Join SEMA this Thursday 2nd June for a community meeting to find out how the airport plans to expand, what the campaign has achieved so far and where we go from here.
7.30pm – 9pm Benchill Community Centre, Benchill Road, Benchill, M22 8EJ
Site battles: the second runway at Manchester Airport
Thursday 17th February 2011 – 7.30pm
University of Manchester Students Union – Council Chambers
In the late 1990s, people from across Greater Manchester united to oppose a second runway at Manchester Airport. Whilst local villagers marched and rallied, environmental protesters occupied treehouses and dug tunnels on the land where the runway now lies.
Ten years after the opening of the second runway – we ask, what happened and what’s changed? What is the impact of the Airport today both on local residents and globally in terms of climate change? Who is challenging the Airport today and why?
Join us for this photo exhibition and speaker event with original video footage from the protest camps and hear from people who were involved at the time.
We will also be joined by a Melanie Strickland from Wild Law UK who address the problem of what is missing from our legal system that allows environmentally destructive projects such as new runways to go ahead. What solutions are being proposed to these problems?
The event has been co-hosted by People and Planet and Manchester Climate Action in the run up to the trial of six activists facing charges for a protest action at Manchester Airport. The four day trial begins on Monday 21st February at Trafford Magistrates Court.
Manchester Evening News Coverage: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1408562_video_and_pictures_manchester_airports_runway_protestors_reunited_14_years_on
Manchester Mule: http://manchestermule.com/article/anti-runway-campaigners-to-reunite
Following the the conclusion of the first of two trials last Tuesday 7th December where 11 of the 17 activists were sentenced, come along to watch some film footage of the action, hear what happened in court, and how things are shaping up for the second trial in February.
The event will be followed by cheap vegan dinner in the cafe and an open decks and jam night.
BREAKING THE LAW AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Is direct action necessary to create a better world?
Manchester Metropolitan Students Union – Oxford Road - M1 7EL
In the light of recent and ongoing trials of climate activists – come to this panel discussion on the role of civil disobedience and direct action in creating political change, throughout history to present day.
—- What has been the role of civil disobedience in creating change historically?
—- Why do people take direct action when we live in a democracy?
—- Can civil disobedience be justified? —– Is it effective?
—- What role should it play in combating climate change?
With guest speakers to be confirmed.
20 activists will go on trial in Nottingham on 22nd November for planning to shut down Ratcliffe on Soar coal fired powerstation.
On December 6th – the first trial of Manchester Plane Stupid activists will begin in Trafford Magistrates Court.
The Climate 9 faced charges of aggravated trespass at Aberdeen Airport in June 2009.
And the Drax 29 were found guilty of obstructing a railway line in June 2009.
In September 2008 - six people were acquitted of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station.