Planet Save has their top ten victories for the environmental movement in 2008. Their list is very much centered on the USA, but a victory for the environment anywhere is a victory for everyone everywhere.
5. Greenpeace Activists Acquitted in the UK
A jury in the UK acquitted six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage charges after they trespassed, scaled, and vandalized a 650-foot smokestack at the Kingsnorth coal plant in Kent. The defense argued that they were acting in defense of the planet and that the damage done by the coal plantâ€™s daily 20,000 tons of carbon emissions will result in damage from climate change much worse than any graffiti. Unfortunate side-note: activists tried the same argument in the United States recently without success.