Activists slam climate delegates flying to conference on private jets

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Activists slam climate delegates flying to conference on private jets

They’re burning the climate at both ends.

Activists have lambasted delegates to this year’s United Nations climate conference as hypocrites for traveling to the confab in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt by private jet.

Egyptian authorities told AFP that some 400 private jets had flown in to the Red Sea resort city from around the world for the global meeting on limiting carbon emissions — known as COP27.

The meeting kicked off days after activists across Europe and the United States blockaded airports in protest of private jets.

European advocacy group Transport and Environment estimates that a private jet can emit two tons of carbon dioxide in one hour — five to 14 times more pollution per passenger than a commercial airliner.

“Private jets = climate crisis,” the St. Albans, England chapter of the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion tweeted Thursday along with a photo of protesters at Luton Airport, outside London.

Climate protestors are demanding the delegates in Sharm El-Sheik support a ban on private jet travel and a tax on frequent fliers.

While Egyptian authorities say some 400 of the 33,000 registered participants at the COP27 flew in on the small jets, several outlets have reported smaller numbers.

Protestors at an airport in Milan, Italy on Thursday.
Protestors at an airport in Milan, Italy on Thursday.

protestors holding signs
Climate activists are asking officials to ban private air travel and tax frequent fliers.

Protestors at an airport in Farnborough, UK.
Protestors at an airport in Farnborough, UK.

Protestors in north carolina blocking a gate
Protestors blocking the The entrance of the Wilson Air Terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina

The BBC reported earlier this week that it had counted 100 private jets through the use of flight-tracking apps. But tracking website FlightRadar24 told the outlet that more private flights could have been used, citing the possibility of undercounting due to poor tracking coverage in the area.

A Thursday report by Climate Action Against Disinformation, a watchdog group that tracks attempts to spread what it calls false narratives about climate policy, warned that the private plane pandemonium could in fact be based on false data.

At last year’s COP26, several suspected disinformation accounts accused attendees of “hypocrisy and elitism.”

Indeed, an image supposedly taken at last year’s conference in Glasgow, Scotland, showing some 400 private jets on a tarmac was in fact a photograph of the jets that had flown in to New Orleans for the 2013 Super Bowl.

This week, one social media post in Spanish claimed that nearly 1,500 private jets had flown into Egypt for the conference — but the attached photo was of planes at an aviation forum in Las Vegas.

With Post wires

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