The Thames Estuary forms a home for thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects, including hen harriers and golden plovers. The estuary contains several protected areas, because it forms a vital breeding and over wintering ground for so much wildlife.
Plans to concrete over large areas of the estuary to build a new airport are in motion, with a consultation due in March this year, despite Britain trying to reduce its carbon emissions.
Building the planned airport, referred to as "Boris Airport" because it has enthusiastic support from Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has been described as "an act of vandalism" by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Construction of the airport would not only destroy a unique ecosystem, it would also lead to an immediate increase in greenhouse gases and add to pollution.
Tell David Cameron that the UK must preserve its remaining wildlife habitats and the last thing it needs is yet another airport.
We the undersigned ask that you prevent proposals to build an airport on the Thames Estuary from going any further.
All the proposed sites provide vital wildlife habitat, essential for thousands of migrating birds. Building an airport there would not only ruin the habitat, it would also contribute to the UK’s carbon footprint and significantly increase water, noise and soil pollution in the area.
If the Conservative Government really does intend to be “the greenest government ever”, it needs to stop such destructive and unnecessary projects right at the start.
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