Greenpeace Sets Off ‘Firestorm’ With Nazca Lines Blunder
Climate and energy NGOs have begun sorting through the “firestorm” Greenpeace International set off during the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru when a few of its members damaged one of the country’s most important historical sites, possibly irreparably.
Most environmental advocates “are shell-shocked,” Climate Progress reports. “They are heartbroken at the damage to the Nazca Lines, humiliated about the fallout, and plagued with debilitating disbelief that the situation was allowed to occur.”
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When a group of activists trespassed on the Nazca Lines, their footprints “permanently damaged the area surrounding the ancient hummingbird geoglyph,” Atkin writes. The Peruvian government plans to file criminal charges, while archaeologist and climate hawk Greg Laden is outraged.
“I’m an archaeologist, and this is a World Heritage Site,” he told Atkin. “I see the same thing as when a bunch of kids drive into the desert, find a grave, dig up artifacts, and sell them…They exploited the patrimony of the site for absolutely no reason.”