‘Manchester Airport on Trial’ related to the court cases of 17 climate activists who shut down Manchester Airport in May 2010. During the two trials in December 2010 and February 2011, the court heard from climate scientists, public health experts, local residents and a City Councillor about the danger posed to life and limb from climate change, exacerbated by aviation emissions.
Whilst the defendants were all found guilty, the court case also put the expansion plans of Manchester Airport on trial – examining the threat to Greenbelt spaces, local residents homes, tax injustices and local democratic deficits.
The campaign is ongoing through the Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport group. For more information contact info [at] stopmanchesterairport.org.uk
To see press reports from the original direct action and the court cases click here.
To read the expert witness statements presented during the Trials click here.
To learn more about the Defendants click here.