To sum up, there was one undamaged Nazca glyph left on earth. It was the hummingbird.
Now there's none, because Greenpeace thought it would be cute to tromp into a sacred site so fragile that they don't allow the president to visit, nevermind the public.
The Nazca lines are drawn in the Peruvian desert. There is a thin layer of black stones over white soil. You remove the stones, you see the white soil.
If you STEP on the stones, you leave footprints. Archaeologists wear rubber snowshoes to spread their weight out so that it doesn't mar the desert surface.
There are now a whole bunch of new lines, bigger and brighter than the hummingbird glyph, left by Greenpeace walking around. There is no way to really fix this--how do you remove a footprint? People in rubber snowshoes carefully moving pebbles to try and re-darken the marred places? The likelihood is that these footprints will be here for another thousand years.
The irony of Greenpeace not bothering, at any point in this operation, to contemplate the fragility of the environment there is choking.
Their apology is disgraceful--a classic "sorry you were offended" with no mention of the damage done. They literally said it "looks bad." (Note: non-apology is now gone from website, and there is a rather more complete apology from the head of Greenpeace US, so at least they realized how badly they were screwing up on that one.)
I am so angry. There is nothing on earth quite like the Nazca lines. They are extraordinary, they are sacred, they belong to the people of Peru. They make the world better by existing.
The same, now, cannot be said of Greenpeace.
I have been known to buy Greenpeace calenders with cute baby seals. Pretty sure I had a Save the Whales poster as a kid. I had them ranked as occasionally over the top, but generally on the side of angels, not like PETA or EarthFirst. (Does EarthFirst even still exist?)
So much for that. Destroying irreplaceable things for attention is the act of children and terrorists. They will never get a dime from me again, and I hope the people directly responsible are imprisoned and prosecuted to the fullest extent of Peruvian law.
There are so many evil things going on in the world, and they make me sad and sick and angry, and there is nothing I can do about most of them. But this is just blatant stupidity, and stupidity makes me furious. And while there is no direct address for systemic racism and the CIA doesn't give a shit what I think of them and my state representative hasn't the faintest interest in listening to me, Greenpeace has actual e-mail addresses and can be held accountable. And by god, I hope they throw the book at them.