GreenPeace Radicals Ruin One of Peru’s Two Greatest Heritage Sites. Peruvian Government to Seek Criminal Charges.
Greenpeace is no stranger to controversy and annoying those around them. A recent plan of theirs to educate the world about climate change backfired in a big way. In an attempt to bring attention to climate change during the United Nation's climate change conference in Lima, Peru, Greenpeace activists entered one of Peru's greatest heritage sites where the Nazca lines are located, to create a giant yellow message on the land that read, "TIME FOR A CHANGE! The future is renewable. Greenpeace."
The message they sent wasn't exactly what they were going for. Instead of convincing people to change their minds on climate change, they've convinced people just how idiotic know-it-all environmentalists can be, and how important it is to know your surroundings before defacing property; although it's usually best to not deface property to begin with, especially ancient and sacred property. Due to their impulsive behavior and lack of education to the area, they stepped on land that has been closed to human foot traffic as an attempt to preserve the 2,000 year old heritage site.
The Greenpeace activists's footprints now scar the land that was once only open to Nazca ceremonies. The Deputy Culture Minister of Peru said, "You walk there, and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years. They are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years. And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all."
The Peruvian government is now investigating the defacement of the land, and will possibly bring charges against the activists for "attacking archaeological monuments," a charge that could result in prison time. Luckily, Greenpeace being the selfless organization they are, is open to working with the Peruvian authorities to make right what they have done. And out of the kindness of their hearts they have also said that they will not be using the photos from their controversial stunt for any publicity.
Maybe next time Greenpeace should try to be a little less green about the areas they choose to deface for their cause. After all, they're all about educating people about the world around them, maybe a little education themselves wouldn't hurt.