Tim DeChristopher knew exactly what he was doing when he slipped into a  federal auction in Utah in 2008 and bid $1.8 million on oil and gas  drilling leases that he didn’t have the money to pay for: He was, in  Western parlance, risking his own hide in order to take a stand against  fossil fuels and environmental destruction. DeChristopher ended up being  sentenced to two years in prison for his brave, bold act, and in the  process he became a folk hero to many fellow environmentalists.
Tim DeChristopher was chosen as an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. Each year Utne Reader puts forward its selection of world visionaries—people who don’t just concoct great ideas but also act on them.
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Tim DeChristopher knew exactly what he was doing when he slipped into a federal auction in Utah in 2008 and bid $1.8 million on oil and gas drilling leases that he didn’t have the money to pay for: He was, in Western parlance, risking his own hide in order to take a stand against fossil fuels and environmental destruction. DeChristopher ended up being sentenced to two years in prison for his brave, bold act, and in the process he became a folk hero to many fellow environmentalists.

Tim DeChristopher was chosen as an Utne Reader visionary in 2011. Each year Utne Reader puts forward its selection of world visionaries—people who don’t just concoct great ideas but also act on them.

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