According to Sky News, demonstrators against climate change surged onto an airport at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport on Thursday and fastened themselves to the airport runway. As a result, the airport was forced to close its landing and takeoff airstrips.
What Does This Group Letzte Generation Want?
On Thursday, climate activists at a Berlin airport temporarily delayed plane movement at the airport after some of the activists nailed themselves to the runway.
In order to voice their disapproval of the emissions that are caused by airplane travel, the members of an organization known as Letzte Generation completely shut down air traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
Aktivisten können das Rollfeld eines Großflughafens stürmen, einfach so. Was will sich dieser Staat noch alles bieten lassen, weil er die grüne Moralkeule fürchtet? #LetzteGeneration https://t.co/0uIt9ns2Xp
— Nikolaus Blome (@NikolausBlome) November 24, 2022
In a statement, Letzte Generation claimed that regular people should not travel by plane since it is not a practical mode of transportation. They went on to say that the majority of people, which accounts for around 80 percent of the population of the world, had never flown in their whole lives.
Around the same percentage of the population is responsible for approximately half of the greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by flights.
The protest group Letzte Generation stated that its members communicated their intentions to the police just before reaching the airport.
As of Thursday night, local time, the airport has restored flight services on its runways; nevertheless, the airport issued a warning that there might still be delays and requested passengers to be patient.
This Isn’t The First Time…
In the past, Letzte Generation has participated in antics of a like nature. In an effort to draw attention to the ongoing climate crisis, two of the group’s protesters visited a museum in Germany last month.
At that time they started throwing mashed potatoes at a painting by Claude Monet. The museum was located in the Barberini.
A group called @AufstandLastGen threw mashed potatoes all over a Monet painting in Potsdam today, which is not quite as shocking as you might imagine. After all, hate-drunk fanatics attacking works of art (and literature) has a bit of a history in Germany. https://t.co/2spnKfRs7s pic.twitter.com/sDapohnRTM
— Consent Factory (@consent_factory) October 23, 2022
According to the news agency Reuters, a representative for the airport stated that the activists had infiltrated the airport from two different places, one in the north and the other in the south, and that police had arrested them.
The representative was unable to provide information on the number of flights that were disrupted.
FlightRadar24, a service that monitors aircraft flights, revealed that several planes that were scheduled to fly to the airport decided to take a different path instead.
According to a report by the RBB broadcasting company that cited Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, the corporation that controls the airports in Dresden and Leipzig, as of 6 p.m. (1700 GMT), approximately thirteen flights had been rerouted to airports in the state of Saxony, which is located further to the east.
This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.