South East Greens have pledged a long and hard campaign to fight off expansion at Heathrow – or any other South East airport - in light of the climate threat.Read more
Local communities and individuals affected by the blight of airports and flight paths are invited to join together on September 12, at an event linking aviation expansion and climate change. The Green Party has joined forces with campaign groups at Heathrow, Gatwick and others in the South East and London to say “no new runways”.
This autumn MPs are being asked to choose between expanding Heathrow (favoured by the Airports Commission) or Gatwick airports and some MPs in Surrey and London are taking the opportunity to play off one against the other.
Jonathan Essex, Chair of South East Green Party, says: “That’s the wrong question. Either option – or expanding elsewhere - will 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”.
Christine Taylor of Stop Heathrow Expansion: “The devastation caused by a third runway at Heathrow will go far beyond the airport boundary. Climate change threatens everyone.”
Brendon Sewill of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign: “A decision to go ahead with a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick would be a serious set-back for climate change policy. The cost would be paid by future generations.”
Speakers at the event at 2pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church include Keith Taylor MEP; Christine Taylor (Stop Heathrow Expansion); Brendon Sewill (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign); Leo Murray (A Free Ride); Greenpeace; Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth).
Anyone interested in seeing off airport expansion once and for all can book here http://www.segreens.com/no_new_runways
Campaign partners include: Hacan; Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign; Stop Heathrow Expansion; Airport Watch; CAGNE; Friends of the Earth; Greenpeace
Notes to editors: any media wanting to attend on September 12 or to have more information nearer the time please get in touch
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It's the air that we breathe, the water we drink, our parks and countryside.
Whilst the other parties talk about protecting the environment, it is only Greens who will take the action needed. Governments must prioritise action on climate change to avoid devastating harm to the economy, society and environment. A rapid transition to a zero carbon economy will create millions of jobs and secure a safe climate for our children and grandchildren.
- Take serious action on climate change by working with other countries to ensure global temperatures do not rise beyond 2 degrees.
- Phase out fossil-fuel based energy generation and nuclear power.
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