MEP WARNS FESTIVAL-GOERS OF AIRLINES’ GROWING CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Event: Green MEP speaks at ‘WOMAD’ festival
Place: One World Stage, WOMAD festival site, Reading
Time: Saturday, July 29th, 2pm
REVELLERS at this year’s ‘WOMAD’ festival in Reading are being warned of the
aviation industry’s growing contribution to climate change.
Local Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas will tell the festival’s ‘One World’
stage that the projected growth in air travel is the fastest growing
contributor to devastating climate change – and that the industry’s wings
must be clipped to avert disaster.
“Aviation is growing fast – and so is its greenhouse gas emissions,” the
Euro-MP, a member of the European Parliament’s influential Environment
Committee and the parliament’s ‘rapporteur’ on climate change and aviation,
“The industry enjoys more than £9bn worth of tax breaks and hidden subsidies
from the UK taxpayer every year, and the Government has promised to meet its
demands to concrete over the countryside in a rush to build enough new
runways to satisfy their growing business.
“Meanwhile, other sectors are, rightly, being forced to address greenhouse
gas emissions – can this be fair? Are cheap and casual flights really worth
sacrificing the planet and civilisation as we know it for? The answer is
obvious – and if the Government is either unprepared or incapable of taking
action to limit the airlines’ growing emissions, then we must join together
as citizens and keep up the pressure on them to change their policy.”
Dr Lucas, who earlier this month had proposals to set up an emissions
trading scheme for EU airlines overwhelmingly adopted by the European
Parliament, will speak at the festival as the guest of local climate change
group Reading Rising Tide.
Other speakers include Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament chair Kate Hudson
and musician and campaigner Billy Bragg. The stage will also host a Chinese
martial arts demonstration, ‘parasol story tellers’ – and a workshop on
‘international life skills’.