Endgame Premises Archives: 7: The sooner civilization crashes the better

The longer we wait for civilization to crash—or the longer
we wait before we ourselves bring it down—the messier the crash will be, and
the worse things will be for those humans and nonhumans who live during it,
and for those who come after.

Sustainability is Destroying the Earth: The Green Economy vs. The Planet

by Kim Hill, Deep Green Resistance Australia Don’t talk to me about sustainability. You want to question my lifestyle, my impact, my ecological footprint? There is a monster standing over us, with a footprint so large it can trample a whole planet underfoot, without noticing or caring. This monster is Industrial Civilization. I refuse to … Continue reading Sustainability is Destroying the Earth: The Green Economy vs. The Planet

Park City is Still Damned: What Needs to Be Done?

     by Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance In my essay, Park City is Damned: A Case Study in Civilization, I described the vicious cycle Park City, Utah is caught in and explained how the city cannot exist for much longer. There are far more humans in Park City than the land can support, … Continue reading Park City is Still Damned: What Needs to Be Done?

Time is Short: Reasoning to Resistance

15 Realities of our Global Environmental Crisis By Deep Green Resistance Industrial civilization is not, and can never be, sustainable. Any social system based on the use of non-renewable resources is by definition unsustainable. Non-renewable means it will eventually run out. If you hyper-exploit your non-renewable surroundings, you will deplete them and die. Even for … Continue reading Time is Short: Reasoning to Resistance

Derrick Jensen: When I Dream of a Planet in Recovery

Featured Image: Abandoned mill near Sorrento, Italy, by Jason Wallace Derrick Jensen / Deep Green Resistance In the time after, the buffalo come home. At first only a few, shaking snow off their shoulders as they pass from mountain to plain. Big bulls sweep away snowpack from the soft grass beneath; big cows attend to and … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: When I Dream of a Planet in Recovery

NASA-funded study says “irreversible collapse” of industrial civilization likely in coming decades

By Nafeez Ahmed / The Guardian A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts … Continue reading NASA-funded study says “irreversible collapse” of industrial civilization likely in coming decades

Demand Crash! — A Response to Holmgren’s “Crash on Demand”

I've long admired and respected permaculture co-originator David Holmgren's thinking, so I was looking forward to reading his new "Crash on Demand," an update of his 2007 "Future Scenarios" projections for global developments. I felt especially intrigued that he has arrived at conclusions similar to my own, regarding not just the inevitability, but the desirability of a crash of the financial system as soon as possible. But the article disappointed me; I think Holmgren is soft-selling his realizations to make them palatable to a hoped-for mass movement. Interestingly, even this soft-sell is being rejected by the permaculture blogging community. ... Continue reading →

Abandoned Russian farmland soaks up 50 million tons of carbon every year

By John Upton / Grist When the USSR collapsed, the communal farming systems that helped feed the union’s citizens collapsed with it. Farmers abandoned 110 million acres of farmland and headed into the cities in search of work. New research by European scientists has revealed the staggering climate benefits of that sweeping change in land … Continue reading Abandoned Russian farmland soaks up 50 million tons of carbon every year

BREAKDOWN: Substitutability or Sustainability?

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York “Sustainability” is the buzzword passed around nearly every environmental and social justice circle today. For how often the word is stated, those who use it rarely articulate what it is that they are advocating. And because the term is applied so compulsively, while simultaneously undefined, it … Continue reading BREAKDOWN: Substitutability or Sustainability?

BREAKDOWN: A Convalescent Collapse

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York Talking about collapse can prove to be quite alienating. Most people quickly denounce those of us who start these dialogues as “alarmists” in an attempt to nullify all arguments and keep us safe from all evil and depressing thoughts. An obvious reason to dismiss talk of … Continue reading BREAKDOWN: A Convalescent Collapse

Joshua Headley: Morality & (Un)sustainability

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York As a socially conscious person situated within the heart of global industrial civilization, I often experience, directly and indirectly, injustices on a daily basis. A week ago, the NYPD (via two plainclothes officers) murdered a 16-year-old boy, Kimani Gray, firing 11 shots – hitting him 7 … Continue reading Joshua Headley: Morality & (Un)sustainability