Canadian teachers show support for student video opposing Bristol Airport expansion
PUBLISHED: 12:18 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:31 28 May 2019
Canadian teachers have shown their support after a video made by a group of students opposed to Bristol Airport's expansion plans went viral.
The video, an open letter to Ontario teachers, whose pension fund owns the airport, was created by the teenagers, as part of the Stop Bristol Airport Expansion campaign and has been seen more than 57,000 times and shared 634 times, since being posted to Facebook, on April 12.
Many Ontario teachers have come out in support of the campaign and have said they will be voicing their concerns with the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan (OTPP), about its investment in Bristol Airport.
Ontario teacher, Kim Deyarmond-Wallace, thanked the teens for their 'clear and informed video'.
She added: "I have emailed OTPP and indicated that my money should be invested elsewhere.
"Hopefully together we can make a change."
Former teacher, Tim Grant, said: "I was aware it had heavily invested in urban sprawl via suburban and rural shopping centres.
"It is going to be tough to change the OTPP's investment patterns, but it is a fight that we must engage in."
Elizabeth Hofmann, a retired teacher, said: "I certainly don't want others affected environmentally by my plan's investments - I'm sure OTTP could find better, healthier investments."
Student Libby Scott, is 'delighted' with the response the video has had.
She said: "To see so many people, particularly members of the OTPP supporting our campaign and helping us fight back has been fantastic.
"It's great to see people facing up to the sacrifices we are going to have to make, particularly when it comes to air travel if we are going to effectively tackle global warming.
"I hope the airport will now take our concerns seriously, and make the decision not to go ahead with the plans."
The OTTP has investments in several airports including minority stakes in Birmingham, Brussels, Copenhagen and London City Airport.
A spokesman for the OTPP said: "Environmental considerations play a pivotal role in everything we do.
"Brussels Airport has turned carbon neutral under OTPP ownership, something which Bristol Airport plans to emulate by 2030."