Schiphol is acting in an unacceptable manner: the damage to climate, nature and health has been ignored for years, and the long queues and chaos have been in the news for months. The Netherlands has stated their commitment to tackling climate change but this state-owned(!) company just continues to pollute. Big changes are desperately needed everywhere. Especially in aviation. State-owned Schiphol Group must join in and stop polluting. Flying simply cannot go on! That is why, together with Greenpeace we are taking massive action for a green and fair future on 5 November. Join us!
Even if you are already an experienced rebel, it is important that you read the part about Affinity Groups & signing up for the action.
To be able to join the action, you need to be briefed on the details. Join one of the online action briefings on the 2nd and 3rd of November, where you will get information like location, packing list, the plan, the strategy, arrestee forms and more. Having this information is important!
The online action briefings will include a (short) part of info on legal aspects. You can ask general questions there as well, about legal implications and risks.
For this action, we are mobilising en masse in Affinity Groups. Sign up your Affinity Group here (one sign-up per group representative) and join our Telegram channel for this action! This way you and your group will stay up to date about briefing details, handy info for the action, and potentially some extra exciting tasks for those who want them. If your AG is interested in extra tasks, needs help starting up, or other questions come up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But most importantly, for both new and already existing AGs, young and old:
Help out for a successful action
Volunteering before, during & after the action:
Would you like to help with one or more of these tasks before, during or after the action?
- action well-being or first aid
- arrestee support
- logistics before, during, or after 5 Nov
- kitchen tasks
- well-being after the action
Or do you want to mobilise before the action:
- Forward messages in groups, to friends, family, etc
- Distribute stickers & posters at work/study/other places
- Go together with others to an AG event
- Use your socials! Post about the action & urge people to come
For forwarding messages, inspiration, print materials and more, check out the mobilisation folder.
Want to get actively involved, but not yet in touch with your local XR group? Then email email@example.com.
The online action briefings will include a (short) part of info on legal aspects. You can ask general questions there as well. You can join a briefing through here:
Both Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace believe in the power of the people uniting to bring about change. A few reasons why we collaborate:
- We want to strengthen the climate movement
- We want to support the struggles of the people working and/ or living around Schiphol
- We are stronger together with our joined resources and believe that collaboration makes us stronger
- We have a clear target and goal together: flying is no longer acceptable
- We believe collaboration makes us stronger
- We value and want to learn from each other's organisations
There will be briefings in Amsterdam and online on the 2nd and 3rd of November where we will explain more of the plan. Joining the briefing will fully prepare you for the action: You will get a meet-up place for the 5th, some information on the action plan, last legal information, tips for well-being and a packing list. To stay updated on the times and locations of the briefings, as well as other action information, check-out the broadcast channel.
Join the broadcast
If you don’t feel ready for the mass action, you can also join the Krimp Luchtvaart Protest, a registered protest at Schiphol Plaza organised by Milieudefensie, Krimp Luchtvaart Coalitie and Platform Vliegoverlast Amsterdam.
Information about the demonstration: Krimp de Luchtvaart.
- Stop polluting. Schiphol must come up with a climate plan in line with no more than 1.5 degrees of warming, also for all emissions from refuelled kerosene. At a minimum, aviation, like other sectors, must halve CO2 and nitrogen emissions by 2030, including for all kerosene fueled. The solution is fewer flights and no opening of Lelystad Airport. Provide a generous aviation fund for employees. Show vision and responsibility for a future with far fewer flights.
- Scrap unnecessary flights. Replace all short-haul flights with trains. And put an end to all private flights, the dirtiest flights.
- Tell the truth. No more greenwashing, Schiphol. Say honestly that CO2 compensation is deception and 'sustainable airplanes' are a fairy tale.
- Set legally binding climate rules. It is also up to the government. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is now working on a CO2 ceiling for aviation that will limit annual emissions. But that ceiling is becoming too high, so Schiphol can continue to pollute until 2070. We demand a ceiling that decreases and is scientifically in line with the 1.5 degree goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Give flying a fair price. Increase the tax on tickets and levy a tax on kerosene. At the moment, the government still subsidises aviation with €2 billion annually. Invest this money smarter by making trains more accessible for everyone.
Joining an action training is the most important step to become involved in this action. There you will also become part of an Affinity Group. However, every event and training will equip you with knowledge on what the next steps can be for you, so trust your feelings and go to whatever speaks the most to you. Also, do not hesitate to already get in contact with your local group.
At trainings and also other events your local group might be organising Affinity Groups (AG) will be formed. An AG is a group of people who support each other to take part in nonviolent direct action (NVDA). The ‘affinity’ part could mean anything that unites the group - this could be where you’re from, what you care about, what kind of actions you’re interested in or it could just be that you like each other and want to make a difference together. It’s crucial that those people willing to risk arrest are properly supported through this experience, so not everyone in an AG needs to make that commitment.
Read the full action consensus
Doing actions is really powerful. Especially since we stand up together. Rising up means opening ourselves and reacting to the emotions we face in this climate crisis. Anger, fear, desperation, stress, joy, strength and a feeling of collectiveness come together. We have such feelings before, during and after actions.
As a community, we are working on a culture of resilience where we can allow ourselves and others to unlearn patterns of society. We want to allow for expression of feelings on the actions and the climate crisis in a culture where talking about feelings is not always welcomed. We strive to work against the burn-out culture in preparation of actions. We check-in with ourselves (and our affinity group) if we have the energy to take part in actions. Focussing on well-being during actions means we try to take care of ourselves and others (emotionally and physically). It also means we give space for recovering and activities such as debriefs after the actions.