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 in a demonstration on the eve of the COP27 UN climate conference in Egypt.

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

Dewi Zloch of Greenpeace Netherlands said the activists want “fewer 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 grounds without permission.

Responding on Friday to an open letter from Greenpeace, Schiphol’s new CEO Ruud Sondag said the airport aims for “emission-free airports in 2030 and net climate-neutral aviation in 2050. And we have a duty to be at the forefront of that,” but admitted. it had to happen faster.

More than 120 world leaders will attend this year’s UN climate talks in the Red Sea coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh from Sunday.

Hot topics for discussion at the negotiations on 6-18. November, including further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and increased financial assistance to poor countries struggling with the effects of climate change.

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