Private Jets Blocked in East Hamptons NY and Spain
East Hampton Airport sees a large number of private jets flying in and out, daily. Besides the East Hampton’s already being an exceptionally wealthy part of town, this burden on the climate is massive. That’s why it is good to see someone who is already wealthy, Abigail Disney (of the Disney fortune), not only peacefully relinquishing her own past use of private jets, but challenging the use of them by her financial peers.
“These same rich people farting into the Hamptons on private jets are often the ones who make their money in industries that hugely accelerate the climate crisis,” Teddy Ogborn, action participant, and Planet Over Profit organizer, said in a statement. “As long as the 1% continues to needlessly poison our air and heat our earth, we will continue to escalate our actions against them.”
One assessment found that private jets are 5 to 14 times more polluting than commercial flights per passenger. The same study blamed 50% of aviation emissions on just 1% of people. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency found that, in 2020, US civilian, noncommercial aircraft usage, (mostly privately run and operated jets) created as much emissions as all US bus travel.
Rose Abramoff, Scientist Rebellion had this to say, “Oh f*ck yes Abigail Disney - thank you for your solidarity! Who’s joining for the next one??”
A Flurry of Activism Humiliated Luxury Overdoses in Spain Yesterday
The colorful action on the left is part of Futuro Vegetal (Vegetable Future) campaign to call out elites and their consumption and destruction of the planet. In the action they were joined by an Extinction Rebellion activist from XR Ibiza.
Part of the campaign has slogans such as, "Jets and yachts, the party's over" and “Your Luxury = Our Climate Crisis.” The runway at the Ibiza airport was temporarily shut down while the activists were removed and the mess cleaned up.
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