Leeds and Bradford Airport in the Limelight as Climate Change Protestors Block Roads

By Liam Ryder

Should Leeds Bradford Airport be granted an expansion? According to campaigners, the answer is no.

Leeds is the third largest city in the United Kingdom, however the airport doesn’t match the population.

When compared to smaller Cities and their airports such as Manchester and Glasgow, the Yorkshire hub is clearly lagging behind.

We asked Leeds Trinity University students about the imposing climate change risks:


And as controversy surrounds the airports plans, climate change protesters are taking to the streets in Leeds City Centre.

Members of the movement known as Extinction Rebellion are staging a ‘swarming’ protest, where they block roads for seven-minute spells.

On Facebook , organisers say they plan to block the roads ‘as many times as we see fit’ but claim it is ‘unlikely to be arrest-able type of action’.

Extinction Rebellion members have been staging non-violent demonstrations across the Country in recent months and calling on the government to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and ‘communicate the urgency for change’.

So far, it’s been confirmed that the roads affected will be Bishopgate Street, Neville Street and the Headrow with the possibility of further demonstration elsewhere around the city.

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