Climate Activists Splash Soup on Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in Controversial Protests

Climate activists are targeting famous artworks with food in a series of protests to raise awareness of climate change. On October 14, 2022, one group, Just Stop Oil, threw soup on Vincent Van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" at the National Gallery in London. The actions have sparked a range of responses from the climate activism community, with some arguing that the tactics are counterproductive and others remaining silent. Some have also questioned whether the protests are effective in advancing climate action. "I’m not sure whether these actions are particularly effective because I’m not sure who the audience is," said Christina Limpert, a social scientist at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.