This is a counter-campaign I’ve started on Steady State Manchester. For those of us who might fly occasionally (when there isn’t an alternative and the journey seems necessary – but careful…) then yes we should pay this modest tax – or even better willingly pay a stonking carbon tax. Read the post to see what actions you can take.
There have been straws in the wind and now there is a concerted campaign to abolish Air Passenger Duty (APD) – see http://www.afairtaxonflying.org/ (sorry you’ll have to copy and paste – we don’t want to help them too much!)The campaign is backed by Manchester Airport Group (with majority stakes from the councils in Greater Manchester), and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, although so far there has been little support from other North West businesses. We are launching a counter-campaign – see below and please lend your support.
Let’s just go over the facts again:
As we noted in our In Place of Growth report: “[Total carbon footprint due to] ‘personal flights’ accounts for 11.19% of Greater Manchester’s emissions (and 15.18% of Manchester’s), the aviation sector only accounts for 1.3% of the economy (measured by GVA, a local variant of GDP) and this is growing rapidly (3% in 2011)”. Heavily…
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