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The automotive world is currently focused on Munich, where the IAA 2023 mobility exhibition is being held. A major event for manufacturers, who don’t hesitate to go to great lengths and present concepts or new models, to the delight of enthusiasts. This flagship event is also a privileged moment to get noticed for anti-cars.
Witness Greenpeace activists, who organized expected actions, including an astonishing one, this Monday, September 4 when the show opened to the press. The latter have indeed decided to… sink cars in a lake in front of the exhibition site.
When Greenpeace sinks cars
A Mercedes-Benz E-Class W210, a first-generation Volkswagen Touareg and another model ended up with the fish. An impressive image, which raises the question of pollution.
If Greenpeace claims to have removed the polluting elements (engine, fluids, etc.), it is still cars immersed in a lake. The place for these cars is not here. It also remains to be seen whether these cars were in good working order. If this is the case, Greenpeace would therefore have thrown three models that can still be used in the trash.
Change now or be overwhelmed later
The image was set up by the NGO to illustrate its point. Two activists were indeed standing with the cars in the water. On one of the signs, it was written “Shrink now or sink later” (“reduce [les émissions de polluants] now or sink later”). The organization also spoke on X (ex-Twitter) on this subject:
“By clinging to combustion cars and big SUVs, the auto industry is sinking itself and the planet. Instead of car shows, we need to focus on public transport of quality and on the punctuality of the trains!”
An interesting message, intended to be particularly anxiety-provoking. Even though Greenpeace has campaigned for the exit from nuclear power in Germany, forcing the country to… relaunch its coal-fired power stations.
In the meantime, this protest is reminiscent of the one organized in October 2022, at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris. Extinction Rebellion activists had damaged Ferraris on display to raise funds for the Perce-Neige Foundation, which helps children and adults with mental disabilities.
Greenpeace sinks car wrecks outside Munich auto show in Germany pic.twitter.com/fNRJ02PVLn
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) September 4, 2023
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To sum up
On Monday September 4, the opening day of the IAA Mobility show in Munich, Greenpeace activists sank three cars in a lake near the venue of the event. Their aim was to illustrate the fact that the automotive world must change.