Protesters have their own say

MEMBERS of Plane Stupid put information about the protest on their own website.

MEMBERS of Plane Stupid put information about the protest on their own website.

Lily Kember, aged 21, said: "We're here because our parents' generation has failed us and its now down to young people to stop climate change by whatever peaceful means we have left.

“We're afraid of what the police might do to us, we're afraid of going to jail but nothing scares us as much as the threat of runaway climate change.

“We've thought through the consequences of what we're doing here but we're determined to stop as many tonnes of CO2 as we can."

Another protester, known only as Tilly, 21, said: “We all grew up listening to Blair and Brown talking about the urgent need to slash emissions, but nothing ever happened.

“Even now politicians from our parents' generation are in Poland holding talks about talks, but still nobody's actually doing anything.

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“The scientists tell us we've got about seven years to make emissions peak then drop, and if we fail it will be the people on this runway, and our children, who'll live with the consequences. That's why I'm doing this."

And 24-year-old Daniel said: "We fully appreciate the scale of what we've done here today and we know many people will struggle to understand why we've done it, but the Arctic ice cap is disappearing, the seas are rising and our last chance to save our future is vanishing.

“With people taking more flights in Britain than anywhere else on earth, we have a unique responsibility to tackle emissions from flying."