The Jury's "Not Guilty"verdict was certainly a surprise. The Greenpeace defendents had already admitted to their crime and did not deny the 35000 British pounds worth of vandalism to the Kingsnorth coal plant in Kent in the United Kingdom.
During the trial the five defendants said they had acted lawfully, owing to an honestly held belief that their attempt to stop emissions from Kingsnorth would prevent further damage worldwide caused by global warming.
Their aim, they said, was to rein back CO2 emissions and bring urgent pressure to bear on the Government and E.ON to change policies. They insisted their action had caused the minimum amount of damage necessary to close the plant down and constituted a "proportionate response" to the increasing environmental threat.
The acquittal was the second time in a decade that the "lawful excuse" defense has been successfully used by Greenpeace activists in the United Kingdom. In 1999, 28 Greenpeace campaigners were cleared of criminal damage after trashing an experimental field of GM crops in Norfolk, causing a similar amount of damage.
The "lawful excuse" defense allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage such as breaking down the door of a burning house to tackle a fire.
Meanwhile, as the Greenpeace defendents were being being acquitted of their vandalism due to the "lawful excuse" of preventing global warming, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was suggesting another solution to the problem of global warming.
Dr. Pachauri said that people should have one meat-free day a week. He said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems including habitat destruction associated with rearing cattle and other animals. Needless to say, the meat and restaurant industry sharply disagreed.
So, its environmental criminal vandalism and a United Nations suggested diet change to reduce CO2 gas emissions in order to stop man made global warming. It seems that even if CO2 gas is responsible for global warming that the activism of global climate change appears to be more important than any realistic, economic cure.
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