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Greta Thunberg has a message - and UK MPs need to hear it

Greta Thunberg is coming to the UK. She started a global school strike movement, Fridays For Future, has addressed Davos, the EU, and met the Pope. On Tuesday afternoon she will be in the House of Commons, and all MPs are invited to attend. How many will turn up?

Please email your MP - you can do so easily via https://www.writetothem.com/ and ask them to attend. A simple personal message is best - you can talk about the school strikes in the UK, particularly in your area, and that young people need to know MPs are listening.

You could also tweet them and ask them to come - and even call their office on Tuesday morning (call 020 7219 3000 for the House of Commons switchboard and ask to be put through to their office, giving your MP's name)

Example email (but a personal one is better)

Dear x

On Tuesday 23 April, MPs will have the opportunity to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a special meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change at 2pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. As my MP I am asking you to attend. Around 1.5 million children and young people worldwide attended the school strikes for climate in March - a global movement which started with one girl, Greta, sitting outside the Swedish Parliament. She has since addressed Davos and the EU, and been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

Extinction Rebellion plans to 'shut down London', demanding government face up to climate crisis

From blocking five major London bridges last November, Extinction Rebellion are scaling up with plans for major disruption in the capital for a fortnight from 15 April. Participants are invited to bring tents to camp out in Parliament Square and other locations. 

The Friday before the action, April 12th, will be the UK's third national school strike. During the fortnight there are expected to be actions in several major cities where Extinction Rebellion is active - it's billed as 'International Rebellion'.

Another airport plans expansion - respond to Bristol consultation by 26 Jan!

With the legal challenge to Heathrow's third runway still ongoing, and Gatwick wanting to expand its operations by stealth, other airports are also eyeing up increased profits without regard to climate damage.

The latest is Bristol.

Bristol airport currently has 8 million passengers a year. It is already planning to increase to 10 million and the current planning application is aiming to increase further, to 12 million by 2026. Although not part of the current application they are clear that eventually, they would like to increase to 20 million passengers every year.

By increasing from 8 to 12 million passengers, the figures they have submitted show the airport's 'operational emissions' increasing by two-thirds, from 945ktCO2/year in 2017 to 1,568ktCO2/year in 2026.

Extraordinarily, this is more than the total CO2 emitted from all other transport, homes, and industry in North Somerset local authority in 2016 (1,211ktCO2) and almost as much as the 1,633kt from the City of Bristol (source).

However, the Environmental Statement for the planning application describes these emissions as 'not significant'. 

The deadline to ask the council to reject planning permission for expansion is Saturday 26 January.

If you sign the 38 Degrees petition, it then takes you automatically to a link to submit an objection to the planning application. You can also comment here (search for 18/P/5118/OUT, then click 'Make a Comment').

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