While many of us are growing ever-more concerned about catastrophic global warming, the super-wealthy are continuing to jet around the world on private planes, emitting more carbon than half of the world’s population put together.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is now looking to target the richest emitters, blocking private jet terminals at Luton Airport on Tuesday (February 14) as part of a new strategy to “make wealthy polluters pay” and move away from disrupting the lives of “normal working people”
The environmental group claimed the protest, which involved XR members blockading the entrances to Luton Airport’s Harrods Aviation and Signature private jet terminals, formed a demand to the UK government to “ban private jets” and “tax frequent flyers”.
The group of activists reportedly took to the airport and blocked all three gates to the private jet terminal, holding flags and banners reading: “Love in action”.
“I’m an aviation worker, but feel that I can’t stand by watching the emissions from my industry continue to grow and contribute so heavily to the climate change carnage wreaking havoc around the world,” Finlay Asher, 32, founder of Safe Landing, a group for ex-aviation workers concerned about the climate, said.
“These impacts are mostly felt by the poorest communities, so it’s sickening to also realise that an elite minority of super-rich mega polluters are responsible for the majority of global emissions from air travel.”