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Roads, runways, and airport expansion in the Climate Emergency era

On 18th June the Canadian Government declared a climate emergency. The next day, it approved the controversial Transmountain Pipeline Expansion. If the pipeline is built it could result in up to 600,000 barrels of oil from Alberta's tar sands passing through the port city of Burnaby in British Columbia to reach the export market. The disconnect between these two actions is staggering. It has been described as an example of rank hypocrisy, and has caused many to question whether the "climate emergency" declaration passed by the government is even worth the paper its written on. 

In light of the clear disconnect between the Canadian government's actions and its continued support for new high-carbon infrastructure projects, we thought it worth thinking about what might be happening closer to home. Across the country, local and regional governments have made declarations recognising that we are now living in a climate emergency. According to data collected by Climate Emergency UK over 100 local authorities have passed declarations in the past six months, and they have now been joined by the UK Parliament and the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Many of these declarations have been accompanied by ambitious targets for reaching net zero emissions, with nearly 70 councils setting deadlines for de-carbonisation by 2030.

Tell the government to act on the climate, not expand airports

The government is consulting on its aviation strategy up to 2050 - and it's not good news for the planet. The consultation ends Thursday 20 June (11.45pm)

They claim that the aviation sector can grow to meet rapidly increasing demand, but there's nothing to worry about as this will be 'sustainable growth'....

Unfortunately, sustainable aviation growth is an imaginary concept. In this climate emergency, the only solutions are those focus on reducing demand. Fiddling the figures and pretending everything will be ok is not an option. Can you spare 10 minutes to tell the government this?

Thousands turn out to protest Trump's state visit

The Campaign against Climate Change has joined tens of thousands on Tuesday 4th June to protest against Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. We marched alongside youth strikers, allies from Friends of the Earth and many more. The message was clear - Trump's policy of withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, his fossil fuel cronyism and his attempts to dismantle all US climate action are not just unacceptable but criminal. We stand with those who resist.

Theresa May’s decision to press ahead with a visit from US President Donald Trump ignored the views of millions of British people who believe racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, war-mongering, climate change denial, attacks on human rights and policies that will deepen poverty and inequality should not be celebrated by our government.

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