Personally I’m not a fan of transcendentalist philosophy, finding physicalist/materialist/naturalist/phenomenological ones to hold more authenticity, but Thoreau is a great personal influence of mine and undeniably an important name in eco-radical thought.
Scientists are again stating, this time in the journal for the National Academy of Sciences, that we are currently living within this planets 6th mass extinction event. This video above is taken from the Facebook page of Democracy Now!, featuring their coverage of the study.
This is a call for support from eco-radicals and other allies of the wild, made by Hambacher Forest Besetzung, posted on their Facebook page with the video above –
Call for defending the occupation of the Hambach Forest
The Hambach Forest has been occupied for five years. For five years people have been building and defending tree houses in order to protect the trees they are living on. For five years diggers, cops, and secus have kept coming closer. Officially, the forest is owned by RWE, a multinational energy company that does not only want to kill the thousands-of-years-old forest, destroy habitats, dispossess and displace residents from the surrounding villages to generate power. With it’s production of lignite in the Rhineland along it is responsible for 30% of Germany’s CO2 emissions. A company that does not shy away from exploiting the entire world in order to maximise its profits. It is a company that significantly contributes to generating situations forcing people to leave their countries of origin. Because the people who first have to deal with the consequences of global warming are not those profiting from coal, but people from the global South. This makes our struggle part of the struggle against imperialism, against oppression and racism. What happens here does not happen by accident. It is a symbol of the capitalist system. And we are working on means of attacking it.
For five years we have not only been attacking RWE, but a system of hierarchy and exploitation that facilitates the company’s mania for profit. It is very clear for us that the fight for climate justice is intimately linked with the struggle for a world without hierarchies, a world far away from capitalistic coercion where major companies do not yield any power over human beings and nature! It is intimately linked to a world where everyone has the right and courage to defend their opinions and principles without being silenced by repressions from the state and system! The fact that the occupation is still alive after five years is proof for the fact that it is possible to resist, that it is possible to dedicate your life to your own maxims and that we will succeed in turning theory into praxis. Only by organising collectively and through courage were we able to fight for this freedom and free space and to maintain it. Despite repressions, despite many of us having been beat up, abused and imprisoned, we are here and will stay here!
With direct action we were able to cause damage to RWE, because of sabotage and blockades the company lost millions of Euros. The damage done to the company’s image due to the broad publicity on the consequences of lignite extraction is unpredictable. Although RWE continues to dig for lignite and destroy everything that is alive and beautiful we showed that it is possible to influence events. Because in a system that allows few to exploit an entire planet to still their own greed, resistance becomes a duty. Time is ticking. If lignite extraction is not stopped immediately it is impossible to stop climate change. Time is ticking for the forest, too. Starting in October, RWE has permission to continue cutting trees. If the company cuts 70ha of forest as planned, a large majority of the ancient ecosystem will be lost irrevocably and the only forest occupation in German speaking countries will be evicted and destroyed. This is not only about protecting a forest. This is about global justice, and it is about making a company accountable. We can only achieve this when we are many!
All fighting the state and capitalism! Turn your theory into praxis. Help us to maintain this freedom and free space, shape it and defend it!
Starting in September we will hold workshops in the forest that will give everyone the skills to be active in and around Hambi in the way you find most attractive and suitable. We will pass on all abilities necessary to occupy a tree and carry out other actions. From October onwards we are planning a large-scale occupation of the forest making it impossible for RWE to cut the remaining area. In case you cannot come to the forest then help us and yourselves from wherever you are. Spread this call, show that you stand in solidarity with the resistance in the Rhineland, or drop by for a couple of days and actions during the cutting season between October and February. Get in touch. There are as many possible ways of supporting this occupation as there are people.
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This year the badger cull zone has, despite what the scientific evidence reveals, has been expanded to include the entirety of what has been coloured red in the above picture.
The organisation Devon & Cornwall Against The Badger Cull have stated on their site –
“Devon faces several new cull zones this autumn, particularly in north and mid Devon. If you live in Devon, it is now highly likely that you live either within or very close to a badger cull zone.
If the culls are allowed to go ahead unopposed, tens of thousands of Devon & Cornwall’s badgers will be killed over the next few years. If you haven’t been involved before, now’s the time to get in touch with us and find out what you can do to help stop the cull and save lives in Devon & Cornwall. There is a role for everyone. For Somerset, please visit Somerset Against the Badger Cull.
Cornwall and in north Devon the cull companies failed to reach their original targets. Target figures are supposed to be based on a scientific estimation of the badger population within the cull area so that up to (but no more than) 70% of the existing population is killed. A week before the cull was due to end, kill targets were mysteriously halved in several zones, seriously calling into question the supposed science behind the cull. So much for the badgers shifting the goalposts!”
In Devon, as shown in the above chart, the cullers most successful means of killing these creatures is via cage trapping, which means that dealing with the cages needs to be the focus of eco-radical direct action – here is information on how to get involved with the hunt saboteurs, should you wish to support the resistance against the cull.
