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Flag it Up! Community Harts Parade – Friday 29th May 11am-4pm

Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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HARTS (Heathrow arts project) is launching a series of community murals on Friday 29th May as the last stop on the ‘Flag it Up’ parade’. The parade will begin at 11am in Harmondsworth; the village which faces almost complete demolition should a 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport be granted by the Government.

Hundreds of children living in the Heathrow villages have made flags based around the theme of ‘home’, that will be displayed on the lamp-posts, to combat the physical and social blight from the airport and the threat of its expansions and demonstrate the future that is strived for by the people of Heathrow.

The flag parade will start by St Mary’s church in Harmondsworth with activities 11am-12pm, walking to Sipson between 12-1pm, lunch at Grow Heathrow 1-2pm, (UB7 0JH), walking to Harlington between 2-3pm and finishing under the mural at Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Church Hall with tea, music and activities, 3-4pm.

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The date coincides with the final day of consultation of Airports Commissions air quality assessment and the mass action camp ‘Reclaim the Power’, where people are highlighting the need, from many different angles, for the UK to cut emissions, reduce reliance on dirty energy and create a more just society.

The ‘Flag it Up!’ parade and the community murals are part of a series of community-led arts projects in the Heathrow villages. Other projects involve landscape art, film and social sculpture. Harts is looking for artists to come to the Heathrow villages to develop projects with the community over 2015, so if you can help get in touch at:

email: communityharts@gmail.com day time phone: o7512 320856

For more info, also see the Community HARTS website: communityharts.org

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Polar Bears Against Airport Expansion Visit Foster + Partners in London

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action | No Comments »

This morning polar bears from Plane Stupid, Grow Heathrow and London Mexico Solidarity visited the headquarters of Foster + Partners in London to express concern about airport expansion and destruction of the world humans and polar bears share.


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From Heathrow to Atenco we say NO to airport expansion and yes to a life-sustaining society for all.

Foster + Partners are the architectural firm contracted to build the new Mexico City airport which if it goes ahead will displace the rural communities in the area, and will cause a major ecological disaster for the valley of Mexico.

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The People’s Front in Defense of the land ( Atenco FPDT ) have been mobilising since 2001 against the project of a new airport, and will continue to do so. And the movement grows.

 


Grow Heathrow shows solidarity with Hambacher Forest in Germany

Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Responding to a recent call out, Grow Heathrow sent wishes of solidarity to Hambacher Forest on Thursday.

Hambacher Forest is a camp comprising four occupations in the Rhineland of Germany, which is protesting against the expansion of one of the largest opencast brown coal mines. The mine is a disaster, not only in terms of the impact on the climate from this dirty fossil fuel, but also for the local residents of the nearby villages that would be destroyed to make way for the mine’s expansion. In addition the natural ecosystem would be totally devastated.

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In recent weeks activists in Hambacher Forest have been carrying out a number of actions against the felling of this ancient forest. There have been a number of arrests and one of the tree-occupations was evicted at the beginning of December.

You can find more information about the occupation and the recent actions at Hambacher Forest’s website.

Grow Heathrow wishes to show support for the continued struggles in Hambacher.

Love and Solidarity

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Heathrow’s expansion plan mired by trust issues at public consultation

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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This Wednesday the Heathrow Park Inn Hotel hosted the Airports Commission’s most recent public consultation on the proposed plans for expanding Heathrow Airport. Local MPs, councillors, campaigners and businessmen gave speeches expressing a range of views regarding the plans, some in support of an expansion and others in vehement opposition.

Headed by Sir Howard Davis, the Airports Commission has been charged with identifying the best course of action for dealing with Britain’s supposed need for a hub airport to compete with other European airports. The panel was presented with the two proposals relevant to this area: a proposal from Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) for a third runway to the northwest of the airport, and independent promoter Heathrow Hub’s rival proposal to lengthen the North runway. These sit alongside a third option to expand Gatwick, due for public consultation later this month.

The panel listened as local MPs John McDonnell and Zac Goldsmith drew attention to the huge scale of the affect an expansion would have on people living in West London. An estimated 4000 homes would be either demolished or rendered unliveable, leading to the break-up of local communities, and hundreds of thousands of people more would be directly affected by greater noise levels and pollution.

