/Bitter flight-ban dispute rocks Extinction Rebellion as founder compares it to eating meat

Bitter flight-ban dispute rocks Extinction Rebellion as founder compares it to eating meat

Extinction Rebellion descends into bitter infighting over flights as founder compares it to eating meat and accuses celebrity backers of hypocrisy 

  • One of the group’s founders Roger Hallam has branded air travel a ‘no no’
  • Many high profile supporters of Extinction Rebellion rack up the air miles 
  • Said the expansion of Heathrow in London is a ‘crime against humanity’ 

Tension is brewing at campaign group Extinction Rebellion as activists continue to discuss whether or not flying is ever acceptable.

One of the climate crisis group’s founders, Roger Hallam, has branded air travel a ‘no no’, despite the fact that many of its celebrity supporters often rack up the air miles by using aircraft.

My Hallam also claimed that flying was bad for any ‘vaguely moral person in this society’ and also compared using planes to ‘eating meat’.

Speaking on the Free Flight UK podcast he said: ‘It’s just a physical fact that it’s beyond bad’.

Members of the group are said to be struggling to agree to a policy on flying. The group is pictured above after it protested at City Airport in London

Members of the group are said to be struggling to agree to a policy on flying. The group is pictured above after it protested at City Airport in London

Members of the group are said to be struggling to agree to a policy on flying. The group is pictured above after it protested at City Airport in London 

Roger Hallam (above) likened travelling by plane to eating meat and said it was a 'no no'

Roger Hallam (above) likened travelling by plane to eating meat and said it was a 'no no'

Roger Hallam (above) likened travelling by plane to eating meat and said it was a ‘no no’

Free Flight UK encourages people to take a pledge to stop flying and Mr Hallam added that the planned expansion of Heathrow Airport was a ‘crime against humanity’.

Extinction Rebellion showed how they felt about air travel in October, after members took over City Airport in London, with some gluing themselves to aircrafts.

The group has also suggested the UK government rations flights, while other parts have said people should be allowed one return flight every two years.

An Extinction Rebellion protester climbs on top of British Airways aircraft at London City Airport as a number of different attemps are made to bring the airport to a standstill

An Extinction Rebellion protester climbs on top of British Airways aircraft at London City Airport as a number of different attemps are made to bring the airport to a standstill

An Extinction Rebellion protester climbs on top of British Airways aircraft at London City Airport as a number of different attemps are made to bring the airport to a standstill

According to The Telegraph, senior members are uneasy about famous backers donating to the campaign if they are going to be so open about using planes as a means of transport.

In the summer it was revealed that many celebrities that had turned up at the rallies had previously flown on private jets and taken first class flights.

Dame Emma Thompson had famously flown 5,400 miles from Los Angeles to London to speak at an Extinction event in spring.

Even though members understand it’s impractical for people to sale everywhere, many are still uncomfortable with the carbon footprint planes leave.

Speaking to The Telegraph Victoria Valentine, who launched an XR branch in Lincolnshire, said she advocated “very strict rationing”, with “pretty much no permission for flights unless it is to visit a dying relative or crucial for some other reason”.

Some also said that private jets should be banned all together and a spokesperson for Extinction said the group was always welcoming when it came to various threads of conversation surrounding the topic of air travel.

 

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