Extinction Rebellion blocks entrances to Farnborough, protesting about the high…

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Extinction Rebellion blocks entrances to Farnborough, protesting about the high…

Extinction Rebellion blocks entrances to Farnborough, protesting about the high CO2 from private jets
2021-10-02 13:44:00
Extinction Rebellion Farnborough activists blocked three entrances to Farnborough, which is a private airport in Hampshire.  They are protesting at the very high carbon emissions produced by private jet flights – which could be x20 as high carbon as a trip on a commercial plane. Farnborough airport is the largest for private jets in the UK, with no commercial flights and few military. The flights are largely used by the very rich, celebrities and business leaders. Some of the protesters locked themselves to a stretch limousine, with a driver being locked onto the steering wheel, and to fuel barrels and a 3-metre steel tripod.  At one point they moved flags blocking a road, in order to allow a car leave the airport to take someone to hospital. The airport continued to operate during the protest.  Farnborough boasts of “offering a 5 star service with no compromises.” It operated over 32,500 flights in 2019, with 27% at weekends.  There was a reduction in flights in 2020 (Covid) but a far  smaller reduction than for commercial airlines. People who could afford to preferred to continue to travel, but on private jets. These jets tend to carry, on average, about 2.3 passengers. The airport hopes to expand to 50,000 flights per year.  .Tweet   Farnborough Airport entrances blocked by XR protesters 2.10.2021  (BBC) Environmental activists have blocked three entrances to Farnborough Airport, which is a private airport in Hampshire. Campaign group members are outside three entrances to Farnborough Airport protesting against carbon dioxide levels produced by private flights. Some of the protesters have locked themselves to a stretch limousine, fuel barrels and a steel tripod. An airport spokeswoman said authorities were monitoring the situation and the airport was still fully operational. An Extinction Rebellion spokesman said: “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.” Protesters have accused the airport of “greenwashing” after it announced a switch to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which is created using non-recyclable household waste. Greenwashing is a term used for companies allegedly using misleading information to make products or services sound more environmentally friendly. Todd Smith, 32, activist and former airline pilot from Reading, Berkshire, criticised Farnborough Airport’s move to offer sustainable aviation fuel as an alternative. He said: “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. “Biofuels result in l

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