No New Runways: September 12 2015, London, an afternoon of debate and action
New runways in the UK threaten to fuel runaway climate change. Join our campaign to stop airport expansion from irreversibly damaging our environment. This autumn MPs are being asked to choose between expanding Heathrow (favoured by the Airports Commission) or Gatwick airports. That's the wrong question. Either option could prevent us from honouring binding national commitments to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, and will risk blighting millions of lives for generations to come.
At the Paris climate change summit in December we must agree a deal to limit our greenhouse gas emissions. However, unlike a country, the aviation industry will not face a binding requirement to tackle its emissions as part of the new international deal in Paris – unless we can raise public awareness and shift the thinking on this.
We need to move beyond the current debate: the old arguments claim that new runways are needed to boost the economy and enable people to get about. New thinking points to more sustainable transport solutions that will benefit all. This event explores a new direction with practical proposals, and how we can try to stop airport expansion once and for all.
Speakers at the event will speak on the following topics:
- Why you can't expand aviation whilst tackling climate change
- What an alternative transport future looks like
- Next steps: how we can campaign effectively for climate justice
A programme for the event can be found, here.
A briefing on the conflict between expanding aviation whilst tackling climate change can be found, here.
Chairs: Sian Berry, the London Mayoral Candidate for the Greens, Jonathan Essex (South East Green Party chair); John Stewart, Hacan
Speakers confirmed: Dr Alice Bows-Larkin (Tyndall Centre); Christine Taylor (Stop Heathrow Expansion); Brendon Sewill (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign); Leo Murray (A Free Ride); Greenpeace; Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth); Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace; Dr Rupert Read (Green Party transport spokesperson)
Places are free but you need to RSVP to secure your place. We are asking all those who can afford it to make a donation of at least £10 to cover the cost of the event and campaign. You can do that here or after making your RSVP. Thank you.
We're also asking you to upload a photo of yourself with our No New Runways sign at a place special to you which is ruined by aviation impacts. You can do that here.
Event partners include: Hacan; Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign; SHE; Airport Watch; CAGNE; Friends of the Earth; Greenpeace
235 Shaftesbury Ave
London WC2H 8EP
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