Ant Protest

There has been much discussion about the throngs of people that will march in D.C. tomorrow and over the weekend in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Many will be marching in protest of Donald Trump and his policies, including the Women’s March on Washington among others. However, anyone interested in a more creative form of protest might consider using ants.

As reported in Newsweek in 2015, employees at the Cologne Zoo laser cut messages into leaf fragments and then had leaf-cutter ants carry the fragments as a plea to Angela Merkel to pressure then-Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff into adopting policies that would be more favorable to Amazon rainforest conservation.

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Ant protest. Photo: Ina Fassbender TPX Images of the DA/Reuters

Perhaps such ant protest could first be employed to resist the anti-science (and therefore anti-ant) views of Trump’s nominee to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt.

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