Greenpeace mock Trump with laser prank
ROME—The Italian and German offices of environmental organisation Greenpeace teamed up to project a message onto St Peter’s dome in the Vatican criticising U.S President Donald Trumps’s recent actions involving climate change.
The message read “Planet Earth first”, a jibe at Trump’s foreign policy slogan “America First,” presumably as a response to the President’s recent comments about the U.S involvement in the Paris climate agreement.
The Trump administration is considering withdrawal from the landmark agreement, fuelled by the President’s own opinions on climate change. Trump once infamously described climate change as a hoax perpetrated by China.
In his first 100 days in office, officials have proposed reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, in addition to removing clean air and water regulations.
The executive director of Greenpeace International, Jill Morgan, issued a statement on the message projected by the activists.
“Climate change is the ultimate threat of our generation, and real world leaders are taking action now to safeguard our people.”
“Ahead of his meeting with the Pope, we delivered to Trump a message that his first priory must be to people and the planet, not the profits of polluters.”
“Trump cannot stop the clean energy transition and instead should focus on accelerating it,” she added.
Police agents accepted that the incident was not dangerous and the situation was always fully under control, with the identities of those involved already known.
The President was given a private audience with Pope Francis Wednesday morning, where climate change was on of the list of subjects discussed.
The Pope himself has been a vocal supporter of international action on climate change and has described it as one of the “principal challenges facing humanity.”
Trump will most likely face a barrage of pleas from world leaders such as Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to maintain U.S involvement in the Paris agreement when he attends the G7 summit in Sicily on Friday.