Demonstration in pajamas at Nantes airport against noise pollution

Demonstration in pajamas at Nantes airport against noise pollution

Nearly 80 people dressed in pajamas took over the Nantes airport hall this Sunday, November 13 afternoon, where for a ” siesta “ they denounced the nuisances of air traffic and demanded respect and the extension of the curfew, noted an AFP correspondent.

During this non-violent rally, activists lay on the ground to the sound of a lullaby before singing songs and throwing stuffed animals at cardboard planes.

“We come to take a nap at the airport to denounce the impact of air traffic, declared Gwendoline Monnier, 28, spokesperson for the collective for the reduction of air traffic driven by the Alternatiba Nantes association. Aviation, with its direct noise pollution, disturbs our sleep and the aviation sector has a strong responsibility in global warming”she pointed out.

“Woke up by companies that do not respect the law”

These activists call for respecting and extending the curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. against midnight to 6:00 a.m. currently.

“We are tired of being woken up at night by companies that do not respect the law”said Renaud Geng-Ortoli, a 46-year-old teacher who lives in Rezé, near Nantes. “The current curfew does not guarantee the good health of the inhabitants”he said, adding that “every day, the ballet of planes reminds us that we must limit our consumption, including air traffic”.

Climate: limit the plane, up to what point?

This environmental claim for a drop in air traffic joins the claims of some local residents who previously demanded its transfer to Notre-Dame-des-Landes. “We are facing a climate emergency that requires us to come together, commented Gwendoline Monnier. It is high time that we all come together to reduce air traffic”.

The ban on scheduling take-offs and landings between midnight and 6 a.m. came into effect on April 8, 2022.

In a report published on October 19, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) indicates that take-offs and landings between midnight and 6 a.m. have been divided by six compared to 2018. According to the DGAC, 189 reports were drawn up for breach of curfew.

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