No free pass to pollute! Climate change, aviation and shipping
All welcome at our meeting to discuss these crucial issues and find out about actions coming up.
26 February 7-8.45pm, Friends of the Earth, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road SW9 0HP *Note venue change*
While climate activists try and get governments to engage meaningfully with their commitments under the Paris climate deal, it's easy to forget that two major industrial sectors were excluded from the deal - aviation and shipping.
In April, negotiators will come to London from around the world to decide on climate targets for the shipping industry. While Pacific islands and some European nations are pushing for high ambition, other proposals on the table have no meaningful emissions cuts. These talks usually go under the radar and have been described as 'captured by corporations' but we can't afford for that to happen this time. Update from Aoife O'Leary of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Meanwhile, the aviation industry does have an international agreement to cut emissions - but it has holes so big you could fly a jumbo jet through it. And the UK government is determined to push through a third runway at Heathrow despite the Committee on Climate Change repeatedly pointing out that this would presumably make us miss our climate targets. With MPs voting on the third runway this summer, Cait Hewitt of the Aviation Environment Federation will help unravel the misinformation and spin to understand what's at stake.
The Printworks is about 5 minutes walk north of Stockwell, or 10 minutes south of Oval. When you arrive you'll need to buzz reception to get access, sign in at reception on the ground floor and then come upstairs to the first floor.