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Climate Activists Deface Ancient Structure in Bold Anti-Fossil Fuel Protest



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  • A climate activism group named Just Stop Oil vandalized the ancient Stonehenge monument in the U.K., demanding “the incoming U.K. government commit to an equitable plan to end the extraction and burning of oil, gas and coal by 2030.”
  • The activists, 21-year-old Oxford student Niamh Lynch and 73-year-old Rajan Naidu from Birmingham, marked Stonehenge with an orange substance claimed to be cornstarch, which they state will wash away easily.
  • Such acts of vandalism are a common tactic used by climate activism organizations aiming to attract public attention to the pressing issue of climate change and the urgent need to eliminate fossil fuels.

In a daring and contentious display, the climate activism group Just Stop Oil defaced the historic Stonehenge monument in the United Kingdom. This act was a part of a larger protest against the continued burning and exploitation of fossil fuels.

The group’s goals are ambitious and wide-reaching. They are asking for the “incoming U.K. government to commit to working with other governments to formulate an equitable 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 a right to live a life free from suffering, but the continued burning of oil, coal and gas is leading to death and suffering on an unparalleled scale,” fervently stated Niamh Lynch, a 21-year-old Oxford student involved in the demonstration.

She further stressed the immediate need for change. “It’s time for us to think about what our civilization will leave behind – what is our legacy? Inaction works for stones, not climate policy.”

Stonehenge, a unique megalithic circle of stacked stones that aligns with the sun’s path during the summer and winter solstices, is an emblem of British heritage. Erected in the Bronze Age, it is protected by law as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just Stop Oil justified their action, saying the bright orange substance they used was made of cornstarch and would be easily removed. The other participant in the action was identified as 73-year-old Rajan Naidu, a resident of Birmingham.

“Either we end the fossil fuel era, or the fossil fuel era will end us,” warned Naidu. He campaigned for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to phase out fossil fuels and aid dependent economies, workers, and communities to transition away from oil, gas, and coal.

This audacious act is not an isolated event. It reflects numerous similar actions carried out over the past few years by various climate activism organizations, all aiming to draw public attention and raise awareness of the urgency of addressing climate change through acts of temporary or superficial vandalism.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.






    June 23, 2024 at 6:41 pm

    Time to return these climate whackos back to the earth. They’ll make great fertilizer.

  2. Tom Helms

    June 23, 2024 at 6:50 pm

    What a piece of work those individuals, I wish a spirit would come forth and punish those works that call themselves humans. How sickening what they did. What did stonehenge have to do with anything they are protesting, right idea wrong thing to pick on.

  3. Vitto Squic

    June 23, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    Put them all in jail for being so stupid, and desecrating an ancient

  4. Rat Wrangler

    June 23, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    I’m all for cleaning up the planet, including reducing all dependency on fossil fuels, but we have no sufficient replacements in place. The “green” power sources are growing, but not fast enough to allow the elimination of even coal as a fuel. Nuclear should be the way to go until “green” sources catch up. Small nuclear reactors have been in constant use since the Vietnam Conflict, and none have ever suffered a catastrophic failure. The large land-bound reactors are a different story, but we would be better served with a series of small and safe reactors, rather than a few huge ones. I have discussed the matter with several of these climate activists, and found that they don’t want nuclear either, but have no real answers when it comes to replacing fossil fuels.

  5. Jeff Murray

    June 23, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    Maybe we should give them a fair trial and than hang them from Stonehenge.

  6. Kls

    June 24, 2024 at 4:47 am

    I’ll bet they drove a gasoline fueled car to the “protest”.

    • Disgusted Patriot

      June 24, 2024 at 8:29 am

      No, I bet they drove an EV to the ‘protest’. One that’s charged from the grid using energy generated by burning fossil fuels.

  7. Diaz

    June 24, 2024 at 1:35 pm


  8. Lance Stewart

    June 30, 2024 at 6:35 am

    Why do these people think their antics – whether they’re seriously inconveniencing motorists including emergencies, or defacing monuments – will be favourably viewed by the public ? It is crossing a line to inflict reckless disregard of others’ opinions.

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