“Our leaders aren’t showing the way, the leadership looks like it,” Greta Thunberg said on Friday about Cop26, to be held in Scotland from October 31 to November 12. To the environmental activist, this convention is a “failure,” a “celebration” of “business” as usual, and blah.
And there is some question in the reports written on the spot by many media. While the main objective of the conference is to respond to the climate emergency by significantly reducing these greenhouse gas emissions, many participants have chosen to arrive … in private jets.
A jet trip is 150 times more polluting than a train
According to daily mail, “400 private jets have landed in Glasgow”. The influx of private planes is so significant that it “caused traffic jams on the airport’s tarmac, forcing some planes to travel another 50 kilometers to find a place to park,” said one journalist. France Television.
Monaco’s Prince Albert, Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Jeff Bezos … Many leaders of states or multinationals were exonerated by the British press earlier this week. “High-flying hypocrite” headlined Scottish Daily Mail on Monday which is equivalent to “13,000 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere,” More than 1,600 Scots burn greenhouse gases a year.”
The greats of this world gathered in Glasgow, described by the Scottish Daily Mail as a “high-flying hypocrite”. According to the newspaper, 400 jets landed for the coop.
Before considering the diplomatic record of this summit, we have to look at its carbon footprint. #COP26 pic.twitter.com/xKhHFQpaoT
— alison tassin (@alison tassin) 2 November 2021
Journeys that could be done by train or regular flights. According to the daily: “An average private jet trip emits ten times more greenhouse gases per person than a single trip on an economy class flight, and 150 times more than a train journey.”
boris johnson, bad student
Among the bad students, it’s hard to remember B.Orris Johnson. according to the calculation of france info, “To travel 555 km, the British Prime Minister would have rejected 760 kg of CO2. The same train journey would have represented 960 grams of CO2. It is about 1,000 times less”. NS
The British government justified itself by citing an overloaded agenda. We can also note that Joe Biden’s procession came, According to liberation, With four presidential planes, a helicopter and twenty cars…
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, and Sadiq Khan, her counterpart, are an exception by opting for the train, which is more politically correct. Hope this routine goes well.
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