American activists can look to a group called Plane Stupid to see what creative protest looks like. Back in August, a member of the environmental protest group glued himself to the British Prime Minister in order to get enough time to make his point.
The group is dedicated to pressuring the British government to take serious action to confront the climate crisis. They focus on the role of air travel in contributing to pollution that leads to global warming.
Yesterday, members of the group struck again. They breached security at Stansted airport, just to the north of London, and blocked a runway, stopping flights for several hours, wearing vests that read “Please DO Something”.
That got the government’s attention, all right. Police rammed the protesters with a snowplow.