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“Stop Lying!”: Greta Thunberg strikes again

"Stop Lying!": Greta Thunberg strikes again

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Konrad SiwikKonrad Siwik,19.03.2024 12:45

On Monday, a group of climate activists from the Fridays for Future movement, including Greta Thunberg, disrupted Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) 's general shareholders' meeting in Sweden. The protestors accused SAS of greenwashing, i.e., misrepresenting itself as an environmentally friendly company.

Greta Thunberg and other activists from Fridays for Future entered the meeting room at SAS headquarters in Frosundavik, Stockholm. They carried banners and raised slogans condemning SAS for its high CO2 emissions and lack of action on climate change. The group was allowed to attend the meeting because Fridays for Future owns shares in the airline.

"Our message to SAS is that they must stop lying and misleading the public by making their services appear sustainable. They engage in "greenwashing," Thunberg said before the start of the meeting.

Fridays for Future is a youth climate movement founded in 2018 after 15-year-old Thunberg began protesting in front of the Swedish parliament. The movement has organised mass protests in cities around the world, calling on governments and companies to take stronger action on climate change.

Greta Thunberg disrupted the airline's shareholder meeting

Representatives of Fridays for Future said that there are no environmentally sustainable flights. They also asked how SAS intends to reduce the number of flights in the coming years. SAS CEO Anko van der Werff answered the question.

"SAS has done a lot to comply with the Paris Agreement. We have acted to be in line with the agreement’s guidelines. Flying is important, it is important that the world meets," said der Werff.

Thunberg, without being asked to speak, questioned the CEO's statement. The activist asked how the SAS board can sleep at night while, in her opinion, people are already dying because of the climate crisis.

"Why don’t you respect our future? Why do you only come up with platitudes? You don’t listen to us or the research," said the activist.

The airline defends its sustainability record

During the meeting between SAS shareholders and activists, tensions rose as some individuals asked the activists to leave the premises and follow the meeting rules. One shareholder stated that while everyone has the right to freedom of speech, it must be presented according to the rules of order in the room.

On the other hand, SAS defends its sustainability record, stating that it is investing in new technologies such as biofuels and electric aircraft to reduce emissions. The company has also committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. However, climate activists argue that these measures are not enough. They assert that SAS needs to drastically reduce the number of flights to reduce its environmental impact realistically.

Source: Sweden Posten English

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