Airline boss praises Greta
THE boss of airline Emirates praised eco activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) as he said the industry is ‘not doing enough’ to tackle climate change.
At the Dubai Air Show industry event, Emirates’ British president Sir Tim Clark said he was now a ‘climate change believer’.
Clark, 69, said: ‘The stark reality of climate change is with us. I have to say, it took me too long to get here.
‘And we [airline firms] aren’t doing ourselves any favours by chucking billions of tons of carbon into the air.’
Clark has been president of Emirates since 2003, which carries 150,000 passengers every day. He said he ‘quite likes’ the Extinction Rebellion pressure group and 16year-old activist Thunberg for ‘having brought a real focus to the issue’. He added that while he was not condoning the campaigners’ methods, they have ‘a role to play’. Analysts speculate airlines could suffer amid a rise in ‘flight shame’. Emirates uses 100m barrels of oil a year and yesterday ordered £7bn of new aircraft. Clark believes less-polluting fuels can help fight climate change, and more direct air routes would mean less fuel is used.