Greenpeace activists arrested after unfurling banner on Mount Rushmore

Visitors to Mount Rushmore were, um, "treated" to an unusual sight Thursday when climbers from Greenpeace scurried unnoticed up the mountain and unfurled a massive banner calling for action on global warming.

"America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming," the banner said. In a news release, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett said “This monument celebrates leaders who rose to the great challenges of our past. Global warming is the greatest crisis humankind has ever faced and it is the defining test of leadership for this generation. It’s an open question whether President Obama will pass that test."

South Dakota law-enforcement authorities weren’t impressed. They immediately charged the climbers with trespassing and the misdemeanor crime of climbing on Mount Rushmore National Monument.

You can click play below to watch a video from Greenpeace about its escapade.

 

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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