Just Stop Oil supporters have thrown soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers to demand no new oil and gas.
The two supporters, Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland, of Just Stop Oil have thrown soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, as the groups actions in the capital roll into the 14th day.
Phoebe Plummer, 21, from London said: “Is art worth more than life? More than food? More than justice?
“The cost of living crisis is driven by fossil fuels, everyday life has become unaffordable for millions of cold hungry families, they can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup.
“Meanwhile, crops are failing and people are dying in supercharged monsoons, massive wildfires and endless droughts caused by climate breakdown.
“We can’t afford new oil and gas, it’s going to take everything. We will look back and mourn all we have lost unless we act immediately.”
With today’s disruption coming in response to the government’s inaction on both the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis.
The two women walked into the room in the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, in which the Sunflowers is hung and at 11am threw the contents of two tins of Heinz Tomato soup over the painting which has an estimated value of £76 million.
Anna Holland, 20, from Newcastle said: “UK families will be forced to choose between heating or eating this winter, as fossil fuel companies reap record profits.
“But the cost of oil and gas isn’t limited to our bills. Somalia is now facing an apocalyptic famine, caused by drought and fuelled by the climate crisis.
“Millions are being forced to move and tens of thousands face starvation. This is the future we choose for ourselves if we push for new oil and gas.”
The group have stated that they have timed the actions to coincide with the planned launch of a new round of oil and gas licensing in which over 100 new licences for oil and gas projects are likely to be awarded.