HAL CEO John Holland-Kaye’s many promises of fairly mitigating the harms that future generations will face from an expanded Heathrow airport were brought into doubt by Christine Taylor of Stop Heathrow Expansion, who drew attention to HAL’s statement from the Terminal 5 inquiry in 1999 that a third runway should be “ruled out forever”. Moreover, HAL has consistently failed to address the problem of air quality despite pollution levels being higher than EU regulations. The assumptions behind their advertising campaigns’ assurance that Heathrow’s expansion would boost Britain’s economy by £100 billion have been seriously questioned in an independent report by Prime Economics.

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Last week an article in the Sunday Times accused the interest group Back Heathrow of “astroturfing”, feigning to be a grassroots residents organisation representing local people yet funded in the £100,000s by Heathrow. Gatwick Airport’s chairman, Sir Roy McNulty, has accused the group of scaremongering by suggesting in a questionnaire distributed to 750,000 households that without expansion Heathrow would close, as reported on Wednesday in both The Guardian and The Telegraph. In the commission hearing Zac Goldsmith also commented on HAL’s smear campaign against councillor Ray Puddifoot, accusing Heathrow of funding a campaign to undermine the democratic process. When asked by John McDonnell if Heathrow would cease funding of Back Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye avoided giving a definitive answer.

During the consultation climate change was low on the agenda, with only one mention that carbon emissions were relevant to the discussion. The UK Climate Change Act requires legally binding reductions in greenhouse gases, yet increasing air traffic will seriously undermine the aviation industry’s commitment to this goal. In a desire to stimulate debate about the true viability of airport expansion, two environmental activists from Plane Stupid held up a banner from the hotel entrance canopy that read ‘Any new runway is Plane Stupid’, as reported in the local Uxbridge Gazette.


New Video: “You can’t evict an idea”

Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Film, legal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow: Resisting Eviction from Sean Richard on Vimeo.

Nearly five years later the group has cleared 30 tonnes of rubbish and runs a popular community space called Grow Heathrow with a bicycle workshop, food-growing club, renewable energy courses, and an art space.

On Friday the 15th of August, after a three year court battle, bailiffs arrived for the first time to evict the group and were met with nearly 200 people supporting Grow Heathrow to continue the project.

The bailiffs will be returning soon and the members of community garden are preparing with various resistance tactics. The group are trying to negotiate with the owner to buy the land with the support of John McDonnell MP and the Sipson Resident’s Association.

To follow their story see:

transitionheathrow.com @transheathrow

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Video by film-maker Sean Richard


We’re Still Here! But more to come…

Posted: August 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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WE DID IT, TOGETHER WE RESISTED AN EVICTION TODAY!

THANK YOU

everyone who helped resist the eviction at Grow Heathrow, the chefs, live band, bike powered smoothie makers, seed sowers, climbers, people locked on, Jonathan Goldberg for photos, organisers and more…

BUT….

Unfortunately this is not the end…

The Bailiffs may return any day without warning…

 to try and evict Grow Heathrow once more… we will need to come together again for this…Email us your phone number if you want to be part of the phone tree or join the mailing list on the website: http://www.transitionheathrow.com… info@transitionheathrow.com Come down and visit, stay and help the site run

Check out some of the national news stories from today:

BBCGuardianLondon Live, Get West London, and more

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HELP SAVE GROW HEATHROW – EVICTION RESISTANCE – FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST 8AM

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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How Can You Help???

 

Spread the word

Tell the story, we are the media.

Also retweet/facebook/spread the flyers etc

twitter.com/transitionheathrow

 

Donate

Donate button on the website, and wishlist incase you prefer to donate in non-monetary forms.

http://www.transitionheathrow.com/

 

Join the photo campaign

Add a photo of yourself and send it in!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grow-Heathrow-Photo-Campaign/290379470992537

 

Find a role

We always need more people helping with media, bike mechanics, maintaining the plants etc

 

Come along!

We’ve got our talks, workshop and music confirmed for this Thursday 14th / Friday 15th August.  It all kicks off at 12 noon on Thursday. See you there!


