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Environmental Devastation Is a Mass Murderer

 by Keith Goetzman


Tags: Environment, Derrick Jensen, green living, Orion,

Derrick Jensen is an environmentalist who sure knows how to rile up the environmentalists. The radical green author and Utne Visionary has launched a new column in Orion magazine, Upping the Stakes, and its first installment, “World at Gunpoint,” has set off a tempest on Orion’s website, landing 174 comments on 22 web pages when we last checked.

What did Jensen do to spark this upwelling? He suggested that mere “green living” lifestyle choices aren’t going to save our asses, and that much bolder actions are necessary to confront environmental devastation, which he likens to a gunslinging murderer:

If someone were rampaging through your home, killing those you love one by one (and, for that matter, en masse), would the question burning a hole in your heart be: how should I live my life right now? I can’t speak for you, but the question I’d be asking is this: how do I disarm or dispatch these psychopaths? How do I stop them using any means necessary?

Not all the respondents take issue with Jensen: Some hail his line of thinking, and others admit to deeply conflicted feelings. Which to me means that he’s asking important and necessary questions, taking the dialogue to a deeper lever. I eagerly await his next column, which will be online July 7.

Source: Orion

annanamos
7/7/2009 5:25:52 PM

There is a lot of environmental damage that needs to be undone, and civilization does have a lot of changes that need to be made. However, the huge problem I have is that the more militant of the environmental movement (and I completely support environmental causes) insist that civilization as it exists needs to be wiped clean and the human population should be reduced to 1/6 of it's current size. It doesn't seem as Mr. Jensen has explicitly said it, although it's certainly implied. Here's the hitch - he's assuming he's not going to be one of the dead. People with this viewpoint will often say they don't care, but trust that they do, and they think that because they drive a hybrid they're immune. (So not the case.) No, some person wearing a hemp shirt and publishing a "save the earth" blog from their urban apartment with potted ferns and pseudo-Amer Indian decor is not that believable or authentic. (And by the way, Ward Churchill is not an Indian. He IS, however, an academic fraud and a hack.) If you want an authority on more environmentally conscious living, find more scientific sources instead of ranting and raving - someone who knows about how to cultivate things like trees and how to manage animal populations...oh my! I know of someone who has talked about those activities extensively...and the hippies are going to hate this one...Ted Nugent! That's right folks, Terrible Ted. Get used to it. Hunters are the first to advocate for conservation - just think about Yellowstone - created by Teddy Roosevelt, just as a large cross section of loggers are the first to advocate for responsible forest management. Natural populations go through boom cycles just as economies do, growth which precedes catastrophe and regrowth, in a cycle. Forest grows too large, there's a fire, then it regrows. Harvesting plants and animals keeps populations healthy. In the meantime, reduction is the name of the game. A lot of


arlenej
7/1/2009 1:52:54 AM

I agree. Environmental devastation is same as mass murdering. To give an example, mining does not only affects the environment but also the people. If you would remember Picher Oklahoma is a town under dire circumstances. Picher, Oklahoma, used to be a thriving place, as there were mining jobs to be had, and the mines produced lead that was used as bullets in both World Wars. The town is entirely contaminated with lead poisoning and mining byproducts, and children in the town suffer, and some residents refuse to leave, even if given payday loans to move to somewhere safe. The entire town was condemned in 2006. The Tar Creek Superfund Site, part of a federal cleanup efforts, tested water and soil, finding the town unsafe to inhabit. Some stalwarts refuse to move, but no personal loans, no matter the size, will bring Picher Oklahoma back. Read more: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/06/30/picher-oklahoma/