Con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­ment? Come along to avi­a­tion im­pact meet­ing

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Con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­ment? I ask as you may not be aware that the gov­ern­ment is cur­rently con­sult­ing on their avi­a­tion green pa­per that will be­come a white pa­per, pol­icy for fu­ture gov­ern­ments’ think­ing on the avi­a­tion in­dus­try. Hav­ing read the pa­per, mit­i­ga­tion seems to be the gov­ern­ment’s new buzz­word to al­low avi­a­tion growth at any price to the en­vi­ron­ment and those who suf­fer the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of air­ports.

On Wednes­day Fe­bru­ary 27 at Ock­ley Vil­lage Hall at 7.30pm, a keynote speaker will be visit the

Sur­rey Sus­sex bor­der vil­lage to speak of the en­vi­ron­ment, avi­a­tion and the ram­i­fi­ca­tions on our planet, and the UK car­bon tar­gets in re­la­tion to Gatwick Air­port and na­tional avi­a­tion pol­icy.

Tim John­son is the di­rec­tor of the Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­ment Fed­er­a­tion (AEF), a non govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) ded­i­cated to tack­ling avi­a­tion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts, and has nearly 30 years ex­per­tise in the avi­a­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal and plan­ning fields.

The talk The Gov­ern­ment and Gatwick Air­port is free, but places are sub­ject to avail­abil­ity on the night.

Tim will be talk­ing about the cur­rent gov­ern­ment avi­a­tion green pa­per con­sul­ta­tion, which runs un­til April 11, and the im­pact of Gatwick Air­port’s draft mas­ter plan for a three run­way air­port.

Tim is a lead rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal NGOs at the United Na­tions’ In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO) where he co-leads groups set up by the Com­mit­tee on Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (CAEP) to de­velop the stan­dards and rec­om­mended prac­tices to re­duce air­craft noise and emis­sions.

Tim is a mem­ber of the De­part­ment for Trans­port’s Ex­ter­nal Ad­vi­sory Group and rep­re­sents com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ter­ests on the De­part­ment for Trans­port’s Airspace Strat­egy Board and Airspace and Noise En­gage­ment Group (ANEG).

He also sits on the Sus­tain­able Avi­a­tion Ad­vi­sory Panel and ACI’s Air­port Car­bon Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ad­vi­sory Board.

AEF was founded in 1975 as a voice for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups im­pacted by air­ports, air­fields and flight paths.

To­day it rep­re­sents more than 50 or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the UK.

The gov­ern­ment’s avi­a­tion green pa­per shows con­cern about meet­ing car­bon tar­gets and openly ac­cepts that avi­a­tion will breach these by 2050.

The is­sue is re­gional air­port ex­pan­sion on top of Heathrow that will in­evitably cause far greater is­sues for cli­mate change than recog­nised.

And did you know that ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by Trans­port for Qual­ity of Life avi­a­tion ac­counts for seven per cent of UK green­house gases and it will be 25 per cent by 2050?

Fif­teen per cent of the UK pop­u­la­tion take 70 per cent of flights, and seven out of 10 travel for leisure with three-quar­ters of trav­ellers be­ing ABC1 so­cial class; and the ex­che­quer misses out on over £10bn a year due to avi­a­tion not pay­ing any VAT or duty as it is a heav­ily sub­sidised in­dus­try.

The talk is free and presents a unique op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to hear from a keynote speaker.

The event is or­gan­ised by CAGNE, Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land Sus­sex and Sur­rey.

Prior to the talk the CAGNE, Com­mu­ni­ties Against Gatwick Noise and Emis­sions an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will take place at 7pm.

Tim John­son, di­rec­tor of the Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­ment Fed­er­a­tion

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