Greenpeace, celebrities and politicians buy Heathrow land to delay third runway
In a genius attempt to stop the construction of a third runway at the Heathrow airport in the UK the TV impressionist Alastair McGowan has bought a piece of the Heathrow third runway site along with Emma Thompson, Zac Goldsmith and Greenpeace.
If constructed the third runway would make Heathrow UK's single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. It's expected that the airport would emit nearly 27 million tonnes of CO2 every year. A sum that is equivalent to the emissions of 57 of the least polluting countries in the world combined. But McGowan, Thompson, Goldsmith and Greenpeace hopes to stall or even stop the third runway completely by dividing up the plot to people around the world.
Greenpeace says they will "resist all attempts at compulsory purchase and will represent millions of people from across the world at any planning inquiry." And that their "lawyers are now examining ways in which all of our owners can act as a legal obstacle to plans for a third runway at our busiest airport". So far over 5000 people have signed up for a piece of the plot.
Emma Thompson said: "I don't understand how any government remotely serious about committing to reversing climate change can even consider these ridiculous plans. It's laughably hypocritical. That's why we've bought a plot on the runway. We'll stop this from happening even if we have to move in and plant vegetables."
"It's a very good time to enter the property market. If BAA want my patch they will have to negotiate with me â€“ and why would I want to sell it to them?" said Kramer.
McGowan said: "The government is sticking two fingers up to the environment and the people of this world. By giving this runway the go-ahead Gordon Brown is effectively holding a giant blow torch to the polar ice-caps and saying 'Melt, Melt !'"
If you want your very own piece of the land you can sign up here.
Here comedian Alastair McGowan explains why he joined the Airplot to stop Heathrow expansion:
Conservative Party green advisor Zac Goldsmith explains why he's part of Airplot, a group who've bought land in the middle of Heathrow airport's proposed 3rd runway, and who say they will never sell it to BAA or allow the airport operator's bulldozers onto their site: