“If your homeland were invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” - Derrick Jensen
Why is committing omnicide in the name of GDP okay? Why do we tolerate the ever-accelerating destruction of the biosphere we live within and depend upon? How can we continue to allow systems to operate which, at best, alter beyond repair, and, at worst, completely toxify on a geological timescale, literally everything around us? What makes it okay to turn every bit of natural wealth on the only life-harbouring planet we know of into garbage? We've long run out of places to put the trash; all the runoff and pollution and filth is now toxifying the very things that sustain not only us, but every living thing on the planet. The food we eat. The water we drink. The air we breathe. Our own bodies. Our own minds. How can we justify these atrocities to ourselves? To our children? Our grandchildren? How will you look a young person in the eye, decades from now, when they ask the two inevitable questions:
“When you were my age, did you know what was happening?”
Once you fumble through an answer to that, they’ll ask,
“What did you do?”
I, for one, plan to be able to look my niece and nephew in the eye and say, “I did not do the easy thing, the comfortable thing. I forced myself to look, even when I was fearful and did not want to see. I stayed awake, even when I was weary and wanted to sleep. I loved, even when I was angry and wanted to hate. I created, even when I was hungry and wanted to consume. I lived, even when I was fearful and wanted to die. I drove my stake into the ground and I stood up for what I believed in, even when I was doubtful and struggled to believe. I had great fear, but I did not run; I did not hide."
With inspiration from, and thanks to, this Post-Doom conversation with Stephen Jenkinson: https://youtu.be/zQk9nmsLrE8?t=3248