December 1, 2020
From Alternative Bristol (UK)

There is something bonkers about a national Labour Party that wants action on climate change – but a local mayor in Marvin Rees who’s happy to see the expansion of a C02 emitting airport. There is something odd when a Tory Metro mayor, Tim Bowles, also supports an airport expansion, despite the sort-of ‘green’ push of the national government. Except that is not how most politicians sadly work when it comes to ; lots of words, little action. We need action and now.

One positive on climate locally, there was North Somerset council, led by an independent councillor, which rejected the expansion. This victory needs to be protected! As such, there’s this petition;

After a massive outcry North Somerset rejected the Airport’s expansion plans. But the Airport are appealing the decision at an upcoming planning inquiry. By joining together it can be stopped!

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and Metro Mayor for the West of England, Tim Bowles, have both expressed support for the expansion.

We are asking them to change their minds and call for the Airport to drop its plans to expand. Their opposition could be the deciding factor at the planning enquiry.

At the time of writing, there were 112 signatures needed to hit the next milestone of 400. Signing this is not enough, but if you want too, it is something! (Note the petition is run by Bristol Green Party)

There is also a Golden Motion going before Bristol City Council soon;

Protect the Next Generation – Stop Bristol Airport Expansion

Full Council notes that:
· Bristol City Council has led the way in declaring climate and ecological emergencies.
· The proposed expansion of Bristol Airport is one of the biggest carbon decisions in the region for the coming decade.

Full Council:
· Opposes the proposed expansion of Bristol Airport.
· Calls on Bristol’s Mayor to publicly oppose the proposed expansion and write to the planning inspector hearing the appeal to formally object to the airport’s expansion plans.

Which should be interesting! Remember, this question of pollution is not just limited to C02;