Bristol Airport targeted by youth group Extinction Rebellion over expansion approval – live updates

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Young environmental activists staged a protest in Bristol Airport’s departure terminal today against the recent approval of the airport’s expansion.

Around 30 protesters from Extinction Rebellion Youth Bristol (XRYB) entered Departures and staged a lying down protest against the proposed Bristol Airport expansion. This was given the green light by the Planning Inspectorate last month despite rejection by North Somerset Council in February 2020.

Activists were draped in white sheets by others dressed in hazmat suits and respirators while another spoke through a megaphone, explaining that those on the floor symbolized deaths caused by emissions from airport expansion.

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XRYB activist Tom, 17, said: “Bristol Airport lied to us – they claim they will be net zero airport by 2030, but the truth is that the most important factor, actual thefts, are not included.They also claimed to listen to local opinion but ignore the 83% of North Somerset residents who oppose the expansion.

“We are taking action today to highlight the damage Bristol Airport expansion will do to our planet. As young people, our future is already in jeopardy – we must stop this crisis, not make it worse. .”

This action is part of a long series of protests by various local activist groups who intend to continue campaigning against the expansion.

This protest is ongoing and we will share scene information as it becomes available.

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