You can also attend this meeting, should you want to support the resistance against the cull.
We need boots on the ground and people to help deal with the cages and protect the badger populations in Devon, and in other counties within the cull zone (and outside it). Be an ally to wildlife and please do not tolerate these abhorrent acts of specicide!
Eco-radicals would have struggled to miss the recent article by David Wallace-Wells – The Uninhabitable Earth. In this piece Wallace-Wells depicts a future many dark-green environmentalist eco-pessimists fear will be here sooner rather than later.
This piece goes into great detail and draws from a great many sources to justify its predictions and Wallace-Wells ends the lengthy piece with this paragraph, stating –
“It is not easy to know how much to be reassured by that bleak certainty, and how much to wonder whether it is another form of delusion; for global warming to work as parable, of course, someone needs to survive to tell the story. The scientists know that to even meet the Paris goals, by 2050, carbon emissions from energy and industry, which are still rising, will have to fall by half each decade; emissions from land use (deforestation, cow farts, etc.) will have to zero out; and we will need to have invented technologies to extract, annually, twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as the entire planet’s plants now do. Nevertheless, by and large, the scientists have an enormous confidence in the ingenuity of humans — a confidence perhaps bolstered by their appreciation for climate change, which is, after all, a human invention, too. They point to the Apollo project, the hole in the ozone we patched in the 1980s, the passing of the fear of mutually assured destruction. Now we’ve found a way to engineer our own doomsday, and surely we will find a way to engineer our way out of it, one way or another. The planet is not used to being provoked like this, and climate systems designed to give feedback over centuries or millennia prevent us — even those who may be watching closely — from fully imagining the damage done already to the planet. But when we do truly see the world we’ve made, they say, we will also find a way to make it livable. For them, the alternative is simply unimaginable.”
Meteorologist and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Michael Mann published in response to this piece a short criticism, with the basic message being summed up in the first section of the title – Fear Won’t Save Us. He doesn’t attempt to refute much of Wallace-Well’s piece, but basically just says “he’s wrong and we need to keep hopeful” (though perhaps more eloquently than I am paraphrasing). Mann, with his institutional position, is very much a proponent of bright and light green approaches to ecological issues.
Philosopher of climate change at Lancaster University Nicholas Beuret published this piece, arguably taking a mid-position between, as he describes, arguments of climate apocalypse and those of liberal utopianism. Beirut’s main criticism of climate apocalypse arguments is that they are overly fatalistic and encourage passivity. His criticisms of liberal utopianism come down to the effectiveness of governments as means of addressing ecological issues. This piece was written as a response to both Mann and Wallace-Wells articles.
I myself believe that what is real is probably somewhere between Beuret’s anti-fatalism and Wallace-Well’s eco-pessimism, and I think it is important that eco-radicals embrace an anti-fatalistic eco-pessimism. Hopelessness isn’t a call for defeat, but a call to take power from those who don’t deserve our trust and to fight for what we desire – a liveable future for the bioregion of this planet.
When we are aware that scientists have lied about the dangers of global warming, do we trust those scientists like Mann, with their roles in governmental agencies?
Palaeontologist Peter Ward argues that the evidence from his area of study reveals that most of the scientific models, models Mann will be using in his work, are too conservative, and states that the arguments of neo-colonialist scientists like Stephen Hawkins, who call for space travel as a means of responding to climate change, are “inane”. I share Ward’s position of finding these (and other) techno-utopian arguments inane and, as bright-green salvationist ideals, far too fatalistic and defeatist, as they presuppose that civilisation cannot be stopped or will not collapse.
I believe that the collapse is unfolding and that we are witnessing it and that the role of eco-radicals is to be allies to the collapse. Anti-fatalistic dark-green eco-pessimism might not be “nice”, but, no matter what Mann wants, no one is going to “save us” and, as Beuret argues, it is utopian to put our faith in institutional means like governments.
This video by Survival International shows what civilisation brings indigenous un-contacted tribes, and why the march of progress and history must be resisted.
In Oakland California an underground activist, or group of activists, is burning down new developments.
This group or individual works in the early hours of the morning and no one has been reported injured.
Two days ago the 5th construction site arson since 2012 in Oakland city was performed and now the American Federal arson investigators have been called in.
Here in the CBS coverage of the most recent fire –
My contact regarding the fires has informed me that they are being done as acts of anti-gentrification resistance – oppositional to the relentless march of progress.
Underground activists and eco-radicals have consistently used property destruction as a means of resistance and revolt, as it serves as an obvious and pragmatic means of opposing the material apparatus of this culture – ELF and ALF’s, and MEND’s activities immediately spring to mind.
The ruins of the construction sites now stand as kinetic sculptures, reminders of the creative-destructive wildness of life/Being; iconoclastic acts, which succeed in disrupting the progress of history within Oakland California.
These acts should remind us all of the potential small groups and property destruction has, as means of resisting this culture.