degrees C limit; and the UK government’s advisory body, the Climate Change Committee, recommends no net expansion of UK airports and has repeatedly warned the government that technological solutions alone will be insufficient to make the aviation sector even net zero by 2050. Yet, every UK airport has plans to expand.   In this context we took to the fields and streets to counter greenwashing and aviation expansion. In what rapidly became a full Week of Action, Rising Tide UK co-ordinated the Stay Grounded activities in the UK for airports at:  Bristol, Doncaster-Sheffield, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds-Bradford, London-City, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton and Stanstead. Our press spokesperson Ray Stewart said:-   “We warn that trusting yet-to-be-developed technology to reduce climate-wrecking emissions is an extreme risk we cannot afford to take. Instead, we demand immediate action be taken to prevent aviation growth to cut associated emissions, for us to stand any chance of remaining within 1.5C.” 18 events for 12 UK airports showed what happens when we get together and co-ordinate united action around common themes under the Stay Grounded UK Chapter umbrella. So well done to those groups that took part and thanks to those who acted as group spokespeople, took photo’s and did techy stuff. Lets have more groups covering more airports next time! We encourage those groups to visit https://stay-grounded.org/how-to-become-a-member/ . Here’s a round-up of what happened and where, with media links of which we’re aware. Selected photo’s are on Stay Grounded’s Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157720108629249 GENERAL UK NATIONAL coverage The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/cop26-airport-expansion-protests-uk-b1950499.html?amp “PROTEST PLANS – Glasgow Airport to be targeted by Stay Grounded climate protesters over ‘greenwashing’”https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/7957153/glasgow-airport-stay-grounded-protesters/ Reporting before the Day of Action Glasgow Wednesday 3rd Nov. The Stay Grounded crew toured Glasgow on the Greenwash March for some photo ops and “The illusion of green flying” was highlighted by activist pilots and BAAN (Bristol Airport Action Network) people dressed up as ‘greenwash busters’ to bring their message about Bristol Airport’s endless greenwash to COP26. A BAAN spokesperson said: ‘The dream of low carbon commercial flight through electric, hydrogen, and sustainable fuels is going to remain a dream for many years. It’s total Greenwash to say that we can continue to fly and pretend we’re not trashing the planet’. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51657809822/in/album-72157720108629249/ . Video: https://twitter.com/Infante_Fran/status/1456987519061565441 . Glasgow Thurs. 4th Nov. BAAN had a jaunt to the COP26 green zone for photo shenanigans dressed in UK traditionally emblazoned “Stop Airport Expansion” red t-shirts, including at Rolls Royce’s Transition to Jet Zero Carbon stand.  Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51658203976/in/album-72157720108629249/ . Other Stay Grounded members took part in several COP events. Glasgow Friday 5th Nov. Subvertising: People from Stay Grounded and Brandalism networks hacked over 50 bus stop ad spaces around Glasgow with spoof EasyJet posters depicting artwork of extreme weather events from summer 2021 with captions reading “Flooded landscapes from €14.99” and “Raging wildfires from €22.99”. The original ‘Destination Zero Emissions’ EasyJet adverts stated, “We are championing a future of Zero Emissions flights.” misleading the public by using unfounded promises about future aviation technology to sell flights. Photo’s & Report https://ecohustler.com/technology/easyjet-faces-investigation-over-greenwash-adverts-during-cop26 . The subverts were later found by the BAAN crew:- Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51660789722/in/album-72157720108629249/  .  Glasgow Saturday 6th Nov. Now infamous BAAN Greenwashbusters roamed the streets of Glasgow on the main COP26 DoA March along with the rest of the COP Stay Grounded crew. Halfway down here:- https://www.desmog.com/2021/11/06/tens-of-thousands-throng-streets-of-glasgow-demanding-climate-justice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tens-of-thousands-throng-streets-of-glasgow-demanding-climate-justice   & video here:- https://twitter.com/infante_fran/status/1456987519061565441?s=24 Stay-Grounded 11 UK Airports DoA   Glasgow Airport event from Stay Grounded campaigners and members at the airport highlighted its planned expansion and greenwashing with a banner protest. Photo that went via Alba Pics to   all UK picture desks:- https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51658471353/in/album-72157720108629249/ Bristol Airport event with XR Landing Crew & BAAN. A Photo op reported on Bristol Live before joining the Bristol march. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51659639889/in/album-72157720108629249/ Doncaster-Sheffield Airport event. STEAP (Stop The Expansion of the AirPort) took placards and leafleted outside their MP Dan Jarvis’s office then marched across to Doncaster town hall where their council sits and followed that by joining the COP26 march from Devonshire Green for the rally outside Sheffield City Hall where any final say will be had on the expansion plan. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51659417650/in/album-72157720108629249/ Leeds-Bradford Airport event. GALBA (Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport) protest/photo op outside the terminal building with a banner. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51659228014/in/album-72157720108629249/ .  https://www.galba.uk/post/press-release-galba-joins-campaigners-to-call-for-immediate-halt-on-all-airport-expansions . Featured on local BBC news. Very good piece here detailing the UK DoA, which mentions Doncaster protest with GALBA quotes:-  https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/politics/campaigners-call-for-immediate-end-to-leeds-bradford-airport-expansion-as-they-join-national-climat

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