Climate activists sprinkle Stonehenge with orange powder, demanding an end to fossil fuels in the UK

A group of climate activists have vandalized an ancient landmark in the UK as part of a wider protest against fossil fuels.

The organization behind Wednesday’s incident, Just Stop Oil, is calling on “the next UK government to commit to working with other governments to agree a fair plan to end the extraction and burning of oil, gas and coal by 2030.”

“Stonehenge at Solstice is all about celebrating the natural world – but look at the state it’s in! We all have the right to live lives free of suffering, but the continued burning of oil, coal and gas leads to death and suffering on the planet. Niamh Lynch said, The 21-year-old Oxford student, who took part in the show, said: “Unparalleled size.”

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Just stop sabotaging the oil Rajan Naidu, 73, and Niamh Lynch, 21, run with orange spray cans towards Stonehenge as passersby shout at them to stop. (Just stop oil/TMX)

She added: “It is time for us to think about what our civilization will leave behind us – what is our legacy? Staying inactive for generations works well with stones – not climate policy.”

Stonehenge is an ancient megalithic circle of vertical arches made of stacked stones that align with the path of the sun during the summer and winter solstice.

The building was built during the Bronze Age and is considered an important British heritage landmark, protected by law and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bystanders try to stop the two activists using Just Stop Oil as they spray orange powder paint on the ancient Stonehenge monument in the UK. (Just stop oil/TMX)

Just Stop Oil claimed on social media that the orange substance is made from cornstarch and can be easily washed off.

The other vandal was identified as Rajan Naidu, a 73-year-old man from Birmingham.

“Either we end the fossil fuel era, or the fossil fuel era will destroy us,” Naidu said in the statement. “Just as fifty years ago, when the world used international treaties to defuse threats posed by nuclear weapons, today the world needs a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to phase out fossil fuels and support economies, workers and communities dependent on moving away from oil, gas and coal. “

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In this posted photo, protesters sit who stopped oil after an orange substance was sprayed on Stonehenge in Salisbury, England, on Wednesday. (Just stop the oil via AP)

This stunt is similar to dozens perpetrated over the past several years by various climate activism organizations that sought to gain public attention through temporary or superficial vandalism.

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