In my previous column about smearing paintings in protest of the climate crisis, I dismissed this measure out of business and strategic considerations. I found the relationship between painting and climate illogical and I feared this work would provoke public resistance. Readers who responded to this column broadly agreed with me, but immediately added “But what is the possible action?” The answer came a few days later. On Saturday, November 5, hundreds of Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace activists made their way to the Schiphol private jet landing pad and prevented the planes from taking off. Activists sat in front of the planes, others circled in circles. Music was made and walked around. He was very happy. Marechaussee was completely surprised and only moved after a few hours. Activists were arrested, deported and given a police report.
In contrast to the “distortion panels”, the relationship between the object of the verb and the object of the verb should not be missed. If there’s any place air traffic should be limited, it’s with private jets.
In keeping with the process as I described it in my previous column, there were immediate angry reactions, this time from Telegraaf and from Harlemmer Mayor Schuurmanns. The milder crowd-friendly actions, which usually follow a stimulating drastic measure, took place on the same day within walking distance at the same Schiphol airport. Hundreds of activists from the “Forefathers for Climate” organization also attended here. They stood there holding signs to explain to travelers that it was no longer possible to fly. “Less journey, more path.”
The pilots on their way to work showed annoyance, but the vast majority of the audience watched the scene with interest and not necessarily unsympathetically. Commentary in newspapers, with the exception of Telegraaf, was not negative either. Minister Gettin said on the TV program “Buitenhof” that he understood the activists’ anger. The minister said the major polluting sectors, industry and aviation had done little in recent years. As a member of the ruling coalition, he added that touching other people’s property can create an arena of tension. The extent to which the business falls into favorable ground can be seen from the following. At the same time, a report from Oxfam Novib It showed that the 27 richest people have the same amount of carbon dioxide2 It emits like all France. On the same Saturday, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam opened an exhibition on the harms of plastic and museums organized workshops titled “People in Search of Their Inner Activist.”
Everywhere there is now an understanding that personally sustainable living – driving less, showering less, heating less – is beneficial, but wholly insufficient to reduce climate change worldwide. Most important of all these private austerity campaigns is that they help generate greater political support, support, and understanding for large-scale public campaigns. Thus, laws and measures can be successfully requested from national and international governments that can really put an end to the destructive impact of ever-increasing carbon dioxide.2 emissions. The UN Environment Committee now expects a temperature rise of 2.2 to 2.6 degrees if policy remains unchanged. They pointed out that this increase will lead to floods and droughts, especially in poor countries, and millions of deaths as a result. None of the politicians at the climate summit in Egypt deny this. They express their concern in disturbing terms. However, all these kind words hardly lead to effective actions. If nothing or very little happens, we will be heading to an unlivable world in 15 years, resulting in massive human and animal deaths.
Many measures, both radical and less radical, must be followed to prevent this mass death.
Note: A few days after the demonstration, a proposal was made in Amsterdam City Council by GroenLinks and SP to ban the landing of private aircraft in Schiphol (the Amsterdam municipality is a shareholder of Schiphol).
Photos by Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, and Grandparents for Climate