Keywords: Heathrow campaigners, historic victory, campaign against expansion plans, coalition building, economic case for expansion, pro-active campaigning, climate change, crumbling globalised markets, airport expansion, UK, United Kingdom, green economics
Heathrow campaigners – heading for a historic victory?
The article assesses the reasons why the government may be heading for a historic defeat over its plans to expand Heathrow. It shows how the people and organisations campaigning to stop the expansion learnt vital lessons from past defeats. It highlights three key tactics the campaigners have used: building a wide-ranging coalition encompassing such diverse groups as local authorities and direct action activists, running a high-profile, pro-active, agenda-setting campaign and a willingness to challenge the government's economic arguments. The campaign is set against a background of peak oil, a deep economic recession and the threat of climate change.