Save the planet with pranks, tutus, and civil disobedience


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Ever heard of the Yes Men? No? Trust me, you will soon.

Here's their gig:

Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else.

Look for more acts of prankery this Saturday, Oct. 24, in honor of International Day of Climate Action and on Nov. 30 when the "Climate Pledge of Resistance" folks take to the streets.

Here's what went down yesterday:

Today the Yes Men offered up another prank in preparation for the International Day of Climate Action, just a day after punking the Chamber of Commerce with a fake press announcement.

The climate-minded stuntmen showed up on Capitol Hill in Survivaball suits, with friends in tow, to hector Sen. Arlen Specter (PA), and the Senate in general. At the risk of taking the shameless truth-benders at face value, here’s a bit of their announcement:

At one point, Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men, wearing a Survivaball, began a speech on the Capitol steps. “I think this is our country, our country!” he said, before being grabbed by a policeman. At that point he let out a bloodcurdling scream and tumbled all the way down the monumental Capitol steps. “I’m fine, I’m fine,” he said at the bottom. “No matter what comes as a result of climate change, Survivaball can protect us.” (Video here.)

At another point, a fleet of Survivaballs chased Senator Arlen Spector outside the Hart Senate Office Building. “Anyone as wishy-washy on climate issues as the Senator, who thinks that clean coal is an answer, needs a Survivaball,” said Ross Finlayson, a top Surviva-model involved in the chase. “Maybe he ran away because he knew that even he couldn’t afford one.”

Read the rest of this Grist article here.

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