Greenpeace activists chose South Dakota’s Mt. Rushmore as the location for one of several demonstrations to influence world leaders at the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila, Italy, a meeting that will help create a global strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Greenpeace used the demonstrations as a means to urge President Obama to push stronger legislation than the American Clean Energy and Security Act that was recently approved by the House.
Three Greenpeace activists repelled down the face of the monument and posted a banner reading “America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming.” The banner also displayed Obama’s face next to Lincoln’s. The three climbers and eight other Greenpeace activists were arrested.