Endgame Premises Archives: 9: Many ways to reduce population

Although there will clearly someday be far fewer humans than there are at present, there are many ways this reduction in population may occur
(or be achieved, depending on the passivity or activity with which we choose to
approach this transformation). Some will be characterized by extreme violence
and privation: nuclear Armageddon, for example, would reduce both population and consumption, yet do so horrifically; the same would be true for a con-
tinuation of overshoot, followed by a crash. Other ways could be characterized
by less violence. Given the current levels of violence by this culture against both
humans and the natural world, however, it’s not possible to speak of reductions
in population and consumption that do not involve violence and privation, not
because the reductions themselves would necessarily involve violence, but
because violence and privation have become the default of our culture. Yet some
ways of reducing population and consumption, while still violent, would consist of decreasing the current levels of violence—required and caused by the
(often forced) movement of resources from the poor to the rich—and would of
course be marked by a reduction in current violence against the natural world.
Personally and collectively we may be able to both reduce the amount and soften
the character of violence that occurs during this ongoing and perhaps long-
term shift. Or we may not. But this much is certain: if we do not approach it
actively—if we do not talk about our predicament and what we are going to do about it—the violence will almost undoubtedly be far more severe, the privation more extreme.

Kim Hill: A Sustainable Population

by Kim Hill / Deep Green Resistance Australia A sustainable population ensures that the population of all other species who share the land where they live is also sustained.  A population that causes the extinction of another species is not sustainable.  Earth’s current human population causes the extinction of 200 species per day. A sustainable … Continue reading Kim Hill: A Sustainable Population

Lierre Keith: The Girls and the Grasses

Captured in a test tube, blood may look like a static liquid, but it’s alive, as animate and intelligent as the rest of you. It also makes up a great deal of you: of your 50 trillion cells, one-quarter are red blood cells. Two million are born every second. On their way to maturation, red … Continue reading Lierre Keith: The Girls and the Grasses

Derrick Jensen: Self-Evident Truths

By Derrick Jensen, for Orion Magazine There isn’t a chance in hell that something like the original Wilderness Act could be passed today. Environmentalists today are too much on the defensive. Sure, there have been green platforms and policy papers, but nothing I’ve read matches the urgency of this moment. So I decided to draft … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: Self-Evident Truths

Max Wilbert: What Would A Real Transition To A Sustainable Society Look Like?

By Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance Climate scientists are clear that modern human societies are changing the atmosphere of the planet, mainly by clearing forests, grasslands, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems for the purposes of development and logging and by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. These activities are releasing … Continue reading Max Wilbert: What Would A Real Transition To A Sustainable Society Look Like?

Book Review: Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

By Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance Lester Brown’s exhaustively researched book, Plan B 4.0 – Mobilizing to Save Civilization, is a bold and impressive effort to chart a course to ecological sustainability, one of very few books that attempts this worthwhile goal. Brown lists 4 steps that Plan B 4.0 focuses on to achieve … Continue reading Book Review: Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization