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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'.

Next UK youth strike 21 June

Find your local strike here. Adults are invited to come along to show support - do read this guide produced by the school strike organisers about how adults can best support them on the day and in other ways. 

Please support if you can the crowdfunder to help cover costs for this ongoing movement.

24 May; Another massive global strike by school and college students.

With over 30,000 young people protesting around the UK demanding action to halt climate change: Guardian report here: schoolchildren go on strike across world over climate crisis

12 April: Young people take to the streets again in their thousands.

A series of very lively, very vocal protests with a particular focus on getting the government to adopt a Green New Deal. The youth strikers in the UK have looked across the Atlantic, where the Sunrise Movement, led by young adults, has propelled the Green New Deal into a serious political bid to tackle the climate emergency. Green New Deal for the UK.

 

 

15 March: around 1.5 million turn out around the world to protest climate inaction.

The protests swept across the globe in at least 100 countries - from Australia, where 150,000 defied a government ruled by the coal industry, across Asia, Africa and to Europe, where city squares and streets were packed in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, in the UK (the video below shows the passion, commitment and energy at the London protest) and on to North and South America.

Video below from London protest:

 

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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