Thursday, July 30, 2009

Earth not First!

I hesitate to publicize this at all because it's just more of the inane back and forth which has gone on in the EF!J for a couple decades now, but I really had to share this line.

"Remember, the revolutionary presence which drove Abbey and his minions away created space for the philosophical introductions of eco-feminism, deep ecology, and bio-centrism."

Really?? Deep Ecology and biocentrism weren't part of Earth First! until Abbey and his minions were driven away? I can only guess that the writer is in her teens and has never read any old issues of the Journal.

But if anyone would like to attempt a serious conversation responding to the article's headline, let's have at it.

5 comments:

sushil yadav said...

In response to your post on "Deep Ecology"/ Earth First :

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"

These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".



Chief Seattle of the Indian Tribe had warned the destroyers of ecosystems way back in 1854 :

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that you cannot eat money.



Industrial Society has been spreading blatant lies over the years.

"Green Industry", "Green Technology", "Ethical Consumerism", "Sustainable Development".

These are contradictory terms – these are oxymorons.

Industrialization can never be green – it is impossible.

You cannot save a person after you have killed him.
You cannot save ecosystems after you have killed them for making consumer goods.

When we make consumer goods we kill Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land - directly or indirectly.

Industrial Society destroys ecosystems - all Industrial Societies destroy ecosystems.

It hardly matters whether it is "Capitalist Industrial Society" - "Communist Industrial Society" - or "Socialist Industrial Society".

Industrial Society destroys ecosystems at every stage of its functioning - when consumer goods are produced - when consumer goods are used - when consumer goods are discarded/ recycled.

Raw material for industry is obtained by cutting up Forests. It is extracted by mining/ digging up the earth. It comes by destroying/ killing Trees, Animals and Land.

Industries/ Factories use Water. The water that comes out of Factories is contaminated with hundreds of toxic chemicals. What to speak of Rivers - entire Oceans have been polluted. Industry kills Water.

Industries/ Factories burn millions of tonnes of fuel - and when raw material is melted/ heated up, hundreds of toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere. Industry kills Air.

Industrial Society has covered millions of square miles of land with cement and concrete. Industry kills Land.

When consumer goods are discarded/ thrown away in landfills it again leads to destruction of ecosystems.

When consumer goods are recycled, hundreds of toxic chemicals are released into air, water and land.

Consumer goods are sold/ marketed through a network of millions of kilometers of rail / road network and shipping routes which causes destruction of all ecosystems that come in the way.


We have limited resources/ ecosystems on earth which is just 40,000 km in circumference.

If we destroy ecosystems for fewer things [food, clothing, shelter] the ecosystems will last longer.

If we destroy ecosystems for more things [consumer goods] the ecosystems will finish much sooner.

The fewer things we make the more sustainable we are.

This is common sense - plain common sense - which the so called smart, intelligent, advanced, civilized and developed Industrial Society does not possess.


The collapse has already happened for millions of other species – most of them have been decimated.

Very soon it will be the turn of man to go.


sushil_yadav

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Allan Stellar said...

Well that was a cheery post from Sushil.

As for Ed Abbey being a sexist and a rascist? Of course he was. But that doesn't make him a David Duke.

Seems to me he loved women. He gloried in the differences between the sexes. He wrote as a male (which was hard to find during that Herb Goldbergian period). And he was anti-interventionist in the wars in Central America, Vietnam and other areas the US participated in genocide. (And isn't war the ultimate rascist act?)

Ed was many things. A contradiction. An enigma. And a hell of a writer.

greentangle said...

Yes, I'm sure that was some automated spam from sushil but I left it because I essentially agree. Cheery, I like that.

There's certainly stuff in Abbey's writing which makes me cringe when I read it, but I can't say how much that reflects who he really was. Particularly when someone starts talking about population and immigration issues, I think the racist accusation gets made a lot by people unwilling to accept facts which oppose their values.

In any case, it was a much more racist, sexist world when I was growing up than it is now, much less 30 years earlier when Ed was. Shouldn't be a surprise that most people wound up the same way.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora greentangle,
I have to agree with Allan. Ed never claimed to be a John Muir, he enjoyed women and strong drink, and he loved the land before mankind. Ed would never have shirked a good debate or stirring up some controversy while alive, but as he can't defend himself why don't we just let him rest in peace. I am off for a cold beer in my back yard.
Cheers,
Robb

Allan Stellar said...

Wish I could join you for that beer, Robb. And drink a toast to Ed Abbey...