The paint attack on a private jet on Sylt caused a sensation nationwide. A company from Sylt is responding with an original request for climate adhesives.
Westerland/Sylt – They came through the fence, sprayed paint on a private jet and glued themselves. Members of the "Last Generation" caused a stir with their color campaign on Sylt - and also received a lot of criticism from islanders. A company on the island of Sylt reacted with an original post on Facebook – and has a constructive proposal for the climate adhesives.
After members of the "Last Generation" sprayed a private jet on Sylt, a Sylt company turned to the activists. © Julius Schreiner/dpa
Paint attack on Sylt causes a stir and criticism
Six people had entered the grounds of Sylt Airport in Westerland on Sylt on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. They sprayed paint on a private jet parked there, unfurled banners and glued themselves to the wings or in front of the aircraft. "Your luxury = our drought" and "Your luxury = our crop failures" could be read on the banners. At the beginning of May, activists in Berlin had already sprayed private jets with paint, and now it hit a plane on the North Sea island. They were also criticized by many islanders for their action on Sylt.
"It is a pity that these people, even if their concern for more climate protection would be correct in principle, are guaranteed not to increase the acceptance of climate protection and the necessary measures through such brute actions - probably rather the opposite," writes the moderator of a Sylt Facebook group. Because they do not want to give the "Last Generation" an additional stage, they will not publish any photos of the action. A Sylt company, on the other hand, has sent a post directly to the climate adhesives.
"Come where you can do something meaningful": Sylt company turns to climate glue
With a clear announcement, a Sylt company turns to the climate glue of the "Last Generation", which repeatedly draws attention to itself with actions such as the blockade of the Elbe tunnel shortly before the Easter holidays. "Instead of sticking to the property of others or the property of the general public, come to where you can really do something and do something meaningful," writes Dachdeckerei Sylt GmbH on Facebook. In principle, one understands the frustration and that too little is being done for the global climate problem, but damage to property would not work at all.
The Sylt company makes an offer to the members of the "Last Generation": "If you want to do something for the climate and climate change, come to the roofing trade!" There, they would make a concrete contribution by insulating buildings and greening roofs. "Yes, and we're still sticking," it continues, "and not so pointlessly hands on roads and airplanes, but adhesive tapes and foils on roofs - for climate protection."
Paint attack on Sylt: property damage with expensive consequences
A crisis-proof job with good pay, for example as a roofer, may soon make good use of the Sylt climate adhesives. In the paint attack on the celebrity island of Sylt, large parts of the private jet were covered with paint, including the cockpit windows and the engines. The machine, a Cessna Citation 525, has to be cleaned at great expense before it can take off again. It may even be necessary to dismantle, disassemble and clean the engines of the multi-million euro aircraft.
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On the Instagram post of the "Last Generation" about the paint attack on Sylt, a user from the field expresses himself. Judging by the pictures, he estimates the cost of repairing the machine at several hundred thousand euros. In the meantime, the responsible public prosecutor's office in Flensburg has taken up the investigation – for trespassing, damage to property and coercion.