Monet's Field Popped

On Saturday, an activist from the French food sovereignty group Riposte Alimentaire was arrested for putting a large tape over Claude Monet’s 1873 “Poppy Field” painting at the Orsay Museum in Paris. She conducted the action to proclaim that there won't be any poppy fields left in the current climate crisis as they would be "ravaged by flames and drought.”

Instead of realizing the meaning of her actions and heeding her words, the French culture minister condemned her and went into a tirade on X (formerly Twitter). She was giving all sorts of slander towards the dedicated activist. Claiming that the “delinquents cannot be justified in any way. It must stop!" The minister then proclaimed that she contacted the Justice Minister to "properly" handle the situation and declared that this episode was an outright attack on the most noble aspect of French societal cohesion: “culture.”

It's disheartening to see the culture minister's failure to grasp the gravity of the climate and ecological crisis as the most significant threat to French culture. The survival of these paintings is inconsequential if the natural features that birthed them, like the poppy fields in Monet's work, cease to exist. If the culture minister were to witness climate change's assault on her country's historical landmarks, she might reconsider her stance on the activist's message.

Regrettably, the response to the activist's plea was not as understanding. She was apprehended and held in police custody overnight. Although she was eventually released, she now faces a trial scheduled for July 2nd.

In Solidarity, Ryan Park

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Ryan's an activist with a focus on frontline communities. He's worked with indigenous peoples in SE Asia, C. Africa and on Turtle Island (N. America). He works for land rights and better access to FPIC (Free, Prior & Informed Consent).