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A climate activist group called “Ultima Generazione” or “Last Generation” has once again made headlines for their controversial tactics. This time, the group dyed the water of the Barcaccia fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps in central Rome black using what they described as a charcoal-based black liquid. The group posted a video on Twitter, showing individuals opening paper bags of black powder and pouring them into the fountain. They justified their actions by saying that they were drawing attention to the drought emergency that is putting agriculture and energy production in crisis.
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The group was stopped by Carabinieri officials and Rome Capital police on Saturday and is now in custody pending charges of defacing a public monument and entering a fountain. The water of the Barcaccia fountain remained black with visible stains on the marble fountain on Saturday afternoon.
Rome’s mayor Roberto Gualtieri visited the fountain and posted a photo of himself staring at the inky water. He condemned the group’s actions, saying that it was an absolutely wrong gesture that does not help the environment. He further added that Rome is at the forefront of the fight against Climate change and in the protection of the artistic heritage and that work was underway to ensure that there was no permanent damage.
This isn’t the first time that Ultima Generazione has resorted to extreme measures to raise awareness about Climate change. Last year, the group glued themselves to a plinth in the Vatican museums, to Sandro Botticelli’s “Primavera” masterpiece at the Uffizi galleries in Florence, and to the Unique Forms of Continuity in Space statue at the Museo del Novecento in Milan. They are also facing charges in Rome for throwing orange paint on the Italian Senate façade in January this year.
While it’s understandable that climate activists are feeling frustrated and desperate for change, it’s important to remember that their actions should not cause damage to public property. There are more effective ways to raise awareness and bring about change, such as participating in peaceful protests, signing petitions, or supporting organizations dedicated to fighting Climate change.
Climate change is a serious issue that requires immediate action from everyone. We can all make changes in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint, such as by reducing energy consumption, using public transportation, and eating a plant-based diet. We can also Support organizations and lawmakers who are working to bring about change at a higher level. Together, we can make a difference and help ensure a better future for the planet and all its inhabitants.
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