GC NOTES : Below the Deep Green book excerpt, there is a story from an actual, producing, environmentalist , Dr. Vandana Shiva - be sure to scroll down far enough to read it. She is also an actual feminist producing for women. Read about her history below the excerpt from her book.
I also put the authors of the DG book biographies below the extremely well written excerpt from their book (they write beautifully, it is their redeeming quality). So you can google them. Do it and see what they have actually done for the environment. Then consider what accolades their PR firms have gathered to describe them. Notice that one dose not support the other unless selling books for personal profit is considered environmentalist activism. (Don't follow leaders; watch the parking meters).
Then ask yourself who makes up such good fake backgrounds? Remember the so called feminist did not have the conviction to remain a vegan. She rolled back . And remember, when you are caught; MOST PEOPLE STOP, DROP AND ROLL.
The DG authors are inconsistent, undisciplined and shallow while trying to model themselves as cutting edge and DEEP. They write about criminal acts as if this is the historical time period for self immolation. I consider all this romanticised actual attacks on property more like deep doo doo. These are not the people who take lab animals out to freedom which actually benefits those animals and humanity. That was ALF - the animal liberation front. These people are like ELF - the environmental liberation front - who burned houses and SUVs.
Still if the beautiful writing below exemplifies the rest of the book it may be worth reading to understand and absorb the severity of the problem. But their solutions should be taken with a pound of salt especially for those who do not have the wealth needed to sacrifice their life to the legal system. I often think people like this are provocateurs working for the government to discourage activism, The tactics they advocate brought the FBI down on the ALF and destroyed their ability to function through the passage of the Eco Terrorism Act.
By Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Aric McBay, May 5, 2011
a bag of M&Ms and wings that stretch to cover twelve inches,
she’ll fly thousands of miles, searching for the wetlands that will
harbor her young. And every year the journey gets longer as
the wetlands are desiccated for human demands. Every year
the tern, desperate and hungry, loses, while civilization, endless
and sanguine, wins.
A polar bear should weigh 650 pounds. Her biological reserves may
have to see her through nine long months of dark, denied gestation,
and then lactation, giving up her dwindling stores to the needy
mouths of her species’ future. In some areas, the female’s weight has
dropped from 650 to 507 pounds.1 Meanwhile, the ice has evaporated
like the wetlands. When she wakes, the waters will stretch impassably
opened, and there is no Abrahamic god of bears to part them for her.
The Aldabra snail should weigh something, but all that’s left to weigh are their skeletons,
bits of orange and indigo shells. The snail has been declared not just extinct, but the first
casualty of global warming. In dry periods, the snail hibernated. The young of any species
are always more vulnerable. In this case, the adults’ “reproductive success” was
a “complete failure.”2 In plain terms, the babies died and kept dying, and a species
millions of years old is now a pile of shell fragments.
We are living in a period of mass extinction. What is your personal carrying capacity
for grief, rage, despair? The numbers stand at 120 species a day.3 That’s 50,000 a year.
This culture is oblivious to their passing, entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call
on the nightly news.
We already have a name for the tsunami wave of extermination: the Holocene Extinction Event.
There’s no asteroid this time, only human behavior, behavior that we could choose to stop.
Adolph Eichman’s excuse was that no one told him that the concentration camps were wrong.
We’ve all seen the pictures of the drowning polar bears. Are we so ethically numb that we
need to be told this is wrong?
There are voices raised in concern, even anguish, at the plight of the earth, the rending
of its species. “Only zero emissions can prevent a warmer planet,” one pair of
climatologists declared.4 Or James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia hypothesis,
who states bluntly that global warming has passed the tipping point, carbon offsetting is a joke,
and that “individual lifestyle adjustments” are “a deluded fantasy.”5
It’s all true. And self–evident. “Simple living” should start with simple observation:
if burning fossil fuels will kill the planet, then stop burning them.
But that conclusion, in all its stark clarity, is not the one anyone’s drawing,
from the policy makers to the environmental groups. When they start offering
solutions is the exact moment when they stop telling the truth, inconvenient or otherwise.
Search Google for “global warming solutions.”
The first paid sponsor, www.CampaignEarth.org, urges “No doom and gloom!!
When was the last time depression got you really motivated?
We’re here to inspire realistic action steps and stories of success.”
By “realistic” they don’t mean solutions that actually match the scale of the problem. They mean
the usual consumer choices—cloth shopping bags, travel mugs, and misguided dietary advice—
which will do exactly nothing to disrupt the troika of industrialization, capitalism, and patriarchy
that is skinning the planet alive.
But since these actions also won’t disrupt anyone’s life, they’re declared both realistic
and a success.
The next site offers the ever–crucial Global Warming Bracelets and, more importantly,
Flip Flops. Polar bears everywhere are weeping with relief. The site’s Take Action page
includes the usual buying light bulbs, inflating tires, filling dishwashers, shortening showers,
and rearranging the deck chairs.
The first non–commercial site is the Union of Concerned Scientists. As one might expect,
there’s no explanation points but instead a statement that “[t]he burning of fossil fuel
(oil, coal, and natural gas) alone counts for about 75 percent of annual CO2 emissions.”
This is followed by a list of Five Sensible Steps...................
The book, Deep Green Resistance:
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial
civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can't fix it, and shopping—no matter
how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that
can bring down the industrial economy.
Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence
to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target
selection for both above ground and underground action.
About the Authors of Deep Green Resistance
Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN
holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. In 2008, he was named
one of the Utne Reader’s "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," and in 2006
he was named Press Action’s Person of the Year for his work on the book Endgame.
He lives in California.
Writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer ARIC MCBAY works to share
information about community sufficiency and off-the-grid skills. He is the author of
Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash and creator of
"In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization".
LIERRE KEITH is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist.
She is the author of two novels, as well The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability,
which has been called "the most important ecological book of this generation."
She's also been arrested six times. She lives in Humboldt County, CA.
I am unaware of any feminist campaigns in which Keith played a significant role. Now I am
unusual because I do not count speaking and writing as activism unless it is part of a campaign
that leads to ACTUAL changes in laws, or institutional practices and said change impacts
the life of species and or the planet. I am looking for programs and practices that actually
implement social change not just prepare consciousness for change as important as
that is...activism is something more. Feminist activism is much more. Not only that, but it
seems the speaking and writing for which she is paid leaves a lot to be desired
in the factual basis department.
See a review of her previous book Vege Myth here............. I suppose she did cause someone
to say that it was the "most important book of "bla bla bla --
Now here below, in contrast, is serious deep green work for the planet and a book by an actual
feminist rather than a self described activist.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. She has fought for
changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, and assisted grassroots
organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland,
and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.
In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology,
which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity
and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming
and fair trade.
She is author of numerous books including,
Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs,
including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and
Development Organization and the Third World Network. She has received numerous
awards, including 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and
the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.