Eco-activists from XR-linked ‘Vegetable Future’ group pour syrup and beet juice – to represent petrol and blood – over displays in Barcelona’s Egyptian Museum
- Two eco-activists poured liquid over showcases before sticking their hands to the wall
- They held a banner criticizing Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Cop27 climate summit
- Protester declared: ‘We are going through a climate collapse, we must act now’
- Arrives as 200 world leaders gather in Sharm El-Sheikh for the conference
Eco-activists today poured syrup and beetroot juice – to represent oil and blood – over the displays at Barcelona’s Egyptian Museum as they called for a ‘radical system change’ to save us from ‘climate distress’.
The two protesters, from the Extinction Rebellion-affiliated group Futuro Vegetal – or Vegetable Future – targeted a replica of a pharaonic mummy as world leaders gather in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh for the Cop27 climate summit.
The duo poured liquid over display cases and picture frames before sticking their hands to the walls and saying, ‘We are going through a climate collapse, we must act now. Politicians will not save us from this climate emergency. We must act.’
They also displayed a banner criticizing Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of Cop27 and warning of a global temperature rise of 2.5 degrees.
In a statement posted on Twitter afterwards, the group said: “It is hard to believe that the world’s largest plastic pollution company will not exert its influence as a sponsor of Cop27 in favor of its commercial interests, given its total reliance on fossil fuels.
Two eco-activists from the Futuro Vegetal group poured syrup and beetroot juice over showcases before sticking their hands to walls and displaying a banner criticizing Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of Cop27 and warning of a global temperature rise of 2.5 degrees
The pair focused on a replica of a pharaonic mummy in Barcelona’s Egyptian Museum as world leaders gather in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh for the Cop27 climate summit
Current climate policy for 2030 leads to +2.5ºC in 2060, which means an increase in extreme weather events that are incompatible with the longevity of most crops for human consumption and the resulting famines.
“The historic moment in which we live places us in two positions: either we radically bring the current way of life to a radical systemic change that democratizes decision-making… or we are doomed to disappear.
“Help us to keep fighting for a future for all.”
Last Saturday, two female activists from the same group glued themselves to the frames of two paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya in the Prado Museum in Madrid.
The pair scribbled the message +1.5 degrees Celsius between the paintings they targeted — the Naked Maja and the Clothed Maja — a reference to the damaging differences from the planet seen at two degrees instead of 1.5.
Futuro Vegetal said in a tweet in which the women were attached to the paintings: ‘We have stuck to Goya’s Mijas in the Prado Museum.
“Last week, the United Nations recognized the impossibility of limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels in accordance with the Paris Agreement.”
Last week, two female activists clung to the frames of two paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya in the Prado Museum in Madrid.
The group added that failing to adhere to the limit will lead to more extreme weather such as drought, putting the agricultural and food industries at risk.
It said, “We need change now. We need a plant-based future [literal translation: Vegetable future].’
Video footage of the scene appears to show museum staff as bystanders try to avoid filming the protest.
The protest came on the heels of an incident last month in which Just Stop Oil activists threw tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.
Days later, climate activists threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in Germany.