Obama could be the next face carved into Mt. Rushmore. At least that is the symbolism behind Greenpeace’s direct action today. At around 10:oo am concerned citizens of Greenpeace scaled the down the face of Mt. Rushmore–or Six Grandfathers as the Lakota Sioux originally called it–and unfurled a giant 2,300 sq. foot banner next to Lincoln’s face that read:
“America honors leaders not politicians: stop global warming.”
Greenpeace is a long-time veteran of direct actions and today’s action was planned to coincide with the G8 summit of world leaders in L’Aquila, Italy. It is being hailed as a beautifully executed and coordinated technical and communications campaign by those who agree and as an ‘disgusting stunt’ by detractors who were disappointed because they just wanted to see some giant stone faces. It remains to be seen what the response will be from Obama and the powers that be, if any, but I applaud Greenpeace’s very loud and very public pressure.