Hastings road protestors to raise climate defence at trial

May 15, 2013 by combehavendefenders

Global mean land-ocean temperature change from 1880–2012, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. The green bars show uncertainty estimates. Source: NASA GISS

Global mean land-ocean temperature change from 1880–2012, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. The green bars show uncertainty estimates. Source: NASA GISS

HASTINGS ROAD PROTESTORS TO RAISE CLIMATE DEFENCE AT TRIAL
Campaigners to appear in Hastings Magistrates Court for pre-trial review this afternoon

Campaigners arrested during peaceful protests against the controversial £100m Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) will today flag their intention to mount a “climate change defence” at their trials in September.

Road transport currently accounts for over a fifth of the UK’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions [2].

The peaceful protests against the Road – which have resulted in 29 arrests to date – have already received national attention [3]. The BHLR is the ‘first and the worst’ of over 190 new road projects that the Government, big business & local councils are pushing throughout England and Wales [4].

Several of the defendants – including physicist Patrick Nicholson and environmental educator Rosa Canadas – will be appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court [5] this afternoon (15 May) for a pre-trial review.

Patrick Nicholson, 48, a medical physicist, of High Street, Hastings said: “I’m pleased that today’s hearing gave us the chance to begin explaining why we had to take peaceful action against the Link Road and in favour of more sustainable alternatives. We will continue fighting for a better deal for local people AND the environment, and to stop this road-to-nowhere and the many others in the pipeline nationally.”

Rosa Canadas, 33, an environmental educator, also of Hastings Old Town, said: “In a week when carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million for the first time in 3 million years [6], it is governments and corporation who should be in the dock for failing to tackle the massive threat of climate change.”

[1] http://www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] “In 2009, domestic transport accounted for 24% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions with the vast majority of this, at around 90% of emissions, coming from road transport.” http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/fcb/cars-and-carbon-dioxide.asp
[3] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/recent-media-coverage/
[4] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/stop-the-zombie-roads-hastings-halloween-action-on-30-october/
[5] The Law Courts Horntye Park Bohemia Road Hastings East Sussex England TN34 1ND
[6] http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/10/carbon-dioxide-highest-level-greenhouse-gas

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