Generation Z Climate Activist: Throwing paint and stopping traffic is a distinct and useless protest

A conservationist told Fox News that distorting artwork, blocking highways and spilling milk on the ground is simply a distinctive protest and doesn’t actually inspire people to take action against climate change.

“Activists are trying to defame property and artwork precisely because it’s shocking,” Danielle Butcher, executive vice president of the American Conservation Alliance, a conservative environmental nonprofit, told Fox News. “Tactics, they focus on sparking a conversation, whatever that means, but they don’t really help the environment in a measurable way.”

“I watched the video of them throwing soup at Van Gogh, and I was immediately annoyed,” Butcher continued. “It hurts to see, and I think that’s what they’re after.”

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This year’s climate protesters have targeted paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci. Two climate protesters threw tomato soup at Van Gogh, two others put potatoes on a Monet piece and the last cake was thrown at the Mona Lisa.

Protesters also poured onto highways to stop traffic in the name of cutting off fossil fuel use and poured milk on store floors to fight for environmental justice.

Just Stop Oil protesters throw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s famous 1888 work “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London, Friday, October 14, 2022.
(just stop the oil via AP)

Radical climate activists target priceless art but experts only warn vandals not to harm them

“I beg them to stop using these methods,” Butcher said. “You can’t bother people to agree with you.”

“And certainly tossing mashed potatoes, gum, soup, or tossing milk on the floor of a grocery store, these are not ways to convince people that you’re in the right place,” she continued.

Climate activists protest as President Biden delivers a speech at the COP27 climate summit.

Climate activists protest as President Biden delivers a speech at the COP27 climate summit.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abdel-Ghani)


Butcher told Fox News that timing and context are essential when it comes to effective activism.

Climate protesters boycotted President Biden on Friday as he spoke at the 27th annual United Nations Climate Conference on the “transformative changes” the United States is making in the fight against climate change.

“We are racing forward to do our part to avoid ‘climate hell’,” Biden told the audience.

To watch the full interview on the avant-garde methods of the protesters, click here.

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