Ever get the feeling that our actions as activists – no matter how positive – pale into insignificance compared to the problems we face? That we’re fiddling as Rome burns? Rearranging seals, whales, bicycles, rainforests, whole grain in loves, recycled paper, music, rain gear, books, teatree, angelica plants, solar calculators, mental health, and deck-chairs on the Titanic?
Any way of life based on the hyper-exploitation of renewable resources is by definition not sustainable. For a way of life to be sustainable, it must not harm native communities: native prairies, native forests, native fisheries, and so on. Once we’ve recognized the destructiveness of capitalism and industrial civilisation—both of which are based on systematically converting a living planet into dead commodities—we’ve no choice, unless we wish to sign our own and our children’s death warrants, but to fight for all we’re worth and in every way we can to overturn it.
Reliance on technology to address the twelve story crisis we seem to be in is akin to putting out a building on fire using gasoline. Deep Green on the other hand, is more likely to look at pre-industrial and pre-civilisation ways of living as solutions to our crises.
In fact, many believe that the quicker we duck out of this entire physical system of how-things-are, and create a totally different building, the greater chance we have for surviving the next fire.
Don’t think of it as dying … think of it as leaving early, to avoid the rush.