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Climate Catastrophe: Greenpeace threatens legal action over Dutch Help to KLM airline

Greenpeace says it’s going to take legal actions to force the Dutch government to end financial aid to the airline KLM.

In June, the Netherlands declared it will provide $3.4 billion in support to the Dutch airline to”confront the emergency” of this COVID-19 pandemic.

However, at a press launch, the NGO said the help isn’t accompanied by adequate climate conditions.

“The cupboard is failing to create company arrangements with KLM on pollution management,” said Dewi Zloch, a climate specialist at Greenpeace.

“This state help plunges us deeper into the climate catastrophe, which will be against the duty of care which the government has to get the citizens.”

Greenpeace says it’s going to pursue the legal situation in the event the Dutch government doesn’t respond with modifications from October 1.

The help package from the Netherlands includes $2.4 billion in lender grants along with an immediate state loan to KLM.

The bailout provisions incorporate new environmental and noise pollution targets for KLM that were insisted upon by the Dutch parliament, in addition to cost reductions.

But, Greenpeace reported the environmental conditions don’t move far enough.

“Cheaper aviation won’t be achieved together with the slow steps which are in place,” Zloch denounced, calling for an end to flights of over a thousand kilometers.

This past year, the Dutch High Court ordered the nation’s authorities to decrease greenhouse gas emissions at least 25% below 1990 levels, in accord with climate objectives.

The environmental team, Urgenda, that brought the case to court hailed the decision as”historical” and”revolutionary”.

Euronews requested the Dutch authorities and KLM to react but they hadn’t done so by the time of publication.