An Air France 777 was just destroyed by Greenpeace at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Greenpeace “paints” Air France 777 green
Today a group of Greenpeace protesters painted an Air France 777 green at Charles de Gaulle Airport. It is unknown how exactly they managed to bypass security and get onto the tarmac (but that seems like a security risk and someone should be held accountable) but they did. They sprayed the plane for quite a while in white suits with the words “Greenwashing in Progress” written on it.
🔴Direct action – vous voulez voir un avion vert?
Alors que l’urgence klimatique exige une réduction du trafic aérien, @Djebbari_JB pense encore qu’un (hypothétique) avion vert suffira.
– Greenpeace France (@greenpeacefr) March 5, 2021
The aircraft that was spray painted was an Air France 777-200ER with registration code F-GSPB. The plane was delivered to the airline in 1998 and has not flown for almost a year. The last flight for this aircraft was on March 17, 2020 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Greenpeace, it is a non-governmental environmental organization that calls itself “non-violent creative action to pave the way for a greener, more peaceful world and to face the systems that threaten our environment” describes.
What was Greenpeace’s motive?
Greenpeace is angry because the organization believes that a significant reduction in air traffic is needed to address climate change. This is how the Greenpeace website describes its actions and attitudes:
This morning Greenpeace activists walked onto the tarmac at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport to denounce the government’s airborne greenwashing. In view of the climate crisis, it is necessary to regulate and reduce air traffic in such a way that it is compatible with the Paris Agreement, while awaiting the transformation of this sector and the social consequences that this would have for all workers. and affected workers.
A few days before the start of the parliamentary debates on the Climate and Resilience Law, we would like to remind you that the technological innovations praised so much by Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari will not be enough to contain the climate crisis. The regulation and reduction of air traffic are essential.
In particular, Greenpeace argues that:
- All airport expansion projects in France must be stopped
- Flights should be banned for markets where train travel takes less than 6 hours. The government had previously agreed to such a policy for train journeys of up to 2 hours and 30 minutes
- More money needs to be invested in train traffic so that it is available in even more markets
- Airlines should not be able to escape their environmental commitments by offsetting carbon, but they must significantly reduce emissions, and this cannot be achieved by just getting more fuel-efficient aircraft
If you are wondering how politicians are taking this feedback, the answer seems to be “not very good”. Greenpeace France tweeted to French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, saying the following:
“So with all these elements @Djebbari_JB: When do you really start reducing air traffic to bring the sector in line with the climate emergency?”
Donc avec tous ces éléments @Djebbari_JB : quand est ce que vous mettez véritablement on route la réduction du trafic aérien, pour mettre le secteur en phase avec l’urgence klimatique?
– Greenpeace France (@greenpeacefr) March 4, 2021
Djebbari simply replied to this tweet by saying:
Des poursuites pénales? https://t.co/BJxg0DECON
– Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) March 5, 2021
Greenpeace managed to break into the safe area of Charles de Gaulle Airport and spray an Air France 777 green as part of an environmental protest. The organization does this a few days before the French government discusses a climate change law.