Greenpeace Executive to Commute by Train Instead of Plane

Move follows Guardian revelations about Pascal Husting’s flights from home in Luxembourg to offices in Amsterdam.
Kitty Terwolbeck/Flickr

Kitty Terwolbeck/Flickr

Greenpeace has said its international programme director will no longer commute to work by plane.

Mike Townsley, head of communications at Greenpeace International, said that Pascal Husting would no longer travel 250 miles from Luxembourg to Amsterdam by plane several times a month, but would take the train instead.

In a statement, Husting said: “To be frank I’m embarrassed, it was a misjudgment, there’s no doubt about it. It was meant to be a temporary arrangement so I could do the job and be with my family because my kids are so young, but that’s not good enough. The job ended up lasting longer than I expected it would, but I should have been taking the train from day one. That’s happening now.”

On Monday, the Guardian revealed details of the flights, which John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, defended in a blogpost. “As for Pascal’s air travel. Well it’s a really tough one. Was it the right decision to allow him to use air travel to try to balance his job with the needs of his family for a while?”

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