Throwing soup at Van Gogh's sunflowers. Blocking traffic and vandalising buildings with spray paint. Are these disruptive tactics necessary for climate activists to shift the conversation and achieve their goals? Or are they antisocial measures that risk alienating the public and hurting the climate movement altogether?
Ben Okri, Phoebe Plummer and Dr Rupert Read debate the future direction of climate activism and discuss which protest tactics can actually make a difference.
Phoebe Plummer is a Just Stop Oil activist who threw soup at Van Gogh's Sunflowers at the National Gallery.
Dr Rupert Read is a former Extinction Rebellion spokesperson and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is the co-director of the Climate Majority Project and author of Why Climate Breakdown Matters. He believes the climate movement needs to become more moderate and accessible to the wider public.
Ben Okri is a Booker-winning novelist passionate about the connection between art and climate activism.
Presented in association with Intelligence Squared.