Socialist Worker

Campers win solidarity from local people against BAA

Issue No. 2064

The climate camp is being supported by people in the local community, one of the protesters told Socialist Worker:

“They just hate BAA. We’re camped right next to Sipson, a village that will be totally wiped out if BAA gets its way over the new runway.

“We went out speaking to people in Sipson last week, handing out leaflets and telling people what the camp was about.

“Everyone has been 100 percent supportive. People have had enough of BAA’s lies – they want to fight.”

John, one of the campaigners, told Socialist Worker, “There is a real sense of solidarity in the camp – we are united in what we’re doing.

“The police are trying to cause trouble. They’re trying to stop people getting in and out of the camp – but they’re doing little more than slowing things down.

“We’ve worked really hard to make sure that as many people as possible are involved.

“We’ve been to local meetings and involved the local MP John McDonnell. It looks like it will be a really interesting week.”

With much of the mainstream press focused on the threat posed by the camp, government failures on the actual issue of climate change went largely unreported.

A briefing paper leaked to the Guardian newspaper at the beginning of this week showed that Britain has no hope of reaching the European Union’s renewable energy targets, agreed by Tony Blair last spring.

The government now wants to lower the targets and alter them to be allowed to include nuclear energy.

This is an embarrassing climbdown for a government that likes to portray itself as leading the way on environmental issues.

A target of 20 percent of energy used in Britain to come from renewable sources by 2020 is a long way off.

Today just 2 percent of energy comes from such sources, and the government wants the target reduced from 20 percent to just 9 percent.

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