We're opposing the expansion of Heathrow Airport because it's inconsistent with the Government's commitments on climate change under the Paris Agreement and inconsistent with our demand for a safe climate future.
On the one hand the Government promises "international leadership on climate change". On the other it's planning major expansion of the UK's aviation capacity, one of the most polluting forms of transport, which would preclude the UK from making an appropriate contribution even to the minimum standard of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The leading authority on climate science, the IPCC, has recently warned that the consequences for humanity of crossing the 1.5˚C temperature limit are appalling (whether in terms of the environment, the economy or international security); and that without an urgent and radical change of course the world is likely to hit that limit any time from 2030, just 12 years away. Our government claims to respect the science but its actions fly in the face of the scientific advice.
We're calling them out on the blatant self-contradiction. This is "business-as-usual" on trial. We must stop Heathrow expansion for any hope of the UK making a fair contribution to the Paris Agreement.
We've already started the process of judicial review. A number of other parties including Friends of the Earth are bringing separate claims. On 4 October 2018 Mr Justice Holgate ordered a full trial of the claims, beginning on 11 March 2019.
As a small charity, we can't afford the costs of legal representation, so we're bringing the case directly, with the support of a network of volunteer lawyers. However we need to raise funds to cover our potential cost liability and to obtain professional advice on certain issues, including the relationship to our 2050 Target case, which is currently before the Court of Appeal.
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