TIME-TABLE

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

TIME TABLE

Any changes to the timetable will be updated on the website

Thursday 14th August

12pm Introductions / Grow Heathrow Q&A

1pm Lunch Break

2pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow

3pm HACAN talk and Q&A with John Stewart: How local resistance beats airport expansion

4pm NOTRAG talk and Q&A: The Heathrow villages fighting the 3rd runway, plus plans for the future.

5pm Wellbeing session

6pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow

7pm Know Your Rights training

8pm Dinner

9pm Live music

 

Friday 15th August:


 *********** 8am Bailiffs Arrive ************

8am Onwards – General activities on site and outside the gate including: General resistance, music making, smoothie bicycle, wellbeing and more

If you want to help out with making the day run in any way, please let us know (examples include cooking meals, leading games, music sessions, improving the hot water system, bringing workshops etc)

 


Reclaim the Power and get the frack out of here: 14-20 Aug

Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Energy, Events | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Dates for your diary: get involved to stop fracking in the UK

19 – 20 July, Nottingham: Build the site! Making radical spaces happen from the ground up is a big job, but it needn’t be a mystery. So we are dedicating part of this gathering to site training! There will be something for everyone, with all levels of knowledge and mobility.

More details at nodashforgas.org.uk, @nodashforgas and on Facebook

14-20 August, Location TBA: Action camp

Take on the frackers! The action camp will be at a fracking site and to keep the industry in suspense, the exact location and travel information will be revealed near the time. ;) Hunt the Facebook event page for clues as they are revealed…

*Support the community fightback
*Get skilled up and take direct action
*Build the world you want to see

August 14th-20th

What? - This year the target is fracking – a form of ‘extreme energy’ that threatens our human rights to a safe climate, clean water and a healthy local environment. - New fracking sites are being opened across the country every month. Up to 60% of England is under threat - Reclaim the Power will support a community on the frontline fighting fracking and join the dots between climate, social and economic justice - Alternatives exist here and now – we could create a million climate jobs, reduce energy demand and convert to community and publicly owned renewables

Why? - We need to reclaim OUR power. The government wants to drill under our homes, keep us hooked on fossil fuels and keep our energy in private, profiteering hands. - Meanwhile, climate change is getting worse, fuel poverty is killing people and economic and social crises are hitting us harder every day - We can stop this. We can stop fracking and build a democratic and clean energy system that works for us. The UK has a long history of civil disobedience, from the suffragettes to the disability rights movements.

How? - We’ll share skills, meet friends, participate in workshops and take mass civil disobedience.

Get involved and get inspired – let’s take on the frackers and win!

Nodashforgas.org.uk  @nodashforgas Action camp on Facebook

We CAN stop fracking in the UK!


50,000 mobilised against Nantes expansion

Posted: March 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Peasant mobilization was strong in Nantes, where the procession was attended by 530 tractors.

A huge protest took place in Nantes on 22nd February, against the planned new replacement airport to be built at Notre Dame des Landes, some miles to the north. The organisers estimated some 50,000 protesters, who came in from supportive groups from regions all across France. There are reported to have been 65 coach loads of protesters who travelled to Nantes to take part, and 520 tractors, brought by supportive farmers from surrounding areas. The protests were put down with considerable force by the police, using water canon, rubber bullets and tear gas.

The full report is at Airport Watch, including an article from Le Monde, video of police response, and a blog from John Stewart of HACAN about the origins of the resistance to the airport.

John Stewart’s blog from 24 February begins:

In a blog about the huge demonstration, part of which turned in to rioting, at Nantes against the proposed  new airport, John Stewart looks at how this protest came about – and its relevance to other large infrastructure projects in Europe. The Nantes protest organisers say as many as 50,000 people attended, from supportive protest committees from areas across France. The politics of this airport project have taken on national interest and significance, and also linked into opposition to “Les Grands Projets Inutiles Imposes” (useless, imposed mega-projects).  The people passionately fighting plans for a new airport in unspoiled French farming countryside are linked to those opposing HS2 and other schemes like a high-speed rail in Northern Italy and cyanide-mined gold extraction project in Romania. All these projects have managed to get support from very disparate sections of society. They all have real doubts about the economics or the necessity of the project; also they have land, homes, countryside or communities to defend; there is significant local opposition; and they also attract in outside opposition, from people with a variety of  perspective as well as environmental.