Lib Dems Oppose Bristol Airport Expansion

Tackling climate change is more important than cheap flights...

By BathNES Lib Dems 🔶, Jul 10, 2019 1:07

Cabinet member Sarah Warren’s efforts to oppose the expansion of Bristol Airport shows that the Liberal Democrats are taking the climate emergency seriously.

At a time when our local communities are looking at the small ways that we can reduce our impact on the environment, we should not be considering expanding an industry which is one of the leading contributors of dangerous carbon emissions. That is why Liberal Democrat Councillors Sarah Warren and Tim Ball are meeting with their counterparts on North Somerset Council to voice their opposition to the current plan to expand Bristol Airport.

Cllr Warren is a cabinet member for the Climate Emergency, a position created by the new Liberal Democrat administration to reflect the urgency in which we must act to secure carbon neutrality by 2030, in line with B&NES Council’s Climate Emergency motion which was passed in March.   

Cllr Warren said: “Carbon pollution from aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of the greenhouse gas emissions which drive global climate change. Increasing the capacity of Bristol Airport and therefore the number of aircraft flying in and out will exacerbate the problem and that goes against the commitment that we, and indeed North Somerset Council, have made to tackle climate change in declaring a Climate Emergency. I’m delighted our counterparts in North Somerset have agreed to meet with us and hope they will listen to our concerns and take them on board in making their decision.”

Cllr Warren’s comments affirm one of the central manifesto pledges that the Liberal Democrats stood on at the recent local elections: to lead the fight against pollution and climate change. The Liberal Democrats will continue to show the same leadership on environmental issues when the council presents its action plan on how to implement its own targets across the entire authority in September.

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