The goal of these extreme actions is to bring the problem to the media and, consequently, to the institutions. “At this time, there are not actions too extreme to draw attention to the urgency of the problem” said one of London’s event leaders . And yet, despite the urgency to act against the climate crisis, the chosen course of action to raise the profile of the environmental cause should not inflict any material damage (even if only apparent) to artworks of historical and cultural importance.
With such extremism, the risk of losing a large proportion of environmental supporters is quite high, but more importantly, one can easily go from right to wrong and be viewed with distrust by those fighting for different causes. Once you lose the support of the people, the step to losing the interest of institutions is very short, and you risk sabotaging all the progress made so far.
The directors of more than a hundred cultural spaces around the world have already publicly voiced their dissent and bitterness toward this kind of protest. In a joint statement, they expressed concern about the fragility of the works, but declared that museums will not stop being “places where people from a wide cultural diversity can engage in dialogue“. They will continue ensure access to cultural heritage, and spaces for constructive social communication .