Saturday, June 18, 2011

Deep Green Resistance - Statement of Principles

Finally, an environmental movement I can stand by with my entire being...it is as if I wrote these principles myself.  The land is waiting for the Deep Green Resistance, I can hear the Saguaro and the ancient Ironwood Trees asking us to join them in living.  I am glad to know that a few humans out there are listening to the land.

By Deep Green Resistance posted on May 8, 2011

Deep Green Resistance Statement of Principles. The soil, the air, the water, the climate, and the food we eat are created by complex communities of living creatures. The needs of those living communities are primary; individual and social morality must emerge from a humble relationship with the web of life.

2. Civilization, especially industrial civilization, is fundamentally destructive to life on earth. Our task is to create a life-centered resistance movement that will dismantle industrial civilization by any means necessary. Organized political resistance is the only hope for our planet.

3. The Deep Green Resistance movement works to end abuse at the personal, organizational, and cultural levels. The Deep Green Resistance movement aligns itself with feminists and others who seek to eradicate all social domination and to promote solidarity between oppressed peoples.

4. When civilization ends, the living world will rejoice. We must be biophilic people in order to survive. Those of us who have forgotten how must learn again to live with the land and air and water and creatures around us in communities built on respect and thanksgiving. We welcome this future.

Continue reading at: http://deepgreenresistance.org/principles/.

It is time to create art and poetry in the name of the Deep Green Resistance.  Below is my first computer generated art created to celebrate the birth of a new movement.


Deep Green Resistance maple leaf art

2 comments:

Gail said...

This sounds exciting! Thank you for linking, I am on my way...

ps your lovely poem is here:

http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2011/06/oceans-away.html

pendantry said...

I too think this sounds exciting (hi, Gail! Small world...).

I'm not too sure about the 'civilization ending' part of these principles. I personally think that the days of our industrial civilization are numbered unless we get our act together and start working with, rather than against, nature. But one thing is clear to me: nobody I talk to 'IRL' about the threat to our current way of life treats my words with anything but disdain. People are too busy dealing with day-to-day mundanity to take a step back and consider that there might actually be something fundamentally wrong with what's happening (on many levels).

Where I have the biggest problem is with principle 2, where it says 'dismantle civilization'. My gut tells me that this phrase will turn too many people off by knee-jerk reflex. I'm not entirely sure it means what it seems to say: I don't think the objective should be to 'dismantle' civilisation: I think what's needed is to rethink it. Drastically. I truly believe that we could, if it were possible to all pull together, come up with a society that had all the benefits of our technological advances, with none of the destructive downsides. But again, whenever I try to sheeple about that, all I get is dismissive references to "cloud-cuckoo-land," "utopian dream" and "you're forgetting human nature". That last sticks in my craw most of all, because that's the one thing I'm most definitely not forgetting, while the ones accusing me of it are oblivious to the fact that what they consider to be 'human nature' is not what humans have always been like.

Oops. Verbal diarrhoea. Shutting up now, sir :)