NO to Heathrow. YES to a Safe Climate Future.

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NO to Heathrow. YES to a Safe Climate Future.

by Plan B
Plan B
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Plan B is charity (CIO) which combines mobilisation and litigation to hold power to account for climate breakdown, fighting for the future for all people, all animals and all life on earth.
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Latest: March 28, 2019

The trial is over: now awaiting judgement!

The trial is over and we're now awaiting the court's judgement.

We expect to have it some time in May or June although it could be sooner.

Whatever the outcome:

  • we were able to present our cas...

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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.

Please help us fight for our common future.

Press coverage

Heathrow expansion protestors gather outside High Court hearing (Daily Mail)

Heathrow expansion: All five legal challenges to get full hearing (The Independent)

Blow for Heathrow as Campaigners win legal fight over third runway (The Times)

A court case has shown how Labour could win the next election (The Canary)

Case documents

Plan B’s amended grounds of claim

Plan B’s witness statement

Plan B’s exhibit

The Government’s summary response

Directions of the Court


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Update 3

Plan B

March 28, 2019

The trial is over: now awaiting judgement!

The trial is over and we're now awaiting the court's judgement.

We expect to have it some time in May or June although it could be sooner.

Whatever the outcome:

  • we were able to present our case fully and fairly
  • both inside and outside court, attention was focussed on the urgency and gravity of the climate crisis.

The transcripts of the trial are here (our submissions were on the 13th and 19th of March):

https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/heathrow-claimants-v-the-secretary-of-state-for-transport-transcripts/

Below is some of the media coverage:

Legal Battle over Heathrow Expansion to start at High Court (Daily Mail)

No to Heathrow: Climate Campaigners Outline Case Against Third Runway (Desmog)

We'll update you as soon as there's any news.

Best wishes,

Plan B.

Update 2

Plan B

Jan. 8, 2019

Support Open Justice for Heathrow

The legal challenges to the UK Government's reckless plans to expand Heathrow Airport have been described as the "iconic battleground against climate change". The model of "business-as-usual" growth is pitched against the scientific imperative to cut emissions urgently. It's now clear that the Government failed to assess Heathrow expansion against the Paris limit. Unbelievably the Government appears to be denying that the Paris limit is government policy:


"the Claimant is wrong to assert that “Government policy […] is to limit warming to the more stringent standard of 1.5˚C and “well below” 2˚C””. 


Yet, as things stand only the 100 or so people who can cram into Court 76 of the UK High Court will be able to hear the evidence. It's 2019 and that doesn't make sense! Please support Friends of the Earth's and Plan B's application for have the proceedings live-streamed by taking 5 seconds to:


1) sign and share the form below:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNXc8tnehLImdx-MqVccT4F0HvF2QrrD6WsWCHpHGz9eupeg/viewform


2) Retweeting this tweet:


https://twitter.com/PlanB_earth/status/1082567177998385152


It's your case and you should be able to follow it!

Thank you.

Plan B

Update 1

Plan B

Dec. 24, 2018

We Reached our First Target!

Dear Friends of the Planet

Thank you so much for your support in helping us reach our £5,000 target to challenge the Government's reckless plans for Heathrow expansion. You've put us in a strong position to cover our costs in this case.

Meanwhile in seeking to defend our claim the Government argues that “[Plan B] is wrong to assert that “Government policy[…] is to limit warming to the more stringent standard of 1.5˚C and “well below” 2˚C””

Yup, you read that right. 

The Government denies that its policy is to limit warming to the level that, according to science, is necessary to avert climate catastrophe. Thank you for helping us to shine a spotlight on this unarguable position.

We filed our Reply to the Government's submission on Friday, which you can read here:

https://planb.earth/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/REPLY-TO-DGR.pdf

Seasons greetings and best wishes for a 2019 that marks a turning point to a safer future.

Plan B

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