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Make Climate Activists Pay for Disruptive Behavior

•, by Emily Thompson

An environmental activist was arrested Saturday after she stuck a protest sign or sticker to a Monet painting at the famed Orsay Museum in Paris.

The activist targeted Claude Monet's "Poppy Field" painting, affixing a sticker to the artwork and which depicted an apocalyptic, futuristic vision of the same scene.

The group said the sticker was supposed to show what the field would look like in 2100, after having been "ravaged by flames and drought" if more action isn't taken against climate change.

This damaging behavior has become a pattern among these activists.

In February, two activists from Riposte Alimentaire (Food Counterattack) threw soup at the artist's work Spring (1872) at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the French city of Lyon.

"This spring will be the only one we have left if we don't react," the pair chanted, in reference to the painting's title. "What will our future artists paint? What will we dream of if there is no more spring?"

This comes just two weeks after different members of the same group threw pumpkin soup at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris.

A similar protest took place when climate activists flung tomato soup at Van Gogh's Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London in 2022.

Monet's paintings have been in the firing line before. The Haystacks (1890) was pelted with mashed potatoes at Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany in October 2022.

Riposte Alimentaire is an environmental group specifically focused on the rising cost of food, better working conditions and rights for farmers, and a more sustainable agricultural system.

Similarly, Just Stop Oil protesters repeatedly disrupted traffic on major motorways in the UK. They staged sit-ins on busy roads, causing significant traffic delays and garnering media attention.