CHILDREN from a Hillingdon primary school threatened with demolition will shortly be attending a rally to protest against plans to expand Heathrow Airport.

The event, organised by We CAN, will take place at 5pm today (Monday) in Old Palace Yard opposite the Houses of Parliament.

No Third Runway Action Group (NoTRAG) chairwoman Geraldine Nicholson is a mother with children at Heathrow Primary School, in Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson.

She will be joining a large number of its pupils at the rally which will be addressed by a number of high-profile speakers including the environmentalist and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith.

At 6pm the children, accompanied by their parents and adult friends, will go inside Parliament to lobby their MPs - including Hayes and Harlington's John McDonnell.

The children's rally will outline the impact which climate change will have on future generations. It will highlight, in particular, the contribution of aviation and of coal.

Theo Wilson, aged 13, explained why he is planning to take part in the gathering: "My parents' generation have had all their fun, burning up the planet. I feel they have let us down, by not thinking about our future."

The children will be in costume and will carry signs reading "Coal Kills" and "Our Future In Their Hands."

John Stewart, the chair of the campaign group HACAN, said: "This rally by children should really bring it home to politicians the folly of building a third runway at Heathrow.

"The third runway will be a major contributor to climate change. The World Development Movement calculated that it will emit the same amount of CO2 emissions in one year as the entire economy of Kenya.

"Future generations will point to Gordon Brown and Geoff Hoon as the guilty men who gave the go-ahead to a third runway in the full knowledge that Heathrow was a major contributor to climate change."

We CAN was started by a group of mothers and young people who are gravely concerned about the government's failure to take decisive action on climate change. The CAN in the name stands for Climate Action Now.

They are supported by celebrities including Gillian Anderson, Anna Chancellor and Fay Ripley.

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