Are we on the way out of here? By we, I mean me, you, all the animals that walk upon the ground, fly in the air, swim in the seas. I'm thinking the answer is, "probably so," and that's on a good day.
Still, I suppose we can't just chuck it in. We are all still here for now and maybe, unlikely as it seems to me, we can still turn this thing, this turning of our planet into an uninhabitable mess, around.
One thing I am absolutely sure of though is that there is no hope if we just stick to all the old tactics and strategies of the mainstream and even non mainstream environmental movement. For that stuff, the time is passed.
Radical, even more likely, revolutionary action is now needed to just buy us some time to actually create a new world where we can all live and breathe. The Empire must be ground to dust. Capitalism must be sent packing. Patriarchy, racism, and those old time fire breathing religions have got to find somewhere else to hang out, some other dimension where they can enjoy themselves without bothering all the rest of US.
I know that seems like a tall order in the little time we have left to get this thing under control. I think so, too. Personally, again, I have no faith we can get the job done. It is just hard to picture our species finally stepping to the plate while recognizing at the same time our place in the scheme of things.
But still...I give you this from Deep Green Resistance. The first post is basically a self description of what DGR thinks it is.. The second is a sort of call to action. The third is an announcement of "A Culture of Resistance East Coast Roadshow." I hope you take the time to read each of them.
What is Deep Green Resistance?
As a strategy, it critiques ineffective lifestyle actions and explains their inevitable failure to stop the destruction of people, species, and the planet. In contrast, DGR offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction.
As an aboveground movement, just now taking its first steps, Deep Green Resistance is based on this analysis and implementing this strategy. And we’re recruiting.
No more ineffective actions – piecemeal, reactive, and sad. No more feel-good, magical-thinking, navel-gazing, consumer-based, capitalist-approved denial and dead ends.
The goal of DGR is to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. This will require defending and rebuilding just and sustainable human communities nestled inside repaired and restored landbases. This is a vast undertaking but it needs to be said: it can be done. Industrial civilization can be stopped.
DGR’s strategy involves two separate parts of the movement – an aboveground and an underground.* The aboveground works for sustainable, just, and participatory institutions, and assists the aboveground frontline activists with loyalty and material support. And in any resistance scenario, the underground dismantles the strategic infrastructure of power. This is a basic tactic of both militaries and insurgents the world over for the simple reason that it works. But such actions alone are never a sufficient strategy for achieving a just outcome. This means that any strategy aiming for a just future must include a call to build direct democracies based on human rights and sustainable material cultures. Which means that the different branches of resistance movements must work in tandem: the aboveground and belowground, the militants and the nonviolent, the aboveground frontline activists and the cultural workers. We need it all.
And we need courage. The word “courage” comes from the same root as coeur, the French word for heart. We need all the courage of which the human heart is capable, forged into both weapon and shield to defend what is left of this planet. And the lifeblood of courage is, of course, love.
So while DGR is about fighting back, in the end this movement is about love. The songbirds and the salmon need your heart, no matter how weary, because even a broken heart is still made of love. They need your heart because they are disappearing, slipping into that longest night of extinction, and the resistance is nowhere in sight. We will have to build that resistance from whatever comes to hand: whispers and prayers, history and dreams, from our bravest words and braver actions. It will be hard, there will be a cost, and in too many implacable dawns it will seem impossible. But we will have to do it anyway. So gather your heart and join with every living being. With love as our First Cause, how can we fail?
Want more? Read an excerpt of the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.
*Note: We are strictly an aboveground movement. We will not answer questions regarding anyone’s personal desire to be in or form an underground. We do this for the security of all involved with Deep Green Resistance.
Decisive Ecological Warfare
This is the question: Are you willing to accept the only strategy left to us? Are you willing to set aside your last, fierce dream of that brave uprising of millions strong? I know what I am asking. The human heart needs hope as it needs air. But the existence of those brave millions is the empty hope of the desperate, and they’re not coming to our rescue.
If you care about life on this planet, and if you believe this culture won’t voluntarily cease to destroy it, how does that belief affect your methods of resistance?
They’re not going to care whether we were nonviolent or violent.
They’re not going to care whether we grieved the murder of the planet.
They’re not going to care what sort of excuses we had to not act.
They’re not going to care how simply we lived.
The strategy of Deep Green Resistance starts by acknowledging the dire circumstances that industrial civilization has created for life on this planet. And that these circumstances should be met with solutions that match the scale of the problems.
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