In the best traditions of print journalism, we hereby cut and paste a press release as an article:
“Manchester Plane Stupid disrupt airport industry conference”
Tuesday 16th June 2009
Campaigners disrupted an airport industry conference today using rape alarms
tied to helium balloons . The protesters from the group Manchester Plane
Stupid entered the Manchester Central conference venue (formerly GMEX) and
sent five bunches of helium balloons reading 'Happy Retirement' to the top
of the ceiling where they remained with the alarms ringing. This occurred at
exactly the time when the industry delegates were posing for a photo shoot
for the launch of a new carbon reduction scheme at European airports which
will not include emissions from aircraft.
Outside, protesters held a banner outside the entrance reading,
“Aviation Industry Conference – Climate Criminals Inside”.
The group were protesting against the aviation's growing contribution to
climate change. Aviation currently accounts for around 13% of the UK's
greenhouse gas contribution.
Megan Sims from Manchester Plane Stupid said, “The airport industry is
recklessly pushing ahead with expansion plans across the UK and Europe
despite all the warnings about climate change. We cannot pursue this growth
agenda if we are serious about tackling global warming.”
“Their latest back-patting exercise is yet more greenwash from the airport
industry. They provide the growth of the facilities for aircraft to operate
and encourage more flights, more emissions and more climate change.”
The three day conference was being hosted by Airports Council
International. The conference was suspended whilst house staff struggled
to remove the floating alarms from the ceiling.