Pledge Against Airport Expansion
Alive and Kicking !!!15 June 2006
Welcome to Campaign Update!
Well done to everyone who has been working so hard to raise awareness about the dangers of the government airport expansion programme !!!
Although we have been experiencing problems with the general website, we have been working very hard here in the office, spreading the word about the Pledge.
We now have over 4000 people who have registered their opposition by signing our online pledge, sending a clear message to the decision makers that the people of this country are clearly against the decimation of our skies and our environment by such a huge increase in aviation.
Watch this space !
Green Party Joins the Pledge Against Airport Expansion
23 October 2004
The Green Party joined the coalition of groups supporting the Airport Pledge today when its conference in West Super Mare voted unanimously to endorse the campaign. It is currently the only political party opposing the expansion of the aviation sector.
"Aviation is the fastest growing source of the CO2 emissions which cause global warming," commented Green Party transport speaker Alan Francis. "The Labour government's disastrous airport expansion proposals will mean millions more flights and much more pollution. It must be stopped."
Spencer Fitz-Gibbon, a member of the party's national executive who has written much of the party's campaign material making the social, economic and environmental case against aviation expansion, added: "The Air Traffic Bill was a milestone, because it meant one of the houses of parliament had actually agreed that aviation emissions must be drastically reduced. But Bills passed by the Lords go nowhere unless taken up in the House of Commons. So we need more people to lobby the bigger parties to make sure this Bill comes into law. It's a crucial plank in the fight against climate change"
Commenting on the broader aspects of the Airport Pledge including its reference to direct action, Fitz-Gibbon - who was twice arrested during months of non-violent protests against Manchester airport's second runway in 1997 - said that "Many Green Party activists have taken part in non-violent direct action including against airport expansion. Direct action is a vital component of radical politics in a system where vested economics interests exercise so much power and the democratic deficit is so immense
"A campaign as comprehensive and inclusive as this will not only stimulate greater awareness and more action. It will also help the different strands of campaigning to gel together and reinforce one another."
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Pledge Against Airport Expansion Launched
8 October 2004
The Pledge Against Airport Expansion was officially launched today. The launch press release is available on our Media Centre pages and press coverage of the launch is available on our Pledge in the News page. Check back here soon for more updates as the campaign develops.
8 October 2004
The Government's Aviation White Paper, published in December 2003, outlined the biggest single programme of expansion the UK will have ever seen. We have produced a clear summary of the reasons why the plan to expand airports is to catastrophically flawed. See The Case Against Airport Expansion.