Vote expected Monday - take action today
Labour has said that Heathrow expansion does not meet their 'four tests' - but will allow MPs a free vote. SNP MPs could also tip the vote. The Committee on Climate Change have written a letter warning the government that aviation emissions must not be allowed to grow above the limit that was planned for, and expressing surprise that the transport minister's statement about Heathrow did not even mention climate change.
Please email your MP today (whatever party they belong to) about the importance of this vote.
For information, it may be easiest to copy and paste the text below, but do introduce it with a few words about why this is important to you. What may seem to be a lot of technical details underly a huge issue of social justice and betrayal of future generations.
And don't forget your postal address.
Consultations close 25 October - respond today!
The consultation on making shale gas exploration 'permitted development' has now been published. You can tell them your views on this in their public consultation here. Watch this space for further updates (deadline 25 October)
Friends of the Earth have a petition out to stop the government from forcing fracking on communities, read more about it and add your signature here
Fracking is deeply unpopular, but the government seems determined that minor details like local democracy cannot be an obstacle to the industry. Today's ministerial statement by Greg Clark,Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government makes that clear.
Two consultations have been announced:
1. 'On the principle of whether non-hydraulic fracturing shale exploration development should be treated as permitted development, and in particular on the circumstances in which this might be appropriate'.
2. 'On the criteria required to trigger the inclusion of shale production projects into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime.' [i.e. decided by central government alone]
Climate action is heating up this summer. Check out these action groups organising across Europe
Picture above from Ende Gelände (information below drawn from their very useful newsletter!)
Climate Camp in Austria (30th May to 3rd June)
This camp will feature the Climate Games, an event where participants form small groups and engage in "flash-mobs, street-art and climbing actions" and other non-violent forms of protest. Organised by System Change, not Climate Change!, this camp will be set up near Vienna.
Harbour Games Hamburg (link in German) (23rd June)
Activists will be cycling around Hamburg's port and protesting at several locations.