Calling all students! Help Stop Heathrow Expansion. Please ;-)

January 25, 2008 at 11:11 am | Posted in Bristol University, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge University, Climate action, Climate change, Edinburgh University, Exeter University, Facebook, Global warming, Groups, Hadley Centre, Imperial College London, Manchester University\, Met Office, Natural History Museum, NERC, Networks, Online, Oxford University, Petitions, Reading University, Southampton University, Stanford University, Students, Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia | 6 Comments
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The green button on Stop Heathrow Expansion site takes you straight to a Stop Heathrow Expansion petition:

Stop Heathrow Expansion petition ~ click to reach petition and please sign!

Facebook members please check out the three top Facebook groups with Stop Heathrow Expansion in the title, or start your own group at any university (including those tagged above which have advanced climate change research centres).

We need to spread the word that there is a rally a month from now in Central Hall Westminster and I do not want to be one of the youngest people there! Well, I may take my three kids, but that would be cheating 😉

The meetings I have attended so far (one example in the account below) have definitely had many more older attendees.

Stop Heathrow Expansion is an inclusive campaign—you are all welcome. It is in danger of remaining exclusive because many older people rely on paper leaflets, newspapers, word of mouth and telephone calls. We have to make more gigantic waves online!

Parties unite to fight Heathrow expansion

By Michelle Curran, Richmond & Twickenham Times, 25 January 2008

Emotions ran high at a packed public meeting in Richmond over plans to expand Heathrow airport.

Almost 500 people gathered in Duke Street Church on Friday night for the event organised by the Richmond Heathrow Campaign and Richmond Council, which saw speakers from across the political spectrum united in their opposition to the Government’s plans.

Leader of the council Councillor Serge Lourie opened the meeting to a round of applause by saying: “We are absolutely clear this is an all party fight against the expansion of Heathrow. We think 400,000 flights a year is enough.”

Campaign director for Future Heathrow Lord Clive Soley was jeered by the crowd as he claimed Heathrow needed to expand to become a hub airport to benefit the region’s economy.

Deputy leader Coun Stephen Knight said: “We know that the airport represents a vital role for London’s economy but we are very strongly opposed to the never ending expansion of Heathrow and we are determined that we will do everything we can on your behalf to fight these proposals.”

Leader of the opposition Coun Nick True added to the fighting spirit and said: “We need to display unity as a community and if we can do that I am convinced we can win.”

After each of the panel spoke, the floor was opened for comments and questions.

Simon Darling from Richmond said: “I think it is shocking the age of people in the room today. It’s old. There are a lot of young parents not here this evening who aren’t even touched by this. This campaign needs to get much smarter.”

One man questioned the speakers about the amount of money set aside for a fighting fund.

John Stewart, chairman of aviation pressure group Hacan ClearSkies, said: “Money is coming from a different number of sources. To give you an exact figure right now is difficult.”

One resident suggested the council should appoint an aviation cabinet member to highlight the importance of the impact of the airport on the borough following criticism that the panel had not gained enough national publicity.

A further meeting will be held in Clarendon Hall, York House, on Tuesday, 12 February 2008, starting at 7pm.

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  1. […] has has a series of posts lately about the proposed Heathrow Expansion. The lastest being Calling all students! Help Stop Heathrow Expansion. Please. I don’t live anywhere close to Heathrow, but for what it’s worth here’s my […]

  2. This was also the case at the Putney meeting (mostly oldies) – see my comment at the end of this local paper article:

    Like Helen who commented after me, I don’t exactly see why anyone and everyone should see who my real life friends are, or indeed why anyone would want to. So I have passed on Facebook for now.

    But I’ll see what I can do at a major London university I happen to work at – I never really thought of that before. I have several posters I can put around the place.

    The Putney meeting was in a church. I bet that put off the yoof quite a bit. As it happens I was not cornered and asked to become a friend of Jesus, but that would be some people’s worry.

  3. And I’d be weary of using Facebook for other reasons. See;


  4. Heathrow should consider the Split-Runway [SR]concept, which provides about the same benefit
    as the third runway would.

  5. Thanks for your comments. I would not recommend anyone sign up for Facebook. However, millions of people have done so, and I know loads of Facebook users personally. They can spread the word about stopping Heathrow expansion, but I wondered whether a nudge might help?
    Sometimes it seems that it is all too easy to live in our own cocoons and comfort zones. It would be good to have more crossover between different online worlds as well as the offline world. For example, I am now looking at paper versions of local newspapers as well as visiting them online. I don’t find it pleasant, as you cannot search, nor save easily, and it uses up trees (!) but at least I am trying to extend and meet people where they are 😉

  6. Sorry inel, was being a bit provocative throwing the CIA connection in there.

    I applaud your intentions to widen the protest circle and find your observations about off-line = older folk & online = younger audience interesting. Signing petitions on-line has become the less time intensive lifestyle option is seems but it means those people aren’t really getting directly involved to make a sustained impact for change.

    Luckily people of all ages still go on marches and there was the recent Heathrow camp.

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