Governments and corporations promote airports as a sign of progress and with promises of ‘development’. In reality, the construction of airports and associated infrastructure drives people off their land, destroys livelihoods, plunders water and fertile soil and...
- May 24 2021
- 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green jobs and airport expansion
Join campaigners, researchers and trade unionists from the UK and Europe to discuss how to bring a jobs lens to anti-airport campaigning.
About this event
Airports seeking expansion across Europe are subject to growing scrutiny and organised opposition in light of stricter climate targets. Supporters push back that they are engines of local employment. Meanwhile a huge wave of redundancies accompanies the ongoing pandemic restrictions. If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now: jobs are a critical element of our relationship to aviation.
A recent report on Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest, showed that at least 16,000 alternative green jobs could be created in the surrounding region via a Green New Deal. This event will hear from the authors of this report, trade unionists and local airport campaigners on how to challenge the local jobs case for airport expansion and make the case for a different route.
Speakers will include:
- Tahir Latif, former aviation group president of the UK trade union PCS, and co-author, ‘A Green New Deal for Gatwick’, which called for urgent investment in green jobs and retraining in the region surrounding the airport.
- Alex Chapman, a Senior Researcher at the New Economics Foundation, and author of recent analyses of the economic case for expansion at Leeds-Bradford and Bristol airports.
- Anne Kretzschmar, an organiser with the international Stay Grounded network, and co-author of its ‘Just Transition of Aviation’ discussion paper.
- Alethea Warrington, aviation campaign manager at the climate charity Possible.
This webinar will be hosted on Zoom, a link will be sent to all registered participants.
This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House and the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.