A group of German scientists glued themselves to the floor of a Porsche luxury car showroom to protest carbon Wednesday, with the stunt going horribly awry when they realized they had no way to use the restroom.
In a video posted to Twitter, social psychology researcher Gianluca Grimalda says the stunt staged by his group Scientist Rebellion is intended to highlight Porsche owner Volkswagen’s negative contribution to the “climate emergency.”
Together with 15 other members of @ScientistRebel1 I have occupied the Porsche pavillion at @Autostadt, 9 of us glued to the floor and some of us on hunger strike until our demands to decarbonise the German transport sector are met👉 https://t.co/Y5uo5IicXb @ClimateHuman pic.twitter.com/SUxUy5Q5uq
— gianluca grimalda (@GGrimalda) October 19, 2022
“I’m here in the Porsche Pavilion in the Autostadt of Wolfsburg to denounce the responsibility of Volkswagen in the climate emergency,” Grimalda explains beside an empty tube of super glue.
“Volkswagen is the largest car manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world, and the transport sector, the car sector has a huge responsibility in the climate emergency. There are 12 percent of CO2 emissions that come from the car sector.”
Things quickly got out of hand as the scientists evidently did not come prepared to answer nature’s call, and an update from Grimalda claimed Volkswagen did not fulfill a request by the scientists to provide them with a bedpan.