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Help Stop Heathrow Extensions

PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:49 pm
by wonky_eggs
Hi everyone,

I've just signed up at http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/ to have my name included on the deeds of some land right in the middle of the proposed new runway at Heathrow, London. If you're also against noise, excessive pollution, climate change and a guarantee that the UK will FAIL to meet its carbon targets then please also sign up. It's free, and Greenpeace will handle all legalities.

Thanks,

Barry.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:33 pm
by Killiney
Signed up Barry :)
The UK's never been good for carbon levels and we've got to do something about it, but thing is, not enough people listen :(

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:59 pm
by Killiney
I received an email today from Greenpeace, and it said:

Hey Airplotters,

Thank you to everyone who emailed key Labour MPs and asking them to vote against the third runway yesterday. The response to our email was so huge that we inadvertently overwhelmed a few MP's inboxes – just going to show the strength of feeling about this issue! We were a bit unprepared for the level of enthusiasm we got from you all, so thanks for that.

The opposition to the runway has clearly made its mark on parliament, and when it came to the vote last night, we saw a historic rebellion. Twenty-eight Labour MPs voted against the government's plans to add a third runway to Heathrow – supporting the 'opposition day motion' brought by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. That's a bigger rebellion than even we were expecting – Gordon Brown clearly has a serious political problem on his hands over aviation expansion. It was the biggest Labour rebellion on an opposition motion since they came to power in 1997.

There's a good chunk of coverage about the vote around the web – for a quick couple of bits The Guardian has it along with a list of the Labour MPs who rebelled, or it's also on BBC News. If you want a bit more geeky detail about last night’s vote, revolts.co.uk has an interesting break-down of what happened.

Interestingly, the Labour rebels included three former Labour environment ministers – Michael Meacher, Chris Mullin and Nick Raysnford – who presumably felt they had to vote against the government, given that Heathrow expansion would be a climate change disaster and make it effectively impossible to meet the UK's carbon reduction targets.

MPs with seats local to the airport were also strongly represented in the group of rebels. As a third runway would blight millions of Londoners with more noise and air pollution, and flatten an entire community, it's difficult to see how any MP local to Heathrow could vote with the government and still represent their constituents adequately.

Whatever the government claims, that they have so much difficulty keeping their own MPs in line shows that practically no-one apart from BAA and a few aviation die-hards in the cabinet actually want Heathrow expansion. Last night was a good start – (thanks!) – now we're just really excited about rolling out the Airplot campaign over the coming year. We hope you're excited about being a part of it...

Thanks

Christian Hunt
Thursday 29th January 2009


I'm glad that its not going to go ahead. We'd ruin pretty much everything if it did, and it goes to show that if we all pull together, we can do it! :D
Slán