Forests and Deforestation

Forests and Deforestation

In this chapter of her virtual exhibition “Human-Nature Relations in German Literature,” Sabine Wilke examines forests and deforestation in works by Adalbert Stifter, Marlen Haushofer, and Elfriede Jelinek. For the German-language version of this exhibition, click here.

Wälder und Entwaldung

Wälder und Entwaldung

In this chapter of the German-language version of her virtual exhibition, “Mensch und Natur in der deutschen Literatur (Human-Nature Relations in German Literature),” Sabine Wilke examines forests and deforestation in works by Adalbert Stifter, Marlen Haushofer, and Elfriede Jelinek. For the English-language version of this exhibition, click here.

Austin Earth First! End Corporate Dominance!, 1996

This Austin Earth First! issue titled “End Corporate Dominance!” features, amongst others, topics like the menace of the Endangered Species Act, the global gathering of indigenous people fighting the oil industry, Mexican Zapatismo, Austin’s transportation and land use infrastructure, Freeport McMoran mining in West Papua, Indonesia, and the Children’s march to save Sierra Blanca.

Ecotopia Earth First! Special Baby Treesus Issue

This special Ecotopia Earth First! “Special Baby Treesus issue” sets forth campaigns named after seasons: Redwood Summer, Corporate Fall, and Nuclear Winter. It focuses on the Corporate Fall protests and other cases that required EF! demonstrations on the problem of “logging to infinity.” “Ecotopia” announces its secession from the U.S. The issue also includes letters to the editor, a quiz, and a plea for donations.

Earth First!: A Citizen’s Guide to the U.S. Forest Service -- Managing for Extinction

This Earth First! tabloid describes negative impacts of the U.S. Forest Service on national forests. Topics include reform proposals for the USFS, the role of deep ecology, the destruction of eco-systems across the U.S., abuse of Native American cultural heritage, and a call for the protection of national forests. Earth First!’s position and demands are stated in the end.

"'All That Country Will Be Taken Up by the Thrifty Settler': Migration, Environment, and the Cutover Lands of Minnesota, USA from the 1890s to the 1930s"

This case study of deforested land in northern Minnesota, transformed by the lumber industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, shows how differently institutions and individuals can think about climate and ecology when examining the connection between migration and climate.

Easter Island’s Collapse

The remote Easter Island was settled around 900 by Polynesians who built hundreds of giant stone statues and completely deforested the island before their society underwent a dramatic collapse. Although controversy exists regarding the exact cause of this collapse, the story of Easter Island has unsettling parallels with modern resource issues.


Earth First’s Fight to Save the Redwoods

In 1990, Earth First! and the International Workers of the World initiated Redwood Summer in northern California to fight for old-growth redwood trees slated for logging and for timber jobs.