Adopt A Resident

 

Young activists were paired with local residents to form a coalition to fight airport expansion.

Young activists were paired with local residents to form a coalition to fight airport expansion.

I went to Adopt a Resident day a few days ago at the church in Harmondsworth, the village next to Sipson.  The function brought activists from Plane Stupid, Greenpeace and other organizations together with local residents from the surrounding Heathrow villages.  The idea is simple.  Have the activists not only be a voice for residents but also show the residents how to fight against airport expansion.  Since many of the local residents have been fighting the runway for almost a decade, some have grown tired of railing against it.  Hopefully this will reinvigorate the passion for those that it may have waned.

The Great Barn.  It is pretty grand.

The Great Barn. It is pretty grand.

After the meeting and “adoption” took place, we all had a chance to view the Great Barn in Harmondsworth.  The barn dates from the mid-1400s.  It’s inside is amazing.  Cathedral-like in its presence, it was awe-inspiring to be inside.  The barn was built without the aid of nails screws or any hardware that is used in today’s construction.  From building my own kitchen table back in LA with tongue and groove method and no nails, I had my own special fondness for the place.  It took me around 3 months to make my table.  Consider how long it would have taken to construct this barn using the same methods.  Amazing.  And to think there will be junbo jets flying straight overhead if BAA and the government has it’s way.  I tend to think the barn won’t last another 500 years if there are 747s rumbling overhead.

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One Response to “Adopt A Resident”

  1. Adopt A Resident .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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