Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet

“In America, four hundred people own the wealth of more than half of the American population. We should not be saying tax the rich, but instead we should be saying take their money and redistribute it, take their property and redistribute it.”
—Arundhati Roy

Industrial civilization is devouring the planet and the future. The oceans are acidifying, whole mountains have been laid to waste, and the climate is teetering into chaos. Every biome is approaching collapse. And fifty years of environmentalism hasn’t even slowed the rate of destruction. Yet environmentalists are not considering strategies that might actually prevent the looming biocide we are facing.

Until Earth at Risk.

Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet is an annual conference featuring environmental thinkers and activists who are willing to ask the hardest questions about the seriousness of our situation. The conference is convened by Derrick Jensen, acclaimed author ofEndgame, who has argued that we need a resistance movement against civilization itself.

The twelve people in this volume present an impassioned critique of the dominant culture from every angle: William Catton Jr. explains ecological overshoot; Thomas Linzey gives a fiery call for community sovereignty; Jane Caputi exposes patriarchy’s mythic dismemberment of the Goddess; Aric McBay discusses historically effective resistance strategies; and Stephanie McMillan takes down capitalism. One by one, they build an unassailable case that we need to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. These speakers offer their ideas on what can be done to build a real resistance movement, one that includes all levels of direct action—action that can actually match the scale of the problem.

Earth at Risk includes:

  • Derrick Jensen, author of EndgameA Language Older than Words, and many others.
  • Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability; coauthor ofDeep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.
  • Nora Barrows-Friedman, journalist and photographer; correspondent for outlets such as The Electronic Intifada, Al Jazeera, and Truthout.org.
  • Jane Caputi, author of The Age of Sex CrimeGossips, Gorgons, and Crones: The Fates of the Earth; and Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture.
  • William Catton Jr., sociologist, author of Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, and Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse.
  • Gail Dines, a founding member of Stop Porn Culture, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.
  • Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
  • Aric Mcbay, coauthor of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.
  • Stephanie Mcmillan, cartoonist; author of The Beginning of the American Fall; organizer for the anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist collective One Struggle.
  • Riki Ott, marine biologist, author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
  • Arundhati Roy, author of An Ordinary Person’s Guide to EmpireField Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers; and many others.
  • Waziyatawin, historian and anti-colonial activist, author of For Indigenous Eyes OnlyWhat Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland; and other books.

About the Editors:

Hailed as the philosopher-poet of the ecological movement, Derrick Jensen is the widely acclaimed author of EndgameA Language Older Than WordsSongs of the Dead, and How Shall I Live My Life? among many others. Author, teacher, activist, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, he regularly stirs auditoriums across the country with revolutionary spirit. He lives in Crescent City, California.

Lierre Keith is a writer and radical feminist activist. She is the author of two novels, as well as The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.” She is co-author of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.

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