My preferred medium is the long-form creative non-fiction essay.
“My years in green activism have shown me that false hope is worse than no hope and that ineffective action leads only to despair, particularly if frantic movement is a substitute for facing up to the realities of our limited powers.”
“The nature of this earth is change. The nature of this earth is endings. The nature of this earth is extinction.”
I think that, given the scope of the crisis that we are in and given the stakes, the dangers of reactive action are too great to just keep going, to just keep acting, to keep fighting. I think we need to have that moment. We need to slow down and have that moment where we really ask ourselves, “How do we want to move forward? What does it mean to be human? What kind of relationship do we want to have to the non-human world?”
Yes, I’ve experienced despair, but I’m far from giving up. The despair led me to re-evaluate what activism looks like for me, to ask myself how I can be most effective in the world.
I think there is a time and place for this model of activism. But it’s being overused, and on the whole, I don’t think it’s working. There have to be some alternatives. I don’t claim to have the answers. But I would really like to be a part of a conversation around this.
My kind of community has clear awareness and acceptance of the multiple and converging crises we face, the understanding that cornucopian techno-salvationism is not the path forward, and heavy focus on the need to go back to basics: local food and manufacturing, a sane economy, self-reliant frugal living, community, and common sense.
Humanity is obsessed with progress, which usually means building better machines to solve our problems. What if this thinking was in fact making the problems worse?
Environmentalists who don’t want to destroy trees because just just feels wrong, are often dismissed as wooolly and emotional. But what’s so wrong with acknowledging our emotions?
The environmental movement has become politically aligned with the Left. But accommodation on either side of the traditional spectrum limits the ability to look beyond the needs of humans alone.