• Activists roller 2,000 litres of biodegradable paint in busy traffic roundabout
• Protest aimed at Spain’s reliance on fossil-fuels over renewable energy sources
Barcelona awoke early Wenesday morning to find a giant sun painted by activists from Greenpeace España in Barcelona’s busy Plaça de Francesc Macià traffic roundabout in protest over the Spanish government’s continued support of dirty fossil-fuel sources of energy over renewables such as solar and wind power.
Echoing a similar Greenpeace protest during the Paris climate-change summit in 2015, a group of 20 activists from the Spanish section of the international environmental campaigning organisation chose the summer solstice for an overnight direct-action protest in which they rollered 2,000 litres of biodegradable yellow paint into a gigantic image of the sun, with its rays extending out in different directions around the traffic circle.
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In a statement, Greenpeace España said its action was to demand greater support for renewable energies from the Spanish government, as well as an end to the so-called “sun tax” that the government continues to impose on the sale of solar panels and on solar energy produced by individuals and private businesses.
The protest in Barcelona, the organisation said, highlights the failure so far of the Spanish government to comply with its commitments under the Paris accord to phase out the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and increase the amount of renewable sources in Spain’s overall energy mix.
► Read Spanish-language statement from Greenpeace, here …