Manchester Histories Festival 2022 – Expansion rebellion

  • DATE

    9 June 2022

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Manchester Central Library
    St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Author Celeste Hicks in conversation with Dr Jenna Ashton about her book on using the law to fight a runway and save the planet.

For many people concerned about global warming, the 2018 vote by UK parliamentarians to proceed with the plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport was a devastating blow. Aviation was predicted to make up some 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions by 2050 and so the decision seemed to fly in the face of the UK’s commitment to be a climate leader.

Can the UK expand Heathrow airport, bringing in 700 extra planes a day, and still stay within ambitious carbon budgets? One legal case sought to answer this question. Campaigning lawyers argued that plans for a third runway at one of the world’s busiest airports would jeopardise the UK’s ability to meet its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

This book traces the dramatic story of how the case was prepared – and why international aviation has for so long avoided meaningful limits on its expansion. This is a story of hope in the face of widespread consternation over the global climate crisis.

Celeste will be signing books at the end of the talk.


We endeavour to ensure that Festival events are accessible to all and welcome you to contact us regarding any specific requirements you may have before the event: or 0161 306 1982.

The venue is fully accessible and there will be a BSL (British Sign Language) signer present at the venue.


The event is free of charge but as a small charity we welcome your donations as your help will enable us to continue our work. Suggested donations from £3.00 – £10.00. All donations gratefully received.

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