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The Great Aviation Debate on climate change in Manchester

by Gayle O’Donovan
Issue No. 2078

Around 165 people participated in “The Great Aviation Debate” organised by Manchester Climate Forum on Thursday of last week.

The Plane Stupid group took on Manchester airport and big business in a night to remember. The debate was moderated by the BBC’s Colin Sykes.

The science camp was represented by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre.

He did a presentation based on the fact that that Manchester airport will eat Britain’s entire carbon budget for 2030 if it continues with its expansion plans.

The other side of the meeting argued, “it is a moral issue and you can’t tell people not to fly” and “nobody can tell big business what to do”.

The audience reacted strongly against this exaggerated industrialist rhetoric.

The night definitely belonged to the activists.

The airport’s expansion plans weren’t stopped but were called to account.

The crowd generally agreed that domestic flights were unnecessary and established this as an area where we can make cuts without having to go back to living in caves.

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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