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Desecrating cultural and religious monuments is normal Greenpeace behaviour.
Activism is about persuasion. It’s about using moral arguments to change people’s minds which, in turn, changes the world.
For moral arguments to be successful, we need to already inhabit the same approximate moral universe. Some things are sacred. The ends don’t justify the means. This isn’t rocket science, but apparently it’s news to Greenpeace.
In Peru, where a UN climate summit is currently taking place, the Ministry of Culture says Greenpeace activists have desecrated an important cultural monument.
The NazcaLines are a collection of approximately 300 figures etched into the Peruvian desert more than 1,500 years ago. In the words of vice-minister Luis Jaime Castillo, an archeologist by training, the figures
are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to…
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