Climate change talk by groups against Gatwick and Heathrow expansion

Proposed plan for new runway at  Gatwick Airport SUS-150302-164645001
Proposed plan for new runway at Gatwick Airport SUS-150302-164645001

People have been invited to a climate change talk by campaigners against expanding Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

The Green Party and campaign groups in London and South East regions have joined a ‘no new runways’ campaign.

Brendon Sewill of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign and Keith Taylor Green Party MEP for South East were among the speakers for the event on September 12.

Mr Sewill said: “A decision to go ahead with a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick would be a serious set-back for climate change policy. The cost would be paid by future generations.”

The Airports Commission has backed Heathrow’s bid for a third runway.

Central government is due to make a decision over which airport to expand in the autumn.

Jonathan Essex, chair of South East Green Party said: “Either option – or expanding elsewhere - will prevent us from honouring binding national commitments to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, and will risk blighting millions of lives for generations to come.”

The campaign partners include: Hacan; Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign; Stop Heathrow Expansion; Airport Watch; Community Against Gatwick Noise Emissions; Friends of the Earth; Greenpeace.

People can book for the event at 2pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on http://www.segreens.com/no_new_runways

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