Climate activists in Berlin, Germany, used orange and yellow paint to spray the columns of the historic Brandenburg Gate, demanding a complete halt to the use of fossil fuels by 2030. The protest was organized by a group called “Letzte Generation” or “Last Generation.” Berlin Police attempted to stop the protesters from causing further damage to the iconic 18th-century landmark.
The activists sprayed paint on the columns of the east side of the Brandenburg Gate using fire extinguishers. Police reported that a hydraulic lift was used to prevent protesters from climbing the structure. In response, 14 protesters were arrested, and an investigation was launched to assess the extent of the damage to the property.
“Letzte Generation” is part of the European A22 network, which includes climate activist groups like Britain’s “Just Stop Oil.” These groups have been involved in high-profile protests, including roadblocks and acts of civil disobedience, to draw attention to the urgent need for action on climate change.
Germany has set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, but it has faced challenges in meeting annual emissions reduction targets in recent years. Climate activists continue to push for more aggressive action to combat climate change, including a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.
While protests like these seek to raise awareness and prompt action on climate change, they also spark debates about the balance between activism and property damage, as well as the broader challenges of transitioning to sustainable energy sources.