Plane Stupid Activists 'close' travel agents in Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge, Reading & London!

6.11.2006

Like other spots around the country, short haul retailers feel the heat (and paint):

Manchester joined Plane Stupid’s call out for a National Day of Action against Short Haul Flights on Sunday night (remember remember the 5th of November).

Six travel agents were visited in the night with superglue and stencils reading “Cheap Flights Will Cost the Earth.�

Manchester Plane Stupid activists have been helping travel agents see the error of their ways by giving them a chance to have a day off to contemplate their role in bringing about the ensuing planetary disaster. 'CLOSED, FOR A TOTAL RETHINK' posters and accompanying D-locks and chains have sprung up on the shopfronts of at least 6 travel agents around central Manchester. Aviation expansion at present promises to eat up our entire national carbon budget by 2050 unless it is stopped now.
Whatever next in this action-packed day of, er,action?

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The three main travel agents peddling damaging short haul flights in central Bristol have been 'closed' by climate change direct action group Plane Stupid. Posters announcing the shops are 'CLOSED, FOR A TOTAL RETHINK' have appeared on the shopfronts, and one store has been closed for business more firmly by a bike lock across the front door handles. Plane Stupid have called a day of direct action against the short-sighted madness of cheap short haul flights. Aviation is the fastest growing cause of climate change.

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More of the same surprise closure shenanigans from Plane Stupiders have seen travel agents in Holborn, Angel and Kings Cross (London), as well as undisclosed locations in the west and the east ends, targeted with 'CLOSED, FOR A TOTAL RETHINK' posters and bike locks. Plane Stupid are trying to highlight the insanity of government and industry plans for unfettered growth of the aviation industry over the next 25 years - plans that will ensure we cannot meet even the already grossly inadequate targets for CO2 emissions reductions promised by the government when talking out of their other face. Nearly half of all flights in the EU are to destinations under 500km away - hence pointless and unnecessary. Aviation is the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions in the UK, and the warming effect of the non-CO2 emissions such as contrails deposited in the upper atmosphere by aeroplanes is now thought to be many times that of the CO2 itself. Even cheap flights are used mostly by the rich to fly to their second homes in Tuscany etc. The UK currently subsidises the aviation industry to the tune of £9 billions pounds a year.

Flightcentres in the city and west end have been closed as part of the day of action against short haul flights. ctivists superglued the locks, and hung 'CLOSED FOR A TOTAL RETHINK' posters.

Fightcentre shops pedal short haul breaks to European destinations. 45% of flights within Europe are less than 500km - that's London to the Scottish border. Going by train would be 10 times less polluting.

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Another action took place in Greater Manchester today, in the busy high street of the well off area, Altrincham. A Climate Camp banner complete with several Plane Stupid posters was dropped from a walkway overlooking the high street, in-between two travel agents. These two and a third business a few streets away were targeted by more Plane Stupid posters and lots of leafleting. The significance of this location - where professional footballers and the affluent live - is that it is the rich who benefit most, and suffer least, from budget, short haul flights.

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Travel agents disrupted in Reading!
Plane Stupid | 07.11.2006 14:12 | Climate Camp 2006 | Climate Chaos | Globalisation | Social Struggles | London | Oxford

As part of yesterdays day-of-action against short-haul flights, called for by Plane Stupid, there were direct-actions and protest against travel agents in Reading.

In an effort to not only save the planet but to also give travel agent workers the day off, pixies visited Thomson, Thomas Cook, Going Places and the Flight Centre during the night, filling their locks with glue. Workman were seen in the morning, ruining the travel agents holiday by enabling them to open for business - spoilsports!

Other folks had also planned a demonstration against short-haul flights to take place later that day. At around midday, a dozen protestors gathered outside Thomas Cook with their banner reading "Cheap Flights Kill! Climate Change Deaths So Far ... 150,000 per year!". They were met by three of her majesties finest, who informed them that the travel agents were operating a 'locked-door policy' (haha!). Itd be a shame if this disruption cost them any money....

The protest visited two other travel agents and distributed over 200 leaflets, detailing the effects of aviation on our planet. Most people (including a local Labour councillor!) were very supportive, with the exception of one concerned environmentalist who pointed out that cutting the bamboo cane for placards must be killing Panda's in China!

Well done to all who took action yesterday, and continue to fight against capitalism in defense of our lives!

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After a day spent picketing 4 of Cambridge's central travel agents, Plane Stupiders 'closed' 2 of these in the early hours last night to coincide with the network of similar actions taking place across the country. The travel agents were targeted with posters saying 'CLOSED: FOR TOTAL RETHINK' and were D-locked shut.