Aviation already accounts for almost 15% of the UK’s contribution to climate change. To make matters worse, aviation is the UK’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse-gas emissions. By 2050, flying could account for more than 50% of the UK’s contribution to climate change
Plane Stupid is a coalition of airport residents and environmentalists who use direct action to stop the destruction of the environment and communities caused by airport expansion and aviation. Plane Stupid is working towards a fundamental rethink of the government’s 2003 Aviation White Paper which predicts that air travel will treble by 2030: an increase in annual plane journeys from 180 million to 501 million. They want to see airport expansion plans scrapped, a tax on aviation fuel and an end to short haul flights. APE funding will enable Plane Stupid to get their important message across to a wider audience.
STOP PRESS. On 11th October 2009 the airport operator BAA bowed to opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport. It will not now submit a planning application before the UK general election and will not sign large contracts to ‘bounce’ a future Conservative government into accepting it. For more details: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6869676.ece