The Summer of Gloves Off
Greenpeace Promises Summer of Forest Protests
Stalwart enviro group Greenpeace has promised a summer of unprecedented activism and civil disobedience to protect old-growth forests in the U.S. “If Bush continues to ignore the public’s wishes to keep their forests healthy,” said Bill Richardson, the group’s campaign director, “it will be up to the American people to rescue our public forests from this imminent danger.” The campaign kicked off yesterday when Greenpeace blocked the road to a federal timber sale in Oregon with a modified shipping container. One activist was chained to the outside of the container, and two inside were chained to a pole driven into the road and were transmitting pictures and maintaining weblogs with computers powered by attached solar panels. By the time the three were arrested for disorderly conduct and the container moved, a day of logging had been lost and much publicity generated.