Help stop Heathrow expansion
In February 2020, with your support, we scored a huge victory for the planet when the Court of Appeal agreed that plans to build a third runway at Heathrow were illegal.
But in December 2020, the Supreme Court overturned the decision, allowing the project to proceed to the next stage.
The Supreme Court judgment is by no means a "green light". Rishi Sunak has the power to scrap the policy decision to support Heathrow expansion. If enough of us speak out, we can stop unnecessary expansion of airports in the UK.
As the summer months are approaching, going on a holiday is looking more attractive. But flying, whether a short or long haul, is one of the most climate-wrecking modes of transport.
The solution is to choose other ways to travel, and to holiday closer to home.
We've put together a handy list of 21 no-fly holidays for you to discover. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or something in between - we've got you covered!
Why airport expansion is a bad idea
1) We can't stop climate breakdown by building runways
Heathrow is one of the biggest single sources of greenhouse gases in the UK. A third runway will all but blow our chances of meeting our targets for cutting emissions.
2) More flights for the few
Just 15% of the UK’s population take the majority (70%) of all flights. Bigger airports would mainly serve the interests of frequent flyers.
3) Filthy air, more noise
Already local people have to endure 1,300 noisy planes landing and taking off at Heathrow every day. A third runway could mean a 50% increase in flights. Air pollution locally is a problem, and nearly all of London doesn’t comply with WHO standards.
4) The economic argument doesn't stack up
The government claims a third runway will be good for the economy – but there are no guarantees. And they haven’t factored in the true costs of climate change.
5) Transport on the wrong track
A bigger climate-wrecking airport is a massive distraction.
We urgently need to invest in our rail and public transport networks – they’re simply not good enough for 21st century Britain.
Play your part
Leeds Bradford airport expansion
Climate-wrecking projects like the Leeds Bradford airport expansion are still getting the go-ahead by local councils.
But thanks to amazing campaigning, including from members of our network, and following Michael Gove's call for a public enquiry, Leeds Bradford airport withdrew their application for expansion.
Fighting Southampton airport expansion
Southampton Friends of the Earth have been working with campaigners in their local area to fight against the Southampton airport expansion.
Despite strong opposition the Southampton Airport runway extension will be going ahead after the permission to appeal was refused by Lady Justice Andrews.
Follow and find out how you too can support the campaign.
Tell the UK government to stop airport expansion
With so many airports trying to expand, urgent action is needed. Because despite the claims of the airlines, airplane technology is developing too slowly to reduce emissions quickly enough.
We need your help.
Please sign our petition and demand Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commits to no new airport expansion.