ALARM no. 8

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Earth First! Movement Writings

ALARM no. 8

The ALARM began in 1991 as a revolutionary ecological news quarterly published by Earth First! groups active in the northeastern United States, emphasizing news and direct actions significant to regional and indigneous groups. The local Earth First! group Biodiversity Liberation Front EF! was its original publisher; issue 3 was the first issue to be broadly circulated. The local group Big River EF! published issue 10, and Mass EF! published issue 11. The Eastern North American Native Forest Network took over its annual publication with issue 12.

Allen, Garth, Andy Buckley, Spring Fern, Orin Langelle, Anne Petermann, and JR Terrierist, eds., ALARM no. 8 (September 1993). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

In this issue of the ALARM includes a report on a Native Forest Network (NFN) activist’s arrest for protesting the destruction of roadless areas by the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho; a report of environmental devastation resulting from international initiatives such as toxic waste trade in Somalia; local news of a golf course threatening to expand into sacred Mohawk burial grounds; and a report on the economic development standoff of the Paugeesukq Nation and the state of Connecticut. Fiery Virus continues the argument against biotechnology from the previous issue. Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann present a thorough investigation of the situation in James and Hudson Bay, Northern Quebec, where people fight against Hydro-Quebec:

The thing you have to understand is that Quebec is a very nationalist place. Their culture is very important to them. H-Q is seen as a part of that culture. They subsidize the arts and culture all over. Whenever there is a threat, they do that. They gave grant money to Dartmouth the day before [Dartmouth] divested. They provide all kinds of subcontracting. They are a very important force in Quebec. So when you attack H-Q you are not only attacking people’s jobs, you are attacking their culture. It’s the same as if someone from Quebec burned an American flag.

—Louis Egurian

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Further readings: 
  • Bari, Judi. Revolutionary Ecology: Biocentrism & Deep Ecology. Melville: Trees Foundation, 1998.
  • Lee, Martha. Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
  • Merchant, Carolyn. Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World. London: Routledge, 1992.
  • Mies, Maria, and Vandana Shiva. Ecofeminism. London: Zed Books, 1993.