Anti-climate protesters attacked Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Anti-climate protesters attacked Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Climate activists protest against aviation pollution at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Schiphol, Netherlands, November 5, 2022.

Piroshka Van De Vuw |: Reuters:

Hundreds of climate activists stormed the private jet section of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Saturday as part of protests in and around the airport.

Activists stopped the flight of several planes by sitting in front of the wheels. Commercial flights have not been delayed since early afternoon. Environmental groups Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion organized demonstrations to protest pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry, as well as local noise, according to the organizations.

Protesters also protested in the airport’s main concourse and carried signs reading “Restrict Aviation” and “More Trains,” Reuters reported. The military police said in a statement that they detained several “persons who were in the airport area without permission”.

“We have been campaigning for years to stop the widespread pollution at Schiphol, and for good reason. The airport has to reduce its flight movements, but instead is building a brand new terminal. The wealthy elite are using more private jets than ever before. which is the most polluting way to fly,” Dewi Zloch from Greenpeace Netherlands said in the statement.

Greenpeace noted that Schiphol is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the Netherlands, emitting more than 12 billion kilograms per year. The airport has responded to climate protests by saying it will aim to become zero emissions by 2030 and that it supports targets for the entire industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Ruud Sondag, CEO of Schiphol said the statement that he has been committed to a sustainable Netherlands for 25 years and that he shares the activists’ sense of urgency.

“As an aviation industry, we must do everything we can to become calmer and cleaner. That’s my point. The problem is huge, but doable,” the translation of the statement reads. Sondag said he plans to speak with Greenpeace, employees, unions and others in the coming days.

“And on Saturday,” he said, “be kind, but keep it neat.”

The Dutch government is reportedly considering including private jet traffic in its climate policy. The government announced an annual passenger limit of 440,000 at the airport in June, citing air pollution and climate concerns.

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