Sorry but not sorry.
The initial idea was great… but the first campaign was in 1970. People, 1970!!! We are in 2016…
Is environmentalism made to last forever? An ongoing series of actions that give us the illusion we are moving forward when we are actually losing the battle… yes, because the Planet is collapsing and has been for many centuries now. The question is… until when can we afford to pretend everything is getting better when it clearly isn’t?
Biodiversity declining, fresh water contaminated and misused, whole species driven to extinction, climate change, air pollution, soil erosion, clear cuttings, monocultures, bees’ extermination… When will we say enough is enough? When the air is no longer possible to breathe? When our water source is so full of chemicals that our children die from drinking it? When forests are no more than monocultures for the paper industry? When all soils have been eroded? When all dirt will be covered by concrete? When all our rivers have been damned? When our food supply will be cut half because all pollinators are dead? When??? What is your/OUR threshold?
We are on the verge of complete biotic collapse. (…) We are out of soil, we are out of species and we are out of time, and catastrophic climate change has already begun. We really need to start thinking as a resistance movement, because this is a war (…) and if anyone is left to look back 100 years from now, they are going to wonder ‘what the fuck was wrong with us that we didn’t fight like hell when our planet was going down’. Now you love something or you wouldn’t be here. Whatever you love, it is under assault. Love is a verb, we got to let that love call us to action.
(full talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLRr3yBZj-k)
You turn off the lights and recycle, I hear you say? Great! Really, any small action is important. However, we need a bit more than that. We need both a resistance movement and a regeneration movement. We need both to act against the current destruction cycle as well as work on the regeneration of natural places that have been destroyed. We need to find alternatives to the current system instead of trying to figure out how to “improve” it. Make no mistake: the current system is the one perpetuating ecocide and there’s no way to improve it because it is basically based on “development” and “constant growth”… and these always lead to violence, both against Humans (e.g. indigenous peoples) and all life on the Planet.
Many people are working on alternatives to the current system, such as the permaculture movement. There are many regeneration movements happening at the moment, about which I can write on a future blog post. There are also many who work on other kinds of activism, such as protesting, lobbying, raising awareness and being present on conflict zones. The important thing here is that we need to unite. Doesn’t matter race, nationality, religion, we are all Humans of Planet Earth, and that should be enough for us to stop with horizontal conflicts (i.e. people losing time disagreeing on minor things, therefore being distracted from the real problems) and start looking up where the powerful and main destroyers of the Earth are.
I hope to write about this again in the future, but for now, make sure to take a look at the links below:
Okay… rant is over! I know, not my typical post… but this is way too important to simply stay inside my head. And I have to add that my background is conservation biology and so I deeply appreciate all the efforts that all my “colleagues” (I don’t work on the field) as well as environmentalists on other fields are making in order to save species, spread awareness on the public and lobby against the further destruction of whole ecosystems. Nevertheless, I believe it’s very important to question if your work is making the necessary impact in order to actually stop the collapse of life on Earth. After learning that 93% of the Great Barrier Reef is bleached… anything less than that is simply not enough.