Climate Activists Glued Themselves to Berlin Runway

The perpetrators were part of the group ‘Last Generation.’

QUICK FACTS:
  • German activists broke into the Brandenburg Airport in Berlin on Thursday and glued themselves to the runway.
  • The participants said they were protesting the government’s lack of action on climate change.
  • The group, Letzte Generation, or “Last Generation,” is encouraging the German government to put its money toward rail travel.
  • “One affluent percent of the population is responsible for around half of flight-related greenhouse gas emissions,” Last Generation said in a public statement.
THE AIRPORT’S RESPONSE:
  • The airport told members of the media that the group included a 70-year-old man, the group entered the airport without authorization, and around 13 flights were forced to divert their course or change plans due to not being able to use the runway.
  • The day after six climate activists broke into the airport and halted flights, authorities in Germany on Friday were assessing security precautions at Berlin’s airport.
BACKGROUND:
  • Two Belgian climate activists who glued themselves to a famous painting received a prison sentence earlier this month, American Faith reported. The men targeted the Johannes Vermeer painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” as one glued his head to the painting and the other poured a can of soup over his head.
  • Last month climate activists threw soup at a Van Gogh painting in a London gallery. The anti-fossil fuel demonstrators dumped soup over the well-known 1888 painting “Sunflowers” at London’s National Gallery.