Shortly before the kickoff of the European soccer championship match between Germany and France on Tuesday, a Greenpeace paraglider had to make an emergency landing in the stadium injuring two people. Greenpeace has issued an apology.
The plan was for the pilot to drop a large latex ball with the words “Kick Out Oil” into the stadium but the paraglider got tangled in cables on the stadium roof and had to land in the stadium. The environmental protection organisation wanted to use the ball to demand a more rapid phase-out of the fossil-fuelled vehicles made by the sponsor of the European Championship, Volkswagen.
Greenpeace has often targeted Volkswagen, although– among the German legacy carmakers – the Group is most clearly committed to e-mobility and has a boss calling for a significant CO2 price and a faster phase-out of coal.