Help! News of BA plane crash landing at Heathrow airport highlights dangers …January 19, 2008 at 3:58 am | Posted in Climate change, CO2 emissions, Emissions trading, Environment, GHG emissions, Global warming, Greenhouse gases, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, Help, NAP, URGENT! | 3 Comments
… for residents in flight paths. But there is a larger disaster looming: climate change. Heathrow expansion under DfT proposals for Adding capacity at Heathrow airport will add an extra 3 Mt CO2 (three million tonnes of carbon dioxide) emissions every year. The UK’s National Allocation Plan (NAP) already puts pressure on power companies to cut emissions, and this increases that pressure.
Flights to and from London Heathrow airport (LHR) follow take-off and landing paths right over our house. We endure them at most hours of the day and night. Fair enough. We enjoy the benefits that accompany having the world’s busiest airport on our doorstep, as well as its drawbacks.
The larger global disaster looming, though, is getting little coverage by the media. Significant aggravation of climate change, due to extravagant growth in greenhouse gas emissions by the aviation industry through the proposed Heathrow expansion, is swept under the carpet in the ill-advised Consultation document titled Adding capacity at Heathrow airport sanctioned by our own Government.
Residents here have a problem, and so do you if you care about the future of our planet: the British Government supports Department for Transport (DfT) proposals which advance the personal and private desires of British Airports Authority (BAA) and British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic chief executives for Heathrow expansion. These airlines have written persuasive emails to their executive and flying club members suggesting and requesting support for expansion of Heathrow.
Millions of residents oppose proposals for Adding capacity at Heathrow airport.
Somehow, we need to get the climate change message out to a broader audience than our local area newspapers. The public are ready for it.
Even in our community many have watched announcements on telly and are not engaged in the Consultation process because they have been led to believe that Adding capacity at Heathrow airport is a done deal. The Transport Minister, Ruth Kelly, has made up her mind. So have front-benchers.
We need to raise awareness of the climate change implications of our government’s blinkered view.
The top three questions of a list of 20 prepared for residents to demand answers from Ruth Kelly are:
1. Have you assessed the climate change impact of the extra three million tonnes per annum of CO2 emissions produced by the third runway alone?
2. Can you explain why the aviation industry, uniquely, can expect other industries to make its emissions reductions for it?
3. How do you reconcile the government’s stated objectives for achieving emissions reductions with its advocacy of further expansion at Heathrow?
We need a wider audience for this: national newspapers, international magazines, facebook, myspace, YouTube …
Can you help us, please?