Petition by Greenpeace, to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
More private jets took off from the UK than any other country in Europe in 2022.
These jets emit massive amounts of carbon and are only available to the ultra-wealthy, who are responsible for half of the world’s aviation emissions.
It’s unacceptable that a small percentage of people can contribute so much to the climate crisis, while the rest of us bear the consequences.
Sign the petition now and demand that the UK government ban private jets immediately.
How to complain about Heathrow flights:
In case people don’t know how to complain to Heathrow, here is their website.
You can use the online form, email email@example.com
Or Freephone 0800 344844
Don’t be surprised to be fobbed off. But very politely.
If you complain about more than one flight in one call or email, it is classed as just one complaint. If you want to complain about 10 flights, it has to be 10 separate emails, or forms, or calls.
Also tell your MP if you feel there are planes that deserve a complaint. And councillors. The MPs need to know if you are not happy about what is flying overhead. And your councillors too.
WebTrak: You can check which flight it was near you (there is a 24 hour delay on the system though) on Heathrow’s WebTrakhttp://webtrak5.bksv.com/lhr4 You can go back 365 days on WebTrak to compare flights up to one year ago, to see if flight paths, heights etc have changed. If they have, ask Heathrow why. (They will not tell you!)
Follow the CO2Now.org website for monthly updates of the atmospheric level of CO2 at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. Also for NOAA monthly climate data.
and follow CO2Now
Check out your own carbon footprint, including how much of it comes from flying
Compare different components of personal carbon footprints, such as car use, domestic gas and electricity consumption, rail travel, and everyday consumption choices, and see how including flights can greatly increase the annual total.
WWF’s Travel Smart commitment
WWF is asking as many people as possible to make a commitment that if they travel abroad on holiday, they do so in a way that does least environmental damage. One of its pledges is to take holidays near home, and avoid travelling by air where possible. Another is to support reputable, conservation-minded tour operators and suppliers.
Sign up at WWF Travel Smart
Check out Skeptical Science …
… a really useful website which lists almost all the possible arguments used by climate sceptics, and tried to counter them with the current scientific position.
Skeptic Arguments and What the Science Says
“It’s the sun”. Answer: In the last 35 years of global warming, the sun has shown a slight cooling trend. Sun and climate have been going in opposite directions.
and many, many others.
Give yourself a break – with Fascinating Aida
4 minutes of Fascinating Aida’s take on cheap flights. Not to be missed.
YouTube 50p flights? Feckin’ brilliant !
Sign the Manston (Kent International) Airport
Night Flights petition:
“We, the undersigned, object to any night flights (11pm to 7am) into or out of Manston.”
Manston Airport is owned by Infratil, a New Zealand-based multi-national. Their long-standing ‘S106’ agreement with Thanet District Council bans all scheduled night flights in the 8 hours between 11pm and 7am. Infratil now want to change that, and recently asked TDC for permission to start scheduling night flights.The noise from any flights in the 8 hours between 11pm and 7am is far more intrusive and disruptive than at any other time of day. Night flights would reduce the quality of life for everyone within earshot of the flightpath. The runway ends less than a mile from the edge of Ramsgate, so thousands of homes are seriously overflown.
See http://planesoverhernebay.blogspot.com/ for more info.
Businesses – join the WWF “One in Five” Challenge, to cut flights
WWF’s report, Travelling Light, has found that there is great potential for businesses to fly less while remaining productive. There are many good reasons why businesses are now flying less and making greater use of audio and videoconferencing.
If you think your business would be interested in taking up the One in Five Challenge, or if you would like to find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details at One in Five Challenge
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