Extinction Rebellion activists claim to have shut down all key entrances to a private airport in protest of private jet pollution.
As part of the protest, an extended limousine was parked at the Farnborough Airport gates in Hampshire. The demonstrators, which include a former airline pilot, are raising awareness about the pollution created by private flights.
“As world leaders gather for the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow this month, protesters are calling on the world’s super-rich elite of celebrities, oligarchs and business leaders to ditch private flights,” an Extinction Rebellion spokesman stated.
“These private flyers, just one percent of the world’s population, cause half of aviation’s global emissions,” the Climate Change protest organisation stated.
“Extinction Rebellion is also demanding the Government stops private flights now.”
“The 30,000 private flights to and from Farnborough Airport each year carry an average of just 2.3 passengers, with each passenger responsible for the emission of nine times as much carbon as an economy flight to the US and 20 times that to Spain,” they stated.
“The airport has permission to increase flight movements to 50,000 a year.”
The gang has erected barricades at three critical airport exits, with activists atop a three-meter-high steel tripod at one and fuel barrels at another.
A extended limousine is blocking the third entrance, with a driver fastened to the wheel and a protester costumed as a media mogul glued to the roof.
Farnborough Airport’s decision to provide sustainable aviation fuel as an alternative fuel was criticised by protester Todd Smith, 32, a former airline pilot from Reading, Berkshire.
“The term ‘sustainable aviation fuel’ was coined by the aviation and fossil fuel industry to deceive the public and greenwash the utterly destructive nature of biofuels,” he stated.
“Biofuels result in land grabs, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, rising food prices and land-use emissions which can be worse than the fossil fuel they are replacing.”
“Farnborough Airport is aware of a number of unauthorised persons gathering at the entrance to the airport,” an airport spokesman stated. “The airport is still fully operational. Authorities are continually monitoring the situation.”
“We can confirm that officers are at Farnborough Airport where a protest is taking place,” a Hampshire police spokeswoman said.
“Everyone has the right to free speech and protest.”
“We have a long history of facilitating peaceful protest and upholding the right to protest, while balancing it with the rights of others, keeping the public safe, preventing crime and disorder, and seeking to minimise disruption.”
“At this time no arrests have been made.”