Gallery: Why the Green Movement Plays A Major Role in the Occupy Wall S...

As the Occupy Wall Street protests move into their third week, we decided to take a look at what the protests mean for environmentalists. The primary fuel behind the protests is economic inequality, big corporate deregulation and the major lobbying influence in the US democratic process. Inhabitat has reported in many of our articles that lobbyists for major oil companies frequently seek to subvert green initiatives and alternative energy projects. In relation to the protests, many are angry at the huge tax breaks that major oil companies receive, which in turn, further widen the gap between rich and poor. We headed to the center of the protests in Downtown Manhattan to get a better idea of the green sentiments many of the protestors have.

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  1. Catfish6 October 7, 2011 at 4:45 am
    I'm not a professional protester and I'm relatively new to the phrase 'co-opting'. In fact I'm an amateur investor myself. However what's being done here and on a few other environmental blogs is a shame. I appreciate that green folks share some passions with OWS, but to step in and add yet another message to the mix. The protest is having tremendous difficulty keeping focus on the greed of the banks and their irresponsible financial decisions, as well as the dynastic and institutional wealth in America. To protest under any other banner is adding fuel to the media fire on the indecisiveness of OWS, and it is truly a selfish act. If you come out, unite under one banner; don't try to ride the wave to get your point across, please.
  2. lazyreader October 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    These people are economically unequal? Celebrities who also attended these events were Russell Simmons, Anti-Flag, Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Alec Baldwin, Radiohead, and George Soros. Nothing like millionaires to tell people there is economic inequality in the world. This is just another attempt to bolster the anti-capitalism sentiment. Yet it's the poorest people in the world that need capitalism the most. Hollywood seems to hate capitalism yet I'm confused as to how and where Hollywood gets it's money from. When famous millionaires all get preachy at the same time it can only mean one thing: they’ve had it up to here with the rich. It's a plethora of paranoia, self-pity, self-righteousness, class warfare, and economic illiteracy. People who demand more from government and want an enhancement of the nanny state. They have greatest sense of privilege and entitlement. We have a generation(s) of Americans today who have never suffered. They do not know the true evils of history. They know nothing of Nazism, racism, abject poverty, communism. We've watched Europe nearly collapse under the weight of regulation and entitlements of it's nanny states. The protesters want less in-between involvement between business and government........As long as government tries to pick private-sector winners, green or otherwise, corporatism endures, isn't propping up alternative energy companies like Solyndra just that. And as long as regulatory regimes prohibit large-scale investment by all but the most seasoned lobbyists, the market will remain less open than it should be. The strongest opposition to globalization has come from wealthy "First World" activists, it's amazing rich people are protesting the very thing that made them so rich to begin with.