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Climate activists block private jets at Amsterdam airport

Climate activists block private jets at Amsterdam airport

EDE, Netherlands (AP) — Hundreds of climate protesters blocked private jets from leaving Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Saturday during a protest on the eve of COP27 UN climate meeting in Egypt.

Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion protesters sat around the private jets to stop them leaving and others cycled around the planes.

Dewi Zloch of Greenpeace Netherlands said campaigners want “less flights, more trains and a ban on unnecessary short-haul flights and private jets”.

Military police said they arrested a number of protesters for being on airport property without permission.

Responding to an open letter from Greenpeace on Friday, Schiphol’s new CEO Ruud Sondag said the airport is aiming for “emission-free airports by 2030 and climate-clean aviation by 2050. And we have the duty to lead the way”, but conceded it had to be done faster.

More than 120 world leaders will take part in this year’s UN climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort, from Sunday.

Tricky issues will be discussed at the November 6-18 talks, including further cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing financial aid to poor countries struggling with the effects of climate change.


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