Photo taken and released by environmental movement Last Generation on May 21, 2023, shows a group of activists at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where protesters poured a charcoal-based liquid to dye the black water
Climate activists turned the water at Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain black on Sunday, warning that the recent floods that killed 14 people in the country’s northeast were “a wake-up call”.
Activists from the environmental organization Last Generation entered the famous fountain and poured a charcoal-based liquid into the water before being removed by police.
The act of protest coincided with a visit by the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, to the Emilia-Romagna region, where she visited areas affected by flooding, which was estimated to have been caused by 36 hours of rain, the equivalent of six months of rain. officers.
More than 36,000 people were displaced and the cost caused by the disaster is estimated at hundreds of millions of Euros.
One of the participants, Mattia, 19, who declined to give his last name, said he took part in the protest “because the terrible tragedy that happened these days in Emilia-Romagna is a warning of the dark future awaiting humanity.”
Last Generation began organizing peaceful but high-profile protests in Italy ahead of the general election last year, urging politicians of all parties to make the fight against climate change their priority.
The movement has also led to protests in other parts of Europe, throwing soup, pie, mashed potatoes and washable paint at monuments and works of art to draw attention to global warming.