We are armed … only with peer-reviewed science – banner from the Climate Camp
Interviews, recordings and reports from the amazing 2007 Camp for Climate Action near Heathrow Airport, London. Seven days of workshops, sustainable living and direct action on the root causes of climate change. The show covers:
- participatory education and consensus decision making with Alice of the Trapese Collective (editors of “Do It Yourself – a handbook for changing our world” published by Pluto Press)
- analysis of the media coverage in conversation with the media team
- a conversation with local residents about their views of the Camp
- other stuff
Resources and references:
The UK government is planning to provide for a tripling of aviation movements – a move that the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, The Tyndall Centre and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee say is incompatible with our commitment to play a fair role in avoiding dangerous climate change. Not content with a weighted planning system, the government is proposing to speed up the implementation of major infrastructure projects which will lock us into high carbon pathways in the future.
We speak to Brian Ross, economics advisor to Stop Stansted Expansion to find out how their campaign is going and if the government’s arguments about the economic benefits of aviation have any basis in reality. And we hear from Paul de Zylva, England Campaigns Co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth about the unprecedented new “Planning Disaster” coalition that has come together to oppose the proposals in the government’s Planning White Paper.
Finally we have an extract from an interview with Alan Simpson MP about why he will be standing down at the next election and why he thinks that leadership on climate change can now only be found outside Parliament.
Chris Goodall has just written what the New Scientist calls “the definitive guide to reducing your carbon footprint.” Climate Radio takes a trip to Oxford to meet Chris and find out some of the book’s key messages on aviation, consumption, personal travel and food purchasing habits.
Caroline Lucas MEP talks us through the new package of targets and policies on climate change that have just been announced by the European Union. There are new targets on CO2 emissions, renewable energy, energy efficiency and biofuels. We also discuss the effectiveness of EU climate action on aviation, road transport, emissions trading, decentralised energy and, er, lightbulbs!
Award-winning journalist George Monbiot explains why we need to cut carbon emissions in the UK by 90% by 2030. In his major new book “Heat – How to Stop the Planet Burnging” (Penguin Allen Lane) he sifts through all the policy options on the table (as well as coming up with some of his own) and looks at what might work and what won’t. “Heat” is no less than a survival manual for the biosphere. If we are to escape the worst impacts of climate change we need to start putting its recommendations into practice now. At present politicians seem incapable of doing this, so we need to do what ever it takes to force them to act.
The Tyndall Centre has said that unconstrained growth in aviation might make it impossible for us to meet our long term targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
We hear from Peter Riding of Stop Stansted Expansion about the struggle of the local community to prevent a new runway being built at Stansted Airport – and why he thinks they will win.
We ask Karen Buck MP at the Department for Transport why the UK’s aviation policy is running in the opposite direction to our commitment to tackle climate change. Is the Department for Transport putting economic growth before environmental limits?
Aviation is by far and away the most environmentally damaging form of transport. At a time when we need to be urgently and dramatically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, the British government is planning a massive expansion in civil aviation.
What on Earth is going on?
- We ask Brian Hoskins of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution just why aviation is so damaging.
- We ask the Chair of the Environment Audit Committee, Peter Ainsworth MP, what the government should be doing.