Tricky one, this, for me. Whilst I admire the efforts and sentiments of the protestors, and believe that anything to try and reduce global pollution and damage is good, I also think they are p1ssing in the wind, somewhat.
Increased pollution, noise, villagers losing homes, wildlife damaged- all bad.
More flights available, cheaper costs, increased tax revenue, thousands of new jobs created- all good.
Whilst I do think that greedy land developers should be shackled somewhat, this must surely be balanced by the benefits to thousands, if not millions, of people, over time. The needs of the many far outweigh the needs of the few.
Of course, the onus should be on the aircraft manufacturers, to design and build cleaner, quieter planes. But I'm sure they are doing this.
What are the options? Build more airports in other parts of the UK? Develop some of the smaller ones?
But one thing strikes me, through all of this; I bet the likes of Emma Thompson don't ride a pushbike everywhere, to 'reduce pollution'....
NIMBY. Well, it isn't, so I don't really need to care, do I?