Against a backdrop of a heatwave here in the UK, where the Met Office has issued it’s first ever heat warning for parts of the UK. First ever. And against a backdrop of growing climate chaos, so the wheels of planning turn to decide if a private business can be allowed to build infrastructure that will end up emitting more CO2 to contribute to more warming;
This is the first day of the public inquiry into Bristol Airport expansion – the first of 40 days of deliberation and debate to decide on what has been slated as the most important climate decision facing our region.
The crowd, which grows throughout the morning, has been mustered by XR groups from Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare to take part in three days of protest and outreach to mark the beginning of the inquiry, which will pit the airport against North Somerset Council, who, in February 2020, voted to refuse planning permission for the expansion.
— The Bristol Activist (@BristolActivist) July 20, 2021
— richardpayneITV (@richardpayneitv) July 20, 2021
While the process ponders allowing the airport to expand, here is what is happening in the Climate Crisis;
— Alternative Bristol 🌍 (@Alt_Bristol_) July 20, 2021
Image via Bristol Activist.