Climate change is the biggest story in the world and our greatest challenge – and we have known for some years that aviation growth could be disastrous for climate change.
On October 8th of last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC) produced a report based on 6000 scientific studies. It should alarm and motivate everyone to action – individuals, organisations, businesses, central and local government.
Even young children know the importance of taking action to prevent further climate change. A passionate plea to do something, isn’t it? As the girl in the video says, we already know what to do.
At Luton Airport, taking passenger numbers from 16 to 38 million is the most unsustainable thing possible. To save humanity, Heathrow, Luton and airports across the world must stop expanding. Here are some facts and figures to explain why this is an absolute must
“The planet is 1 degree centigrade hotter than pre-industrial levels. It would reach the crucial 1.5C warming as early as 2030 under current greenhouse gas emission levels: risking wildfires, extreme droughts, floods (including coastal towns), and serious famine. Insects, vital for crop pollination, and plants are twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. Coral reefs and large numbers of fish would be lost. Implications for ecosystem function could be huge.” UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 8 Oct 2018
“We only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it.” IPCC board member Amjad Abdulla
“We must get serious about decarbonising and meeting our climate change targets”
John McDonnell, Deputy Lab leader, talking about IPCC report and opposing Heathrow expansion
“We have 12 years to radically change behaviour to limit climate catastrophe. Governments must make rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” United Nations
- The fastest growing cause of climate change is flying
- Luton is the fastest growing airport
- So, Luton is the fastest growing cause of climate crisis.
We repeat – taking passenger numbers from 16 to 38 million is the most unsustainable thing possible, and cannot be allowed to happen.
This Michael Mann interview shows exactly why Luton Airport cannot be allowed to expand.
Links to campaign started by Maja Rosén, founder of Swedish campaign Flygfritt2019, tells us what motivates her, and why she is encouraging her fellow countrymen to stop flying.