Trains vs. planes

18th January 2011 by

The industrial-age old debate goes on and on, although the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport has been withdrawn (and the village of Sipson saved with it) train travel in the UK is the most expensive in Europe, while airlines continue to fly on tax free fuel. Luckily the Campaign for Better Transport are on hand to explode a few common myths about flying.

Myth No.1: Passenger jets are just 2% of global CO2 emissions.
In the late 1990s aviation accounted for 2% of global CO2 emissions, since then there has been a huge expansion of airports and short-haul flights. CO2 isn’t the only greenhouse gas emitted by flying and those effects are magnified at high altitude (to work out the full greenhouse impact of a flight multiply its CO2 emissions by around 2.7). It’s also worth remembering that most of the world isn’t flying. The British population, on the other hand, takes more flights per capita than any other country in the world (and aviation makes up 13% of the UK’s climate impact).

Myth No.2: Cheap flights are helping poorer people to fly for the first time
Low-skilled people and those on benefits take 6% of flights (despite making up 25% of the population), meanwhile the wealthiest 25% of the population take almost half of all flights. While air travel has been getting progressively cheaper over the last decade, the cost of bus travel (the most common mode of public transport for the poorest 25% of the population) has increased by 24% in real terms.

Myth No.3: We can expand airports and tackle climate change
Not according to the UK’s top climate scientists we can’t. The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research predicts that the UK’s aviation emissions alone could exceed the government’s target for the country’s entire output of greenhouse gases in 2050 by up to 134%.

Carry on Camping

3rd August 2009 by

This month we challenge you to carry on camping at a climate camp. After spending the last 3 summers camping at Heathrow Airport, Drax Coal Power Station, Kingsnorth Coal Power Station and in the middle of London, at the European Climate Exchange, during the G20, climate camp is going national. This summer there are camps in Scotland (3 – 10 August), Wales (13 – 16 August) and in London (27 August – 2 September).

Climate camp is the place for concerned citizens of all colours, from the hardiest protester, to the shyest letter writer, to people who’ve never taken any action on climate change before in their lives. The camp is organised entirely by volunteers, and anyone can get involved in that side of things by just turning up to a meeting and having their say.

The camps are a peaceful demonstration of another way of living, rather than being just another angry protest.


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