Air­line boss praises Greta

Scottish Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

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.

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