COP28: environmental activists color the Grand Canal in Venice and several rivers in Italy green


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Environmental activists from the Extinction Rebellion group dumped coloring products into the Grand Canal in Venice and several rivers in Italy this Saturday. A gesture to protest against the “failure” of COP28. “The climate crisis is already having disastrous impacts on Italian territory,” laments the group.

Environmental activists from the group Extinction Rebellion (XR) dumped coloring products into the Grand Canal in Venice and several rivers in Italy on Saturday to protest the “failure” of COP28 on the climate. In the middle of the afternoon, activists spread a fluorescent green liquid in the Grand Canal of Venice, among passers-by, gondolas and tourists, according to images posted on social networks.

“We revolt against this inaction”

At the same time, activists hanging on ropes and harnesses unfurled a banner from the famous Rialto Bridge, which read “COP28: while the government speaks, we are hanging by a thread.” XR Italy reported on X (formerly Twitter) that it had spread fluorescina, a “harmless” dye. “The climate crisis is already having disastrous impacts on Italian territory, science tells us that it will get worse and politics is wasting time with farces,” lamented the group.

“We revolt against this inaction, we cannot remain silent while our future is sold to fossil fuel industries!” Similar actions were carried out in the Tiber in Rome, in a canal in Milan as well as in the Po in Turin, according to images posted on social networks. This action comes three days before the end of the UN climate conference, which is being held in Dubai, in the midst of negotiations on the exit from oil, gas and coal, while OPEC tries to slow down the dynamic against fossil fuels.

In May, environmental activists had already colored the basin of the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome black after deadly floods in northeastern Italy which they said constituted a “warning” about climate change.



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