by Michael dEstries
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Convicted killer Charles Manson is back discussing his environmental views – only his second interview in twenty years since opening up to Spain’s Vanity Fair Magazine back in April. This time, it’s NUG Magazine, which covers the marijuana community, scoring the exclusive with the 76-year-old and one of his associates named Gray Wolf.

The interview goes into much more detail than the Vanity Fair article on Manson’s environmental beliefs and his organization ATWA (which stands for Air, Trees, Water, Animals and All The Way Alive).

What I found most interesting was something called “The Savior Project” that ATWA is developing as a means to spread seeds around the globe. According to Manson, it was started in 1969 “as a stick to plant secret pot farms.” His modern day version, simply put, is a bit less inconspicous: a paintball gun that shoots “seed bullets” so as to “turn all of our efforts as a human society toward war on pollution, war on the problem, not war on life.”

That last statement rings hollow coming from a guy serving a life term for murder and conspiracy – but Manson nevertheless believes in his invention and wants to see it distributed to the masses.

“At this point, our focus is to support the manufacturing and distribution of “paintballs” filled with seeds instead of paint,” said his associate Gray Wolf. “The idea is to be able to shoot the seeds from existing “guns” on a worldwide basis. The technology can be modified for successful manufacture, and the gelatin “shells” have been tested, so we know that seeds will sprout from the “paintballs” on the ground in natural habitats.”

Over on The Savior Project page, there’s a bit more detail:

“We have an engineer beginning to create the molds which will be used to manufacture the outside casing of the loads, which will hold the seeds and compost. Once the seed bullet is at rest at its destination, the outside casing will weather away, exposing the seed to the ground, sunlight and rain, much like the way bird droppings seed the ground to perpetuate the plants previously eaten by the bird.”

Ok – so Manson is essentially taking the “seed bomb” idea and merging it with a weapon – which naturally fits into his idea of a worldwide “conservation army”.

“The Savior Project puts everyone in the army,” he writes. “Everyone’s in the conservation corps, everyone’s a civilian soldier. Civilian-soldiers in a civilian-soldier book, that must speak to and work with all situations that have anything to do with not letting the land be opened up and left open. You must close land with something growing on it.”

Personally speaking, seed bombs seem like a much less threatening way to create the same outcome without scaring the crap out of people as you fly through the neighborhood shooting paintballs. But such is Manson’s M.O.

Check out the full interview over on NUG Magazine here.

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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  • herwin

    there are other convicted sadistic killers who get a second change in life because they changed their way of thinking and realised they wrong wrong. Like Vick. I don’t know about Manson though and i am not defending his actions or something which were beyond horrible.

    His idea of an army of seedshooters is so outdated, so hippy hippy. Clearly he is out of touch with today’s reality.

    Just last week i saw a vid of a group of people who plant seeds and flowers in un-used areas of the city, guerilla gardening or something.
    Sounds nice, but actually these small pockets of area that aren’t taken care of, are very important for wild flowers, insects, amphibians, birds, and other small life. All these Guerilla Gardeners did was tremple these unspoiled natural pockets with their boots and plant some nice looking yet ecological unimportant flowers and seeds.
    So no, we don’t need seedshooters.

  • Yael Bas Avroham

    Charles Manson is a political prisoner that never committed or ordered any of the crimes he was convicted for, To read the truth about C.Manson is stead of the ‘media-fiction-Manson’ we strongly advice people to go to

  • Brother-Mike Mc Closkey

    Charles Milles Manson is anything and everything but a sadistikal killer-in fact He has been and ecologically aware since before their was a movement-if you think the idea of a seed gun is so outdated then perhaps you need to get your hands dirty in an actual garden-all life grows up from the ground and te seed is te root to all learn more about the great eco-political prisoner visit Charles Mansons’ Rebirth movement(ATWA)on facebook

  • http://Atwarwithlies Dalaina

    It is nice to see a positive article for a change. I noticed a hint of sarcasm when refering to Charles Manson and I feel that people are sadly outdated in their interpretation of this man. I promise we ATWARs enjoy our lifes journey while leaving no tracks. It is pollution that leaves its mark not seedshooters. Johnny Appleseed ring a bell? Check out the true intentions of good people and their fight for all life on earth, we do not discriminate even though people constantly try to discriminate against us.

  • http://Atwarwithlies Dalaina

    Great job everyone! It warms my heart to see this story making headway! Special thanks to Grey Wolf.

  • Tia Foster

    This is wonderful! I wish they would let the poor man out! Wrongly convicted. Anyone who is still brainwashed, try looking beyond the media.

  • Padric O’Fish

    Gelatin capsules? Not very green.

  • Shasta

    I don’t know what a seed “bomb” is, I’ve heard of Manson’s seed gun pellets though. I’m not sure how the author finds pellet more menacing of a term than bomb, but whatever. I also have to point out the obvious to the oblivious here. Charles Manson’s media circus and trumped up charges was a smoke screen to cover up the RFK assassination investigation which was also headed by Vincent Bugliosi. For those of you who didn’t exist at the time.