There is already saturation coverage of the health and social issues surrounding coronavirus; West London Friends of the Earth sees no need to add to the comment. However, we do need to mention some environmental issues.
There is a grave danger that action on the environment will stall or, worse, go backwards.
In the US, Trump has given companies the freedom to ignore pollution laws.
Here in the UK, there are worries that planners and developers are looking to push through controversial and unsustainable planning applications at a time when full public scrutiny is not possible.
As a famous person said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
It’s very interesting how governments around the world are prepared to impose draconian measures to address coronavirus. Yet when it comes to climate change – which is much more predictable and is a much greater threat than coronavirus – governments are refusing to take action.
Say No to Heathrow Expansion
- Air pollution near round Heathrow plummets during lockdown - Pollution from Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has plummeted due to the lockdown. NO2 is one of the key pollutants, whose levels regularly breach European and UK health standards. (The other main… … Continue reading "Air pollution near round Heathrow plummets during lockdown"
- ‘Build Back Better’. And that applies to aviation too! - There has been a lot of discussion about how we will and should come out of the pandemic. Many people have come to realise that there are more important things… … Continue reading "‘Build Back Better’. And that applies to aviation too!"
- Heathrow challenges court decision on climate change - Friends of the Earth and others won a landmark court case in February 2020 on the grounds of climate change, but Heathrow has shamefully appealed the decision. The Appeal Court… … Continue reading "Heathrow challenges court decision on climate change"
- What a nerve! Airlines want massive public bailout with no strings attached. - This is what Greenpeace says: During one of the biggest health and economic crises of our time, polluting airlines in the UK are asking for huge government bailouts. They want… … Continue reading "What a nerve! Airlines want massive public bailout with no strings attached."
- Guided by science ?? - The government keeps saying it is guided by the science when it comes to coronavirus. So why does it ignores the science, evidence and logic when it comes to aviation… … Continue reading "Guided by science ??"
- Coronavirus - For general comment (very brief) see Home Page … Continue reading "Coronavirus"
- Government seems to have no intent to control aviation emissions - The government has launched a consultation on transport and climate change. While it seems surprisingly ambitious on road traffic, it totally fudges the issue of aviation. This is obvious when… … Continue reading "Government seems to have no intent to control aviation emissions"
- Airline bosses to ask for £7.5 billion bailout to survive Coronavirus - UK Airline bosses to ask for £7.5 billion bailout to survive Coronavirus. What a nerve! Airlines, more than any other, spread diseases like Coronavirus (Covid-19) round the world. They should… … Continue reading "Airline bosses to ask for £7.5 billion bailout to survive Coronavirus"
- Victory on Heathrow in the Appeal Court - The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the campaigners - including Friends of the Earth - who took the government to court over the third runway. The key… … Continue reading "Victory on Heathrow in the Appeal Court"
- Government and cronies mislead public on aviation and climate change - More and more people now realise that massive increases in flying and a third runway at Heathrow are inconsistent with the UK’s and worldwide climate targets. The government’s own Committee… … Continue reading "Government and cronies mislead public on aviation and climate change"
A third runway would mean nearly 50% more flights and passengers per day. There would be huge local impacts – noise; air pollution; congestion; danger from accidents; loss of homes; destruction of communities and amenities; damage to wildlife and habitats.
At a wider level it would contribute to climate change and, remarkably, the government’s own analysis shows there is no net benefit to the UK economy. See links below for more on these issues.
The Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), which recommended a third runway at Heathrow, was presented to Parliament on 5th June 2018. We consider it to be one of the most dishonest and misleading documents ever presented to Parliament. Seek links below which explain how and why. Vote in Parliament – see blog.
So who is responsible for this misrepresentation to MPs and Parliament? Here