September 15, 2008
Whoever says that the good old days of non-violent, direct action environmental protest are gone may finally be right. Last week four tree-sitters abandoned their perch--after 21 months when as many as 150 different protestors participated off and on--atop an 80-foot redwood tree that formerly sat amidst an oak grove in the middle of the University of California's Berkeley campus. Hours later, arborists took down the tree, the last of more than three dozen on a piece of land slated to house a new $125 million university sports complex.
For their part, the tree-sitters told reporters that they agreed to come down on the condition that the university would create a land use committee that would incorporate input from...