Greenpeace Protesters Strap Gas Masks on Nelson's Column and... Thierry Henry

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Love the planet? Like climbing? Fancy a protest? Boy, have we got the event for you. Greenpeace activists have decided that the best way to force the government to think about pollution is by placing surgical masks and breathing apparatus over the mouths of famous statues around London.

Monuments to Oliver Cromwell, Winston Churchill, Sherlock Holmes and... Thierry Henry have all been strapped up, and the group says it plans to hit double figures today. Even immortals apparently need protection from the dirty emissions, with Eros too being targeted.

A bunch of particularly strong-stomached protesters have also managed to scale the 52m high Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, which coppers have now cordoned off. As well as making a statement, they presumably wanted to get as close to the good air as possible, because everyone knows that good air rises. Wait, that's not right is it?

Regardless, four people have reportedly already been arrested, and the group is determined to get the government to double down on clean energy. [BBC, Twitter]