by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.

greenpeace, mt. rushmore, climate change, global warming, obama

Greenpeace took a unique approach today and sent several climbers up Mt. Rushmore in the middle of the night to deploy a giant 75lb sixty-five feet high by thirty-five feet wide banner calling for Climate Action. Featuring an unfinished portrait of the President, it read “America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming.” The demonstration came as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in l’Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis in the lead-up to UN climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen this December.

The banner managed to stay up on Mt. Rushmore for about an hour before being cut at around 1:17 PM est. Greenpeace was quick to point out that they respect American monuments and the banner was not installed in any way detrimental to the carvings on Mt. Rushmore. For more information, jump to the official Greenpeace posting on the event here.

via Treehugger

[UPDATENewsweek‘s The Gaggle blog says it has learned: “That a team of 12 experienced climbers prepped conspicuously for months planning for different scenarios to ensure the action could be completed safely. The group also promised there would be no damage to the actual monument, which is solid granite. And all involved planned to spend several weeks behind bars.”]

Photo: Used with permission from Greenpeace

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • OakRaidFan

    GreenPeace has always been badass. They have protested on nuclear test sites. A protestor lost a leg when a train ran him over at the Concord CA Naval Weapons Station. I know a guy who held on to a bow of a nuclear aircraft carrier while wearing a wetsuit, as it came into S.F. Bay. I have always maintained that if I ever win the lottery, I will donate a large sum of my winnings to GreenPeace.

  • Libertarian Girl

    Obama can’t do anything via legislation to stop global warming. Every American and every world citizen needs to do what they can to cut down their emissions and carbon footprint– one of the best ways as laid out by the UN is to eat a plant-based diet (vegetarian) more than you do now and encourage others to do so.

    If Obama really cared about both the environment and health care costs, he would be recommending a “Meatout” and recommending that Americans try to sacrifice for the cause a la Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. But, their political careers didn’t go very well, so instead he’ll try to pass ineffective legislation and blame the Republicans any way it goes.

  • Jon

    Badass? Greenpeace? PWAHAHAHA

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  • profproof

    why don’t you hang off a ship instead of offering money you don’t have and will never get?

  • Marilyn

    So…. just HOW MUCH toxic ink did need to produce that banner. And I’m willing to bet GREEN DOLLARS that they DROVE a POLLUTING GAS BURNER to transport it there, as well as either leather or rubber soled shoes, (probably made by some child shackled in some Micronesian sweat shop. They should go home and study how Obama is spending us into oblivion! Note… CHINA AND INDIA BAILED ON KEEPING THEIR POLLUTION DOWN…. Der…. go home twits, and leave our beautiful state of South Dakota to those who can perceive REAL THREATS

  • linda anthony

    GOOD FOR GREENPEACE…….I LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • screwgrnpeace


  • BigEdsBlog

    Look at your constituents and check out my take.
    Stick aroung for more good content!!

  • Harold One Feather


  • Ed

    Global Warming theory and Religion are two things we could do without – they both rely on lemmings to spread the word.

    It’s a Natural Earth Cycle People, Wake up already!

  • BobtheBuilder

    Come on reality is there is no such things as global warming!! Global cooling maybe! This is all designed to make Al Gore money, he is set to make Billions of dollars off this farse!

    America is so gullible for this crud!

    I admire these guys for what they did, but the message should have been “Wake Up America, Politicians are making and spending too much money on this scam!”

  • Reaganite Republican

    Chairman O stated that the average American would not bear the brunt of this historic tax-increase, claiming instead that: “It is paid for by the polluters who currently emit dangerous carbon emissions.”

    Just compare this blatant falsehood to Ronald Reagans’ timeless wisdom:

    “The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us.

    …Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business.”

    And after the way they rammed this stuff through the House with little debate, without legislators even reading it… and while quarantining the GOP from any meaningful input whatsoever, any foolhardy individuals who still believe Obama’s threadbare “bipartisanship” spiel ought to have their head examined.

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  • deena

    It did what it should have. Spurred controversy about a very important subject.
    Thank you Greenpeace and all your personnel who are taking a personal loss in the form of fines, jail time, etc.
    It’s worth it. Every penny, second, to try to make our home a better place.

    What is possibly wrong with that?

  • Whoever…

    Isn’t it so easy to trash people who are only fighting for what they believe in?

    At least they have the guts to get off their fat asses and do something to try to change the world…
    However, I can’t say the same about the cowards who sit comfortably behind the safety of a computer screen trashing people on-line!!

    Oh and regarding global warming, well, I guess there’s an on-line cult against it because every time global warming is mentioned, you pop up like mushrooms!!

    Don’t you have a life or something!?

    Many people believe it’s a reality (myself proudly included) and most scientists have already concluded it’s true! Maybe we’re all wrong and this is a conspiracy created by Al Gore and by all the governments to make trillions of dollars, but maybe, just maybe, it’s really happening and it will eventually come back to bite you on your behinds…

    I guess we have to wait and see what happens in the near future to prove 100% whether we’re right or wrong!

    I just hope it won’t be too late…

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  • Watcher

    I wonder if the lovely left wing nut Hillary Hosta was involved in this “badass” action as she is an exelent climber.

  • A ..Jackson

    I am from Canada. I was in the black hills when Greenpeace pulled that dumbe stunt. the feed back I got from Americans was not good …one said they should cut the ropes and let them fall…doing a stunt like that pissed a lot of americans off, not at the government but at Greenpeace! they should be ashamed of hanging that banner on a monument that so great!

  • gooniebird

    When my brother lived in MOUNTIAN VIEW CALIFORNIA and worked for RAYTHEON those GREENPESTS were always asking for money to hold one of their anti-buisness protests or hang a few of their stupid banners on a building or two he didnt give them greenpeace wanks a thing their nothing but a bunch of fat green liars and all around pests

  • gooniebird

    Its sacreligous to stick a picture of dictator obama right next to four of americas greatists presidents and leave it to the GREENPEACE jerks to pull off another one of their stupud stunts