Bears add musical twist to Gatwick Airport expansion debate

The Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions group held a protest against climate change in the airport terminal - pictures contributed by CAGNE
The Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions group held a protest against climate change in the airport terminal - pictures contributed by CAGNE
  • Campaigners dressed as polar bears for runway expansion protest
  • Group focused on effect of air emissions on climate change

Polar bears descended on Gatwick Airport last weekend as part of a protest group’s campaign to stop a second runway being built there.

Members of Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions carried out the peaceful protest with song and dance to raise awareness of the polar ice caps melting due to air pollution.

A CAGNE spokesman said: “The event was friendly and fun with the bears dancing and passengers joining in chanting and understanding the plight of the world concerning climate change. Polar bears symbolising the ice melting due to climate change.

“To build a new runway at Gatwick Airport or anywhere in the South East will breach climate targets.

“The bears were helped by some local concerned residents from Kent, Sussex and Surrey and took about 15 minutes before bears left the terminal having made their point on climate change.

“This is the first time that the bears have been to Gatwick Airport and provides an indication of the growing concerns over the damage a new runway at Gatwick would have on the local environmental as well as the world.”