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Greenpeace apologizes for Nazca Lines stunt

December 13, 2014 | Comment icon 71 comments



The famous hummingbird geoglyph. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Martin St-Amant
The Peruvian government plans to prosecute activists for damaging one of the ancient Nazca geoglyphs.
The group had attempted to raise awareness for renewable energy sources by creating a message next to the famous hummingbird geoglyph which was carved more than 1,500 years ago.

The text, which read "Time for a change - the future is renewable", was made from reems of yellow material that were arranged on the ground and weighted down by bricks. None of those involved however had been granted permission to be there.

Access to the Nazca Line sites is strictly controlled and visitors are required to wear special footwear to protect the fragile geoglyphs from unintentional damage.
The Peruvian government is now looking to prosecute those responsible. "It's a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred," said Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo.

Greenpeace later issued an apology over the incident and claimed that it is willing to accept "fair and reasonable consequences" for its actions.

"Without reservation Greenpeace apologises to the people of Peru for the offence caused... we are deeply sorry for this," the organization said in a statement.

"We fully understand that this looks bad. Rather than relay an urgent message of hope and possibility to the leaders gathering at the UN climate talks, we came across as careless and crass."

Source: BBC news | Comments (71)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by kmt_sesh 8 years ago
Idiots. Enough said?
Comment icon #63 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch 8 years ago
Idiots. Enough said? Definitely enough.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Hammerclaw 8 years ago
I understood the Greenpeace created lines would be difficult to repair as they broke through the crust atop the sand... the crust couldn't be artificially created, exactly, yeah? Mix it with water and trowel it in and let the desert dessicate it. It won't be perfect but the greenpeace scars will be historical themselves, one day.
Comment icon #65 Posted by your_dark_passenger 8 years ago
I have not seen any changes as a result to anything these knuckleheads have done. They are in the media on a constant basis for doing what can best be described as stupid human tricks and i have yet to see anything change because of what they are doing. Here is just one more shining example. Everyone is going to read about it and the ONLY thing they are going to take away from this is that Greenpeace once again acted like a bunch of idiots. Maybe you haven't looked hard enough and maybe you find their 'stupid human tricks' more entertaining and worth discussing about than the actual changes th... [More]
Comment icon #66 Posted by Valdemar the Great 8 years ago
You can love Greenpeace or you can hate them. You certainly can't ignore them. It certainly seems like most of you have no clue about what they do or what they have managed to achieve. My personal opinion is that corporates and other organizations that pollute and destroy the environment for mindless profits need to be kept in check and Greenpeace is doing just that in their effective and sometimes nonsensical ways. They certainly do act like idiots sometimes in situations such as these but what they have managed to achieve far outweighs what I can manage to achieve as an individual. Yes, but ... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Valdemar the Great 8 years ago
Maybe you haven't looked hard enough and maybe you find their 'stupid human tricks' more entertaining and worth discussing about than the actual changes that they are making. How about I give you an example? In India, there's a village in Bihar called Dharnai. These villagers haven't had electricity ever and this is not really surprising because this is how a majority of Indian villages are. Greenpeace stepped in, worked with local groups, installed solar panels and now these villagers have power to run schools, a hospital and many of them continue to do their small businesses after dark since... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by Ozfactor 8 years ago
A drone has flown over the damaged area of the Hummingbird lines , the damage is worse then expected . They are saying there will be criminal charges, the process has already begun . http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/true-extent-of-greenpeace-damage-to-nazca-lines-revealed/story-e6frfqcr-1227160362816 LAST week Greenpeace was berated for the damage it did to an ancient cultural site, and now new footage has revealed it is more shocking than originally thought.
Comment icon #69 Posted by your_dark_passenger 8 years ago
Why couldn't they devote their time and energy (and their abundant resources; they must be pretty wealthy) to those kind of local level practical things? Why do they need to damage their own credibility by anatgonising people with stupid stunts? It gets them publicity? There's a whole load of charities that do this kind of helpful work without getting anything like the publicity GreenPeace do. Really, greenPeace are just hijacking attention (and of course dignify) from all these others. It's rather like Bob Geldof and his Band Aid thing; distracting attention from all the others that are doing... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
A drone has flown over the damaged area of the Hummingbird lines , the damage is worse then expected . They are saying there will be criminal charges, the process has already begun . http://www.news.com....r-1227160362816 LAST week Greenpeace was berated for the damage it did to an ancient cultural site, and now new footage has revealed it is more shocking than originally thought. The video didn't show the damages very well, but it appears that the Greenpeace people basically outlined the letters of the sign by walking around the letters repeatedly.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Nyx83 8 years ago
From what I read there wasn't any permanent defacing. It's just material weighed down. So how is this "damaging" the geoglyphs? It's the whole principle of the thing. They claim to try to help,yet go in uninvited and do something like this. Pure childish,selfish,tantrum meant to bring attention to what exactly?.In my opinion they brought to light the fact they really don't respect historical places. They proved they think they are above the law...like the people behind anonymous thinks.


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