Extinction Rebellion to hold protest about Leeds Bradford Airport expansion
Extinction Rebellion will hold a protest about the Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans.
Activists will hold a socially distanced protest outside Leeds Civic Hall at 12.30pm on Thursday, May 21.
They will urged councillors on the panel to reject the expansion plans.
An enormous banner reading “fly today, gone tomorrow” will be held up.
A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion said: "By expanding Leeds Bradford Airport, Leeds would secure short term economic growth by ignoring longer term issues such as the climate crisis and public health risks caused by increased emissions.
"Leeds is heavily polluted already, with air quality often exceeding the World Health Organisation’s safe limit.
"We understand people’s desire for the short term security of economic growth, but the climate crisis is unique. It forces us to make bold choices now in order to avoid being faced with impossible choices later, such as whether or not we can sustain our population once man-made climate change has rendered large tracts of land unfarmable and air unbreathable.
"We will not have job security and economic prosperity if we continue to damage public health and contribute to catastrophic climate change as we currently are.
"Follow the lead of the supreme court on Heathrow and stop this expansion.
"Let Leeds set a progressive precedent and invest in sustainable infrastructure.
"For this nation to reach its crucial carbon neutral ambitions, airports across the country will be forced to curb their flights anyway eventually.
"It’s senseless for us to invest in keeping our heads above water in an outdated industry which is proven to damage public health".
Early LBA expansion plans are to replace the airport's existing terminal with a brand new £150m facility on a nearby site.
Thank you for reading this story on our website. These are challenging times but the team at the Yorkshire Evening Post need your support more than ever in the weeks ahead.
While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you. In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you - wherever possible and providing it is safe for you to do so - to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.
Inevitably falling advertising revenues will start to have an impact on local newspapers and the way we continue to work during this period of uncertainty. So the support of our readers has never been more important as we try to make sure that we keep you connected with the city you live in during this time. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. We need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
Our team of trusted reporters are working incredibly hard behind the scenes- from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms - to look at how we can do this and your continued support to the YEP will help to protect its viability in the days and weeks ahead.
For more details on our subscription offers please visit www.localsubsplus.co.uk/YEP, email [email protected] or call us on 0330 4033004