Environmental activists have blackened the water of a monumental Roman fountain in Rome’s Spanish Steps on Saturday April 1.
A demonstration to echo “the end of the world”. Three activists from the environmental organization Last Generation poured vegetable-based liquid carbon into the Barcaccia, a 17th-century Baroque fountain located at the foot of the Trinità des Monts staircase in the city of Rome. This masterpiece, in the shape of a boat, was designed by the famous Italian sculptor Pietro Bernini.
The activists were then escorted out by the police. In a press release, Last Generation, explained its approach. Turning the water black ‘foreshadows the ‘end of the world’ scenario we are heading towards, as we step harder and harder on the accelerator: drought alternating with devastating floods, which will end life on Earth “, underlined the organization.
Series of actions across Europe
Last Generation began staging peaceful but disruptive protests in Italy last year ahead of the general election, urging politicians of all parties to make climate change their priority.
The protests in Italy are part of a series of actions across Europe to draw attention to climate change. Activists doused soup, mashed potatoes or washable paint on various heritage sites or art objects in museums.