Recognizing the true guardians of the forest: Q&A with David Kaimowitz

Indigenous peoples worldwide are the victims of the largest genocide in human history, which is ongoing. Wherever indigenous cultures have not been completely destroyed or assimilated, they stand as relentless defenders of the landbases and natural communities which are there ancestral homes. They also provide living proof that humans as a species are not inherently destructive, but a societal structure based on large scale monoculture, endless energy consumption, accumulation of wealth and power for a few elites, human supremacy and patriarchy (i.e. civilization) is. DGR stands in strong solidarity with indigenous peoples.

This article originally appeared on Mongabay.

by  on 14 April 2021

2 thoughts on “Recognizing the true guardians of the forest: Q&A with David Kaimowitz”

  1. This is just Milquetoast garbage, not worthy of radical environmental discussion. Like all other environmental problems, deforestation is caused by human overpopulation and human overconsumption, period. As Derrick Jensen pointed out, the very first civilization destroyed a native forest by killing the trees thousands of years before Christ, so nothing new here. Civilization is caused by overpopulation, and killing trees is overconsumption, because humans shouldn’t be killing anything they don’t eat, and we don’t eat trees. We can learn from hunter-gatherer indigenous people how to properly live in & near forests, but farmers are not anyone to emulate, indigenous or not.

    As a side note: It’s simply not true that conservation only has the two “strains” as David Kaimowitz claims. Neither of those descriptions fits radical environmentalists who neither live in areas they seek to protect, nor are protecting animals they want to kill for fun. John Muir, David Brower, and Dave Foreman, to name just a few off the top of my head, represent a major conservationist strain that is well outside Kaimowitz’s descriptions, which are rather insulting to and ignorant of radical environmentalists.

  2. Full agreement with Jeff on this one. No amount of “Green New Deals,” forest management, or glowing praise for “Indigenous Peoples” (pretentiously capitalized or not) is going to save the world, so long as population is at least ten times the sustainable numberu — and which is now massively dependent on all the destructive industries that support us.

    If one-tenth of one percent of the damage caused by humans were caused by any other species, we’d be euthanizing the populations of developed countries, and conducting a massive spay and neuter program in Africa.

    By that measure, we’re all human supremacists. And the only thing likely to save the world is a pandemic 100 times as bad as the coronavirus.

    My only agreement with the article itself is its last 3 sentences: We can’t stop fighting for the planet. But the planet must be the top priority — not the species that’s destroying it.

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