Deep Green Resistance : By Aric Mcbay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen, 556 pgs. By Steve Hart

Sep 23, 2011

Most books tackling the subject of global warming and environmental issues often leave the reader feeling hopeless and frustrated. We end up asking ourselves, “Well, now what?” Some of us will withdraw from society, maybe start riding a bike or start a permaculture garden, thinking that we’re doing our part. Deep Green Resistance challenges us to do more than withdrawal and actually provides a prescription for resistance.

In the beginning chapters, the authors go into detail about the hazards of civilization and the typical liberal response versus a more radical response. Further on in the book, the authors explore the methods of resistance and how to organize plans of action. To be clear, they are not asking us to “like” environmental causes on Facebook. Instead, the challenge is to take the environmental destruction of the planet with all the seriousness it demands and meet these challenges head-on.

According to the authors, we are already involved in an ecological war that is waged upon the planet with the dependence on fossil fuel consumption and the demands of civilization. It’s difficult to disagree with this premise. Recently, the courts sentenced Timothy DeChristopher to two years in prison for his actions of civil disobedience, while corporations are able to pollute without recrimination. DeChristopher’s crime was to bid on oil and gas leases. Even here on Maui, the main sugar plantation has found it cheaper to pay the Environmental Protection Agency’s fines than to change the way sugarcane is harvested. And because of this, our reefs are choked with pesticide-laden silt from erosion. The eco-war is being waged, even if we don’t fight back.

It would be easy to ignore a book like Deep Green Resistance because it challenges the reader or because it seems civilization is an unmovable machine on a course of destruction. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book for those on the path of resistance.