The printed press have a ‘Letters to the Editor’ page so Bath Newseum has decided to provide space for you to have YOUR say.
What follows – in an email from Dave Searby of Bath Extinction Rebellion – is the views and actions of that organisation and is neither endorsed nor condemned by me.
Airport Expansion March this Saturday 11th Jan, 10 am by Keynsham Bandstand, Memorial Park
You will probably have some awareness of the proposal to expand Bristol Airport. You may not be aware of the devastating environmental impact that this proposal will have in this time of Climate Emergency.
We have started the new year with the continued numerous stories of the impact climate change on so many, while we continue to increase our carbon footprint…
If the airport expansion goes ahead, emissions from flights – into and out of the airport -will produce greenhouse emissions equivalent to twice that for the whole of the Bath and North East Somerset Council area.
Noise and local traffic movements will also increase dramatically. The airport has hugely overstated the benefits to the local economy. As the journeys are predominantly outbound from the UK for holidays, the net result of the airport is to drain money from the local economy
Following a very positive public meeting in Keynsham, there will be a march which sets off soon after 10 am from the bandstand in The Memorial Park with The Landing Crew, Samba Band and Red Rebels and a reasonable number of protesters with leaflets, banners, flags and possibly a wooden plane (small enough to carry!)
We will walk through park and join the road behind the church and march through the High St to Farmers Market, where there will be a stall & more leaflets.