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How the campaign to stop the third runway was won

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Abstract:

Describes the long campaign to stop the building of a third runway at Heathrow airport, and shows why the campaign was successful. The formation of AirportWatch as a broad coalition capable of encompassing a wide range of people and standpoints was crucial for the campaign, which included people from all the mainstream political parties, local authorities, Plane Stupid and other direct activists, major national environmental groups, campaigners against noise, and local groups defending their communities such as NOTRAG. Persistence was also part of the necessary mix, as was focused attention on research-based arguments and the offering of alternatives.

Keywords: AIRPORT WATCH; CAMPAIGNING; CLIMATE CHANGE; HEATHROW AIRPORT; RUNWAY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3898/136266211795427648

Publication date: 2011-04-08

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