Say No to Expansion of Aviation
Why this is important
Despite the ill effects on our health, sleep, safety, nature and climate, global aviation is growing and expected to expand enormously. We are silenced with promises of less noise and pollution which always turn out to be false. New airports are built, destroying forests and the homes of people.
Plane exhausts (particulates and ozone) contribute to poor health, and not just for those people living close to the airport. Studies indicate that ultrafine particles penetrate deep in the lungs and blood. Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes. The most common causes of death due to air pollution are cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, according to the UN's World Health Organization.
Airplane noise causes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and even organ damage. Airplane noise at night also increases blood pressure even when people are sleeping. Chronically sleeping less than 6 hours can kill you according to research. Poor quality of sleep increases the risk of Alzheimer.
Not only people living near airports are affected by airplane noise, but also those living far away.
Aircraft noise can seriously affect the health and psychological well‐being of children, impairs children's reading ability and long‐term memory. Schools exposed to high levels of aircraft noise are not healthy educational environments.
A lot of airports are situated near cities. This implicates a lot of victims in case of plane crashes.
Plane exhausts (CO2, NOx) are changing the climate rapidly. Planes also form clouds (contrails) which also affect our climate tremendously. This also diminishes the number of sunny days. In general, we tend to focus on the effects of CO2, but combined all these almost triple the negative effect on climate.
We need nature to relax, to wind down. Walking in nature decreases mental fatigue, lowers stress hormones and blood pressure. However, more and more peace and calmness in nature are disturbed by the noise of airplanes, preventing us to relax.
Some plane exhaust (NOx) acidify the soil. This causes big problems in nature such as the extinction of plants, which in turn affects animals.
Dit is een wereldwijde petitie. Aan de regeringen zal worden gevraagd het aantal vluchten te beperken en dit wettelijk vast te leggen, nationaal en internationaal.
Dit is ook essentieel om krimp van Schiphol te realiseren. Zo kunnen we ook internationaal druk creëren op de luchtvaart in Nederland en helpen we ook andere omwonenden in andere landen.
Tekenen van de petitie kan via de onderstaande link.
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