Why a monster airport is a bigger problem
The government has given the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow airport. This could mean more than 250,000 additional flights a year in and out of Heathrow.
It's a highly controversial scheme. Many local people don't want a third runway – and the wider environmental impacts will be huge.
Back in 2015, Boris Johnson vowed to “lie down in front of those bulldozers and stop the construction of that third runway.” Will the favourite to be the next Prime Minister stand by his words?
More planes, more traffic, more pollution - and who wins?
1. We can’t stop climate change by building runways
Heathrow is already the biggest single source 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.
A bigger airport 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.
Air pollution locally is way above legal limits.
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.
Landing a legal challenge to Heathrow expansion
Friends of the Earth believes the decision to allow a third runway is unlawful because it
- ignores the impact of all those extra planes and traffic on the climate
- ignores the huge consequences for future generations.
So we’re taking the government to court to get the decision overturned. We’ve won the right to a full hearing in March 2019.