Protesters from Extinction Rebellion found a unique way to show their opposition to Bristol Airport’s expansion.
Hundreds gathered on the Downs on Saturday (June 15) to make a human symbol of the environmental activist’s logo.
Aerial cameras were then used to capture the moment from the sky.
A spokesperson for Bristol’s Extinction Rebellion said: “The expansion is a reckless decision, which is not congruent with the action necessary to safeguard our common future.
“It will increase carbon emissions by 50 per cent, doubling the number of flights to one every three minutes, compared with 2017 figures.
“There are already concerns over air quality in surrounding schools, with a recent study at the University of Aberdeen warning of the damage to unborn children from decreasing air quality in the UK, which will be worsened by the airport expansion.”
Paediatrician, Professor Steve Turner, who led the study, said: “The next public health beast is tackling air pollution.
“Anything that increases air toxicity is putting peoples’ health at risk.
“A bigger airport would mean a greater amount of combustible fuels from planes and cars which would intensify exposure. The less fossil fuel we burn the better for future health.”
Saturday’s action symbolised the people whose lives are already being put at risk, according to an Extinction Rebellion’s spokesperson.
She said: “In countries such as Mozambique, which has been hit by two super storms just this year, Climate catastrophe has already killed thousands and continues to destroy crops and family homes.
“Air pollution levels in Bristol are illegal, causing 8.5 per cent of our city’s deaths each year (300~), according to Bristol City Council’s “2018 Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR)”.
“An airport expansion would only lead to more deaths.”
A spokesperson for Bristol Airport said the organisation planned to expand in a ‘sustainable way’.
She said: “We are aware of a peaceful protest on The Downs, Bristol.
“We have consulted extensively with local communities and a wide range of stakeholders and their feedback has guided our phased approach to growth, working within current limits wherever possible while ensuring we continue to serve passengers across the South West of the UK and playing a vital role in our region’s economy.
“Developing Bristol Airport in a sustainable way will enable more people from the South West to ‘fly local’, reducing the number of road journeys to and from London airports – currently numbering more than seven million a year.
“At the same time, air travel is becoming more carbon efficient, as demonstrated by the fact that less CO2 was emitted by UK aviation in 2017 than in 2005, despite more passengers travelling in 2005.
“Our commitment to be a carbon neutral airport in the future also highlights our focus on reducing the impact of our operations on the environment and local communities.”