Monday, 5 April 2010

Activists jet 12,000 miles - to climate change meeting

Last updated at 10:53 PM on 27th March 2010

    Climate change activists opposed to air travel are travelling to a conference in South plane.

    Campaigners from Climate Camp -- who helped blockade Heathrow at the height of the summer holidays in 2007 -- face claims of hypocrisy having decided to send two members to an international meeting in Bolivia to discuss ‘transnational protests’ against climate change.

    The 12,000-mile round trip to the Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights conference next month involves changing planes at least twice.

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    Campaigners for climate camp are travelling to a conference in South America - by plane

    The flights will generate about eight tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases.

    The money for their tickets -- at least £1,200 for an economy fare -- is being paid for by donations to Climate Camp from people opposed to flying and airport expansion.

    One of the campaigners making the trip is Agnes Szafranowska.

    Ms Szafranowska, a Canadian who now lives in London, organises Climate Camp workshops and was involved in the Great Climate Swoop on Ratcliffe power station in Nottingham last October.

    Police arrested ten people before the protest began on suspicion of conspiracy to cause criminal damage.

    Some 1,000 people took part, and security fencing around the plant was pulled down. Police made 56 arrests and a number of people were injured, including one policeman who had to be airlifted to hospital.

    Ms Szafranowska failed to answer questions sent to her by email, other than to say that Climate Camp were preparing a statement.

    The group’s Press officer did not return calls.