Dear Geoff, Please stop Heathrow expansion now

October 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Heathrow | Leave a comment
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Dear Geoff Hoon Stop Heathrow Expansion ad in Times 14 October 2008

Dear Geoff Hoon Stop Heathrow Expansion ad in Times 14 October 2008

From: Unions and member organisations

Sent: 14th October 2008

To: Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Subject: Scrap the plans for Heathrow expansion now

Priority: URGENT

Dear Geoff Hoon,

The case for expansion at Heathrow just doesn’t add up and the plans must be scrapped.

If the government pushes ahead with expanding our airports, including Heathrow, the UK will never be able to meet the new target of cutting emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and play its part in fighting climate change.

The economic case for building a third runway is unproven.  With current plans in the region of £13 billion, money would be better spent on a low carbon and efficient high speed rail network linking the UK’s major cities with the rest of Europe.

As trade unions and organisations representing millions of people, we believe this money should be invested in infrastructure like the rail network which would create jobs, generate business and help in the fight against climate change.

Yours sincerely,

UNISON the public service union (about)

tssa the union for people in transport and travel (about)

ASLEF the train drivers’ union (about)

RMT the national union of rail, maritime and transport workers (about)

pcs the public and commercial services union (about)

connect the union for professionals in communications (about)

Campaign to Protect Rural England (about)

GREENPEACE stands for positive change through action (about)

Campaign for Better Transport national experts and local campaigners on climate change and aviation issues (about)

Restore UK a charity that invests in the protection and restoration of natural habitats (projects)

HACAN ClearSkies works to preserve the quality of life for those living around Heathrow airport (about)

NOTRAG No Third Runway Action Group for Heathrow airport (about)

aef the Aviation Environment Federation deals with the adverse environmental impacts of aviation, including noise, air quality, climate change and sustainability issues (about)

2M two million voices against Heathrow expansion

Friends of the Earth exists to protect and improve the conditions for life on Earth, now and for the future (heathrow)

World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the root causes of world poverty, campaigning for action on climate change, access to water, fairer world trade and other policies that keep people poor (about)

green alliance aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that the environment is at the heart of decision-making (about)

Thanks to Richard for telling me about this ad that appeared in the TImes on Tuesday 14 October 2008.  Perhaps you have seen it in other newspapers?


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