Bristol Airport campaigners send video to Canadian teachers over expansion…

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Bristol Airport campaigners send video to Canadian teachers over expansion…

Bristol Airport campaigners send video to Canadian teachers over expansion plans
2022-08-05 06:54:00
Environmentalists trying to stop the expansion of airports in Bristol, London City and Copenhagen have stepped up their campaign  – SOFAX (Stop OTPP Funding Airport Expansion) – with a direct message to the people who ultimately own all those airports – teachers in the Canadian province of Ontario. They have their pensions in the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – or OTPP.  See the video (6mins 30)The campaigns from Bristol, around London City Airport and 3 others around Europe, are directing their campaign at the 329,000 teachers and former teachers who work or worked in state schools in Ontario. They pay money into the OTPP, which years ago bought airports including Bristol and London City, as money-making investments. Both airports are trying to expand, increasing flights and carbon emissions. The new campaign has been organised by the UK’s biggest teachers union – the NEU – along with community and medical campaigners who live around the five airports owned or part-owned by OTPP. SOFAX is appealing to pensioners of OTPP to consider the local health and educational impacts of airports on children, as well as the climate impacts – making life in coming decades more uncertain. .Tweet   Bristol Airport campaigners send video to Canadian teachers over expansion plans There are 320,000 teachers or retired teachers in Ontario with a direct link to Bristol Airport 3.8.2022 (Bristol Post) Environmentalists trying to stop the expansion of airports in Bristol, London and Copenhagen have stepped up their campaign with a direct message to the people who ultimately own all those airports – teachers in the Canadian province of Ontario. A new international alliance has been forged, uniting campaigners in Bristol with local residents living around London City Airport and three others around Europe, to direct their campaign at the 329,000 teachers and former teachers who work or worked in state schools in Ontario. They pay money into a pension fund, which years ago bought up airports including Bristol’s as an investment. See the 6 minute 30 second video on YouTube of the SOFAX message to Canadian pensioners. But now, Bristol Airport’s plan to expand its terminal buildings and its capacity from nine million passengers a year to 12 million has triggered a huge battle that has seen Greta Thunberg, Government ministers and local residents get involved. The new campaign has been organised by the UK’s biggest teachers union – the NEU – along with community and medical campaigners who live around the five airports owned or part-owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – or OTPP. Read more: Teachers across Atlantic ‘don’t want their money spent’ on Bristol Airport expansion The OTPP entirely owns Bristol Airport, and has stuck to its expansion plans. After the planning application was turned down by councillors in North Somerset, it appealed and won, convincing a Government planning inspector to approve the plan. Now, environmentalists are challenging that decision in court. Bristol teacher Loz Hennessy said teachers in Ontario may not know what happens with their pensions, so the video letter to them has been created. “Ontario teachers are resisting budget cuts and ever-increasing workloads: many of the same issues we face in the UK today,” said Loz Hennessey. “We stand in solidarity with their struggle and see it as related to the fight against airport expansion. What are we prioritising? “Uniting under the banner SOFAX (Stop OTPP Funding Airport Expansion), we have launched a video to raise awareness of where Ontario teachers’ pensions are invested. By funding airport expansion, teachers’ pensions are unwittingly causing unacceptable damage to the global climate and to the health and quality of life of local people,” he added. Climate campaigner Tanguy Tomes added: “We know teachers in Ontario are worried about climate change. Some have even campaigned on this issue before, so SOFAX seeks to build on those efforts. The Pension Plan’s claim to be a responsible investor is completely incompatible with its commitment to expanding airp

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