Pine Marten Seen In Yorkshire After 35 Years

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Pine Marten’s first arrived on the British Isles after the last ice age and the second most common carnivore on these islands, but are now one of the rarest mammal species here, with no recorded sitings in Yorkshire’s forests for 35 years. But footage has been released of a Pine Marten sighting in Yorkshire and it is ultra-cute (see video above)!

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Eco-Terrorism, Eco-Fascism, Eco-Extremism, Eco-Anarchism and the Białowieża Forest

Europe’s last remaining primeval forest, the beautiful Białowieża forest, home to bison, foxes, and a plethora of other living beings, the last remnants of a wild Europe now remembered only in myth and legend, located in the area now called Poland, is under attack from loggers.

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As stated in the video above, the EU’s top court has ordered the Polish government to stop logging in the area. Poland’s rising far-right nationalist movement has taken issue with this move, calling the environmentalists, who are looking to defend and support the forest, “green terrorists“.

This is not the first time eco-radicals and anarchists have been accused of being terrorists, with events like those in Langnau Switzerland in 2010 bringing eco-anarchism back into British press, being labeled as terrorist acts. The FBI lists eco-anarchist groups like Earth First!, ALF and ELF as terrorist groups. But it is utterly bizarre to label groups who at the most cause property damage as terrorist groups.

Is it terrorism to sabotage logging equipment, block roads, spike and sit in trees, and not harm people, inflict no violence upon anyone and generally go out of your way to not hurt people?

Is it terrorism to cut down and destroy one of the oldest living ecosystems on this planet, home to more wildlife than you could hope to count, a source of healing for our atmosphere, a lifeform in and of it-self, in a brutal and violent fashion?

One seems like terrorism to me, the other not.

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What about that other label that environmentalists are often brushed with though – eco-fascism: does that hold any weight to it?

In reaction to the rise of Trumpism and the growing right-wing popularist movements in the USA and in Europe, antifa and anti-fascism have become more visually active and increasingly part of everyday politics now. Communist-anarchist groups, linked to antifa, have recently done interviews with FOX news on the matter of racism and authoritarianism in the Trump era of politics.

But what of eco-anarchists?

Earth First! have for a long time spoken out against fascism and xenophobia and they have supported actions that directly opposed Trump before his presidency.

Environmentalism as a movement has long supported anti-colonialist struggles, and it is arguable that environmentalism cannot be divorced from anti-colonialism – with fascism’s Italian-imperialism having undeniable ties/friendly-relations with colonialism.

Radical environmentalist writer Derrick Jensen has written about, in opposition to, fascism’s ties to and influence on industries and business still going today.

Many of those who want to tie environmentalism in with fascism seek to draw on Nazi sympathy for nature, drawing from blood and soil narratives tied to the Nazi green-wing. This is obviously a pretty poor straw-man argument, but is one that is often peddled, and appeals to reducto ad Hitlerum type cheap arguments.

So any claim trying to tie eco-radicals with fascism seems very weak, if any can be made at all, with eco-radicals and eco-anarchist having closer ties to anti-fascists than the far-right.

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But what are the sentiments between radical groups?

The communist-anarchist group It’s Going Down have recently criticised the eco-extremist group Individualists Tending Towards the Wild (ITS), as part of an online set of back-and-forth articles surrounding eco-extremism and its relationship with anarchism. These have generally been criticisms of the more violent tactics of this group in Mexico, who embrace the category of terrorism and intend to create terror for the civilised.

It’s Going Down have accused this eco-extremist group of being eco-fascists and sought to besmirch the names of anarchist projects with any links to or who are in discussion with eco-extremism.

Eco-extremism is a movement that broke away from the anarcho-primitivist and Kaczynski following eco-radical milieu, in favour of a nihilist-pagan type approach to eco-radical discourse and practice. Personally I’m not convinced of all of what I’ve seen coming out of eco-extremist writings and find ITS’s love of randomised violence entirely vulgar and undesirable, but have sympathy for a great deal of the eco-extremist critique and argument, particularly their criticisms of anarchists and environmentalists on the Left.

And I can sympathise aspects with this critique of anarchists by this eco-extremist writer, in the weakness of anarchist arguments, where anarchists just call anything they don’t like fascist – something that It’s Going Down appear to be doing.

Something that I love about the eco-extremist discourse is their opposition to anthropocentrism and embrace of wild nature, which they define as –

“Wild Nature: Wild Nature is the primary agent in eco-extremist war. The philistines oppose the invocation of Wild Nature as atavism or superstition, but they do so merely out of their own domestication and idiocy. Wild Nature is all that grows and is manifested on the planet in animate and inanimate objects, from pebbles to oceans, from microorganisms to all of the flora and fauna that have developed on Earth. It also encompasses all of the stars, galaxies, moons, suns, meteors, etc. More specifically, Wild Nature is the acknowledgement that humanity is not the source and end of physical and spiritual reality, but merely a part of it, and perhaps not even a major part.” taken from the journal Atassa: Readings in Eco-Extremism

This embrace of the wild is something that much of environmentalism and most anarchists have lost, as both have become more and more amalgamated into civilisation and its narratives.

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Returning to the Białowieża forest, one of the last remaining places that fully embody wildness, whether you view it from a pagan-eco-extremist type gaze or from an eco-anarchist eco-radical gaze, it is a location of obvious beauty and value.

We cannot say whether or not EU protection will do much, especially with the rising tide of nationalism within Poland and the amount of illegal logging that goes unchecked around the world.

