My cousin got arrested yesterday. Not normally something you proclaim to the world. But here, look what he did:
That’s right. My cousin is one of the Greenpeace rock climbers who put up the Stop Global Warming banner on Mount Rushmore. No kidding!
When I first heard about it, I thought, a banner? Dude, what good is a banner going to do, no matter how well, and symbolically, it is placed? Why put yourself at risk for a banner?
But then I thought, it’s not the banner, it’s the act of hanging it.
Hanging that banner is the opposite of despair and apathy and going along. Hanging that banner says We Want To Be Heard!!! WE CARE!!!! Because sometimes you have to speak up for the good of your own soul. Maybe the message gets through, maybe it doesn’t, but there is NO WAY you can be heard if you don’t speak.
These guys had the stones to speak.
I think that is AWESOME.
I don’t do the news much, so I don’t know how they are spinning it, but I did see one piece that claimed the guys had defaced Lincoln, a lie that really pissed me off. The climbers were very respectful of the site, using pre-existing rock climbing tie-ins for example, so that nothing would be damaged. And they put the banner beside Lincoln, not over him, with Obama’s face lined up with the other Big Presidents, to emphasize the obvious: Obama can be one of the greats if HE has the stones to do the right thing and work to save the planet.
It sounds so scifi, ‘save the planet!’ but in this case, it’s true.
I hope Obama realizes that the message doesn’t come from a dozen big hearted rock climbers, but from the many, many other people who stand behind these guys. I hope Obama listens.
Noah, you’re my hero!