Plane Stupid is a network of grassroots groups that take non violent direct action against aviation expansion.
We have three demands:
- End to short haul flights and airport expansion
- A significant reduction in the number of planes flying to help address the threat of climate change
- Stop aviation advertising
- A just transition to sustainable jobs and transport
We came together in 2005 to oppose an aviation industry conference and have been taking action ever since. So far we’ve occupied Stansted, East Midlands, and Aberdeen airports, shut down easyJet and BAA’s headquarters, stopped private jets at Biggin Hill, London City and Edinburgh airports; sat atop the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament, supported the Camp for Climate Action at Heathrow, worked with local residents to defend their homes from the bulldozers; exposed a corporate spy and chucked green custard over Peter Mandelson.
UPDATE (Nov 2015) Plane Stupid has reformed in 2015, after a number of relatively quiet years, since airport expansion is back on the cards (proving David Cameron is a liar after he said prior to the 2010 election 'no ifs, no buts, no new runway' at Heathrow Airport). Plane Stupid will continue to take bold non violent direct action to stop the climate disaster that will result from ANY expanded airport. So far in 2015 we occupied the northern runway at Heathrow Airport, grounding planes for some hours, carried out banner drops and supported actions by local residents defending their right to a healthy environment. The 'Heathrow 13' activists have their court hearing at Willesden Magistrates' Court on January 18 2016, you are welcome to support them at court. Climate defence is not an offence!
We organise horizontally, by consensus and without leaders.
You're welcome to carry out protests in our name, as long as you are accountable, non violent and focusing on aviation expansion.
We'd love the network to expand, and can offer support and training for anyone wanting to start a new group. Call us and we’ll talk you through how to track down like minded people in your area, or get your existing friends discussing how they might want to take action.
We sometimes get enquiries from people wanting information about more conventional campaigning. We’re not best placed to give advice on petitions, lobbying or legal challenges. For help with this sort of work we’d suggest you get in touch with the good people at Airport Watch.