Greenpeace activists have climbed the temporary building of the House of Representatives in The Hague. The environmental group wants to raise awareness about the effects nitrogen has on nature. They believe politicians need to take swifter action. Isn’t that what is happening? Greenpeace will file a lawsuit against State. Andy Palmen, the director, said that they are running out of patience.
Bright yellow banners measuring three meters in length are currently hanging near the House of Representatives. “Blabla nitrogen crisis… politics, tackle the nature crisis NOW”, reads one of the canvases.
Around twenty activists climbed ladders on the House of Representatives temporary building this morning to strengthen the Greenpeace message. The police stopped some of them at the main entrance. The protest was peaceful, other than that.
The police allowed the activists to have their way on the roof, but flew over it with a helicopter. “They certainly want to show that they are on top of it,” says Palmen. Palmen and his group have already created their response via a banner that reads: “Politics hurry up! We’re on top!”
The group is done with endless nitrogen discussions. That’s on the website from Greenpeace where they talk about their action. The organization is launching the protest because “The Netherlands has been breaking European nature conservation laws since years due to the extremely high nitrogen emissions that precipitate into nature.”
Their goal is to get clarity on the nitrogen approach next week at the General Political Reflections. Palmen says that it is imperative to act quickly. Are these expectations realistic? “I believe in our democracy. The government has failed, it is now all balls in the House of Representatives.” He is concerned about the outcome. “I’m not stupid.”