Mar 26, 2010
8 Strange Environmental Protests
Passion can cause people to do some pretty wild things. Protesting something is a rational thing. Protesting something in a crazy or stupid way isn’t. Over the years we’ve seen some pretty wild and original protests. Below is collection of the strangest.
1. PETA Blow-Up Dolls
OBEY THE TOILET.
3. Butter Bombs
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society protests the whaling industry in very direct and disruptive ways and are often referred to as an extremist group. In fact, the media and members of the group alike use the term “pirates” to describe Shepherd Conservation Society. With a resume build on scuttling, boarding and even ramming “enemy” vessels, the label seems to fit, though actual robby and stabby pirates most likely resent the association.
Above: Whale fan?
4. Nude Cycling
One easy way to go green is to ride a bicycle whenever possible. Cycling is great for your health and bicycles cost much less to manufacture than other vehicles while being powered entirely by the rider’s strength. Of course, the best way to make people aware of this is to cycle completely naked.
Not at all a dangerous distraction to other drivers.
5.Polar Bears Hate Oil
When traveling in Vancouver it’s not odd to see a polar bear or two roaming around. Okay, so it is odd, but these polar bears are actually protesters in suits protesting oil drilling by raising awareness of the impact drilling can have on environment.
Seriously, they really hate oil.
6. Robbing a Train
Train robberies are an art form lost on modern man. In a simpler time when cowboys roamed the wild Texas landscape, sandblasted criminals clad in gaudy hats and bandannas would coordinate a massive robbery of trains while they were in transit. It’s sort of like robbing a bank, if a bank were coal powered, moved a seventy miles an hour and could only be escaped via horseback.
Apparently no one told them that banks were stationary
7. Changing Your Name
What are you willing to change about yourself to advocate animal rights? Your diet? Your clothes? What about your name? One Virginia rights activist did just that, presumable because she’s never seen a sandwich board in her life. But rather than change her name to something like “Stopskinningbadgers McKenzie” or “Seriouslysealsaren’tforclubbing Williams,” Jennifer Thornburg changed her name to CutOut Dissection.com. Those of you with a keen eye may recognize that as a web address, otherwise known as a URL, otherwise known as a terrible form of a name
Seriously, this would have been easier.
8. Getting Stuck on the Prime Minister
The UK based group Plane Stupid prides itself on non-violent protests and, unlike PETA, do not rely on shock tactics to get their message across. The group opposes what it sees as rapid and unnecessary airport expansion. When confronting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Plane Stupid member Dan Glass took a more hands-on approach. Specifically, the he glued his hand to Brown’s arm
Fight the power.