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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Solar Panels: Toxic Ecological Nightmare

Behind the bright-green, techno-utopian myths surrounding the “eco-friendly” solar panel, the promise of continuing this culture’s everyday norms through solar-cells, the liberal-environmentalist’s dream, there is a far darker real of anthropocentric land abuse.

The video above shows the Baotou dystopian lake, a toxified environment, ruined through rare-earth mining for the production of “green” technologies, such as solar panels.

Lead emissions and subsequent poisoning are known pollutants from solar energy, with lead poisoning being know to cause numerous adverse health effects, including damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, and the reproductive system. It is known to be an ecological catastrophe having a disastrous impact on flora, fauna and micro-organisms.

There are substantial issues regarding our ability to recycle old solar panels and given issues regarding aging solar panels that governments, such as the Chinese, are already having, and given how much the bright-green plan liberals are relying on relies on solar panels, recycling old panels presents as a substantial problem, adding to the growing list of problems this culture is producing, through hyper-modern technologies.

Cadmium Telluride, Copper Indium Selenide, Cadmium Indium Gallium (Di)selenide and Silicon Tetrachloride are all toxic chemicals used in solar panel, all presenting ecological issues.

In this time, when discussions over ecological and societal collapse are relatively normal day-to-day discourse and media, alongside religious and extra-terrestrial apocalypse stories (which are laughable), it makes sense that technological mediums like solar panels will present a place of hope and faith for many struggling with this existential crisis – South Pacific islanders worshiped the planes that brought them food, presenting a means of easy survival for them, and in a similar fashion greens worship the technological mediums that promise salvation from these collapses.

Environmentalists like Derrick Jensen and Theodore Kaczynski have written substantial and articulate critiques of techno-industrial society and green technologies, and to quote anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan –

“Technology today is offering solutions to everything in every sphere. You can hardly think of one for which it doesn’t come up with the answer. But it would like us to forget that in virtually every case, it has created the problem in the first place that it comes round to say that it will transcend. Just a little more technology. That’s what it always says. And I think we see the results ever more clearly today.” Zerzan

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We need to be iconoclastic towards the theology of salvation presented by bright-green techno-utopians, a suicide cult on route to ruin, if we are to be feral allies of the wild.

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

Doomsday Debates – Dark Greens vs light and Bright Greens

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.”

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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.

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.