Global Environmental Politics and You: “The World is My Country”

Global environmental politics and you: “The world is my country”

Into the Streets!

On March 26, 2000, a rather peculiar demonstration took place in Boston, Massachusetts. As 7,000 scientists and others attended “Bio2000,” a five-day conference to discuss the latest advances in biotechnology, 1,500 people rallied outside the meeting venue in Copley Square to assert their opposition to the production of genetically modified organisms, especially in food. Police and authorities feared another “Battle of Seattle,” but they didn't get it. The protest remained nonviolent. A reporter for the New York Times wrote:

[T]he demonstration was not wild but wildly creative. Street theater abounded; several protesters ran around dressed as white-coated fanatical scientists wielding giant syringes and several others ...

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