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.

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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.

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.

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.

Cyber Activist Group Anonymous, WW3 And The Left

The hacker group Anonymous have become a fond favourite of liberals and radicals, particularly those of an Occupyist persuasion.

Their Wikipedia page states –

“In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or “lulz“. Beginning with 2008’s Project Chanology—a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology—the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative hacktivism on a number of issues internationally. Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including direct action) in retaliation against copyright-focused campaigns by motion picture and recording industry trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the U.S., Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. Anons have publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement. Related groups LulzSec and Operation AntiSec carried out cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies, media, video game companies, military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to the groups’ activities. Some actions by members of the group have been described as being anti-Zionist. It has threatened to cyber-attack Israel and engaged in the “#OpIsrael” cyber-attacks of Israeli websites on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2013.”

In recent days/weeks they have uploaded a number of videos, with a common theme of impending doom –

The sad fact is though, their video’s, more than anything, appear to support the same culture they seek to resist, through being accumulated into the Spectacle of contemporary culture through the production-narrative of recuperation. And this appears true of the entirety of the leftist project.

To quote prominent anarchist primitivist and post-left philosopher John Zerzan –

“It isn’t that there’s no energy afoot in the world. On any given day on any continent, one can see anti-government riots; direct actions in support of animal liberation or to protect the earth; concerted efforts to resist the building of dams, superhighways, industrial installations; prison uprisings; spontaneous outbreaks of targeted vandalism by the fed-up and pissed-off; wildcat strikes; and the energy of countless infoshops, zines, primitive skills camps, schools, and gatherings; radical reading groups, Food Not Bombs, etc. The list of oppositional acts and alternative projects is very considerable.

What isn’t happening is the Left. Historically, it has failed monumentally. What war, depression or ecocide did it ever prevent? The Left now exists mainly as a fading vehicle of protest in, say, the electoral circuses that fewer and fewer believe in anyway. It hasn’t been a source of inspiration in many decades. It is dying out.” John Zerzan, The Left? No Thanks!

Perhaps Anonymous will help civilisation redeem itself; perhaps they will hasten its collapse through perpetuating the same narratives that it is collapsing under. We will have to see. Whatever is the case, it is apparent that something is happening.

To quote from The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee  –

“It’s useless to wait-for a breakthrough, for the revolution, the nuclear apocalypse or a social movement. To go on waiting is madness. The catastrophe is not coming, it is here. We are already situated within the collapse of a civilization. It is within this reality that we must choose sides.”

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Two Contemporary Political Commentators On The Value Of Abandoning Hope

No hyper-bol; no exagérations; no inaccuracy; no fake news; no religious dogma (theist or atheist); no conspiracy – just the situation laid bare: the planet is being killed (not dying) and we know it. The mass extinction event currently underway, along side climate change, air, land and water pollution, and just about everything else that surmounts to the day-to-day normality of this culture presents us with an impending apocalypse (in any meaningful sense of the term), which this culture will have to face up to eventually.

Marxist-Lacanian philosopher and sociologist Zizek, despite his reverence of Stalinist-socialist type-civilisation, has some valuable insights on the value of abandoning hope –

“The true courage is not to imagine an alternative, but to accept the consequences of the fact that there is no clearly discernible alternative: the dream of an alternative is a sign of theoretical cowardice; it functions as a fetish that prevents us thinking through to the end the deadlock of our predicament. In short, the true courage is to admit that the light at the end of the tunnel is most likely the headlights of another train approaching us from the opposite direction.” Zizek.

Radical environmentalist writer Derrick Jensen stated in his seminal text Endgame this –

“A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you real-
ize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope
didn’t kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact it made you more effec-
tive, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your
problems—you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the
magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters,
brave salmon, or even the Earth itself—and you just began doing what’s neces-
sary to solve your problems yourself …. When you give up on hope, you lose a lot of fear. And when you quit relying on hope, and instead begin to just protect those you love, you become danger-ous indeed to those in power.” Derrick Jensen, Endgame.

It is time we have the courage to abandon hope, stop taking comfort in it, take responsibility for our lives, the world our lives are immersed in, and start to act in resistance and revolt – defending wild nature and attacking that which seeks to kill it.

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