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Published October 26, 2007 12:21 PM

"Non-Flying Dutchmen" Push Climate Awareness

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch environment group launched a campaign on Friday called "Proud to be a non-Flying Dutchman" to get the travel-happy Dutch to reduce their air miles for the sake of the climate.

"We want to discourage Christmas shopping in London, disco nights in Ibiza, Milan weekends and stag nights in Barcelona," Dutch Friends of the Earth said on Friday.

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Legend has it that sailors who see the ghost ship Flying Dutchman face imminent doom.

Friends of the Earth said aviation was responsible for 10 percent of the Dutch contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions that are a leading cause of global warming.

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