Environmental activists blacken water at Rome's Trevi Fountain

Environmental activists blacken water at Rome's Trevi Fountain


Environmental activists colored the basin of Rome's famous Trevi Fountain black on Sunday, saying the death of fourteen people in floods that devastated northeastern Italy was a ” warning” in the face of climate change. 

The activists of the organization Last Generation (The Last Generation) which multiplies the actions to denounce the inaction of governments in the face of climatic upheavals, climbed into the fountain and poured a black vegetable-based liquid into the water before out, escorted by the police.

More than 36,000 people have been displaced following the floods affecting the Emilia-Romagna region. The equivalent of six months of rain fell in 36 hours this week in Emilia-Romagna, causing the “floods of the century” in this rich agricultural and tourist region.

Mattia, 19, who did not wish to give her last name, took part in this action “because the terrible tragedy that has occurred in recent days in Emilia-Romagna is a warning foreshadowing the black future that awaits humanity”.

Last Generation began taking action in Italy in 2022 ahead of the general elections to call on leaders from all political parties to make the climate emergency their priority.

Last Generation activists have multiplied actions across Europe, in particular throwing soup, mashed potatoes or washable paint on the windows protecting famous paintings exhibited in major museums or on cultural heritage sites.

The Trevi Fountain is particularly famous thanks to a scene from Federico Fellini's anthology film “La Dolce Vita” which shows the Swedish actress Anita Ekberg bathing in it. evening dress.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrived in Emilia-Romagna on Sunday to visit the places ravaged by the weather.