WSCC asked to recognise a Climate Emergency for our county and the planet
CAGNE has written to West Sussex County Council councillors as it joins the call for climate change to be taken seriously to the ramifications of every day life, the pressures we place on our planet to be addressed by local elected authorities. Decisions made by local authorities are having serious ramifications for future generations and aviation, Gatwick Airport, is the big elephant in the room when it comes to climate change.
Nationwide, 30 councils have declared a Climate Emergency – most recently Portsmouth, Haringey and Plymouth, and now it is the turn of West Sussex County Council on 5th April. CAGNE will join fellow climate change concerned community groups in the march to County Hall on the 5th from The Cross, Chichester starting at 9.45am.
“Gatwick Airport can not be allowed to continue to grow if our councillors are serious about reducing our county’s carbon footprint. The introduction of solar panels, electric plug ins, recycling are all good initiatives but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to seriously tackling carbon emissions as the polluter must pay,” said CAGNE.
Gatwick Airport currently has over 285,000 aircraft movements every year, an incinerator and produces ever increasing congestion problem on our highways, all of which are major contributors to global warming.
Gatwick Master Plan for additional runway capacity and runways ignored the national ramification of airport expansion on climate change. Key national aviation points were overlooked, as aviation is one of the most energy and carbon intensive forms of transport, whether measured per passenger km or per hour travelling.
The use of larger aircraft to reduce OC2 is not happening as smaller aircraft are being flown more frequently, which increases the CO2. With no reduction in number of planes this counters any saving through new design of planes to reduce CO2 or the modernisation of airspace, which Gatwick Airport has instigated.
Emissions from the aviation industry are forecast to grow both in real terms and as a proportion of the national total. In the UK, the share of emissions taken up by aviation is predicted to grow from around 6% today to 25% by 2025, even if the sector is successfully capped at level of 37.5 MtCO2 (equivalent to UK aviation emissions in 2005) which has been recommended by the Committee on Climate Change – anew report is due in May.