We call on the Government to scrap the Aviation White Paper and end the hypocracy surrounding aviation. If this is not met, we are calling on public action and invite all groups and individuals who care about the environment and social justice to take non-violent direct action to disrupt Glasgow Airport on 10/10/2010.
In 2009 the Scottish Government passed the Climate Change Bill, which commits Scotland to a 42% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and yet the Government is still pushing the Aviation White Paper which aims at airport expansion to 2-3 times current levels in the same time period. This hypocracy must end. Scrap the Aviation White Paper!
The damage of aviation
Flying is a particularly British problem: we fly more than twice as much as any other nation (including America) and aviation accounts for 13% of our greenhouse gas emissions. In Scotland, a third of flights are to London and and over half are within the UK. People living under the flightpath have to bear incessent noise pollution, even during the night. The mad thing is that high speed rail can provide a practical, sustainable solution.