What we can do is be allies to the wild, in living feral lives and being iconoclastic towards this culture/civilisation/Leviathan that is anthropocentrically destroying the biosphere, whose wild beauty we love.

We are not fascists or terrorists, but we will use what means we have available to us and will fight for what we love.

This site recently republished this article on the International Mobilisation Call For The Defence Of Hambacher Forest, as part of the response to defend this forest in Europe.

We need to return to the woods and defend them, through all means at our disposal.

To end with a few quotes –

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

 

“Culture has lead us to betray our own aboriginal spirit and wholeness, into an ever-worsening realm of synthetic, isolating, impoverishing estrangement. Which is not to say that there are no more everyday pleasures, without which we would loose our humanness. But as our plight deepens, we glimpse how much must be erased for our redemption.” John Zerzan

 

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” Thoreau

 

“The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.” Jack London

Biological Annihilation

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.

International Mobilisation Call For The Defence Of Hambacher Forest

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.
Keep up to date, keep informed. hambacherforst.blogsport.de facebook.com/hambacherforstbesetzung
And keep it running. Get in touch: hambacherforst@riseup.net

Deforestation, Disease and Other Horrors: What Civilisation Brings Un-contacted Tribes

This video by Survival International shows what civilisation brings indigenous un-contacted tribes, and why the march of progress and history must be resisted.

Oakland Arson Attacks – Against Progress

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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.

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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.

Ecocide In Ecuadorian Yasuni National Park Puts Indigenous Lives At Risk And Could Bring About Violent Response

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Logging in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is putting the isolated indigenous populations at risk.

José Poraño, from Land Is Life, stated this is the interview linked above – ” Waoranis, Kichwas from Sarayacu, Zaparas, Kichwas from the region, and settlers too. . . We don’t know if the Taromenanes [one of the indigenous groups in “isolation”] will respond like they have in the past – with attacks, violence – to defend their territories. Rather than attack the loggers, they might attack local people, particularly if they take part [in the logging], as has happened in the past. That’s very possible. Due to how abandoned the region is. The state has almost no presence there. There are no economic opportunities for local people. . . [and so] the only economic opportunity right now in the Curaray region is illegal logging. We’re concerned that the communities could become involved.”

For eco-radicals the topic of violence can be a decisive one. Many of us have become very familiar with the Derrick Jensen quote “love does not imply pacifism” and enjoy his Star Wars video on May 4th (video below).

Taken from another eco-radical commentary on violence, the recently released Atassa journal – available here for free download and through Little Black Cart to purchase –

Sighs by Lunas de abril

Together we walk the hostile labyrinths.You take hand. My heart beats.We try to hide our nervousness with a smile or some light caress that gives an air of tranquility. I look at you; you look at me. Our backs carry the device. You know, my friend, you know why I do this. . .why you do this. . .why we do this. Every­ thing that is gray surrounds us, and you shed a tear in that night ofbitter disenchantment.We share tears under the stars that claim the poetry of dawn. How many times have we asked ourselves, “Is everything lost?” in the face of machinery that does not stop and imbeciles who are somehow alive within their inert movements. From within the rage that embraces us when we see distant mountains with rests devastated by the city, the hate grows, and the love of gunpowder appears.We continue our path. The cold air sticks in my throat, fills my lungs, and esc1pes. The icy climate brings to my mind the image of that rest that served as a blanket r us when our kissing words were silent and our shadows j oined to start the war, this war in which we will not be victorious. We walk without raising suspicion; black cats taught us to move be­ tween the nights, walking the decadent cities, passing unnoticed in silence. We arrive, and solitary stars smile on us. Our hands no longer tremble; the nervousness vanishes. The rage travels to every corner ofour bodies. You look at me; I look at you. You like me; I like you. I place the device, and it trans rms me into a coyote thirsting r revenge. We understand, my iend. Words are not enough.With patience that only you possess, you light the ame. Seconds pass, and in the busy streets the nervousness reappears.

You continue, calm, and I laugh at mysel Now I laugh at myself, mock mysel We ee; we arc the accursed shadows that in ltrate the streets. I can sense that a patrol is right behind me in the empty street. A mix of happiness. sadness. hate, and melancholy.

We escape . . . proud of what we are and to have encountered each other in the middle ofthis grey li . Proud to be eco-extremists. For yourself, you will always be you; r myself, I will always be me. Upon sharing caresses and attacks, we knew this. I believe in you; you believe in me. This is neither idle chatter, romanticisms, nor idealistic cliches. Our trust was built by actions-my leaving my life in your hands and yours in mine, without hesitation. And if one day we fall? We both know that we will avenge ourselves. The oblivion will annihilate our experience, but the living memory ofour actions will and shape in bullets and fires. Now safe, we caress each other’s bodies. I kiss you; you kiss me. You share with me your motivation to continue warring. We decide to arm ourselves and fight until the end of our existence. It isn’t easy to lead a double life, to lie to even those closest to us so as not to raise any suspicions.We make n of the moralist commentaries of the good citizens. We think with a smile of these citizens who hate us so much, “They could never imagine.” Our bodies, now naked, are discovering and rediscovering each other as we remem­ber the first attacks, the mistakes, the experiments. Your orgasm that brings with it mine, the moans, the scratches, the sighs.

For my friend, for all of our friends. . . For our savage nature!
Until your death or mine!
Long live eco-extremism!

No doubt the indigenous people’s of the Yasuni National Park love the forests they call their homes and it is highly likely that they will defend the forests and attack the invaders who try to destroy the forest.