Earth First! 10, no. 2

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Earth First! Fist, Volume Ten

Davis, John, et al., eds., Earth First! 10, no. 2 (21 December 1989). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

In this issue of Earth First! Jasper Carlton analyzes forest destruction and woodland caribou. In addition, Tom Skeele gives an update from EF!’s latest national wolf recovery action; Keith J. Hammer discusses grizzly bears, politics, and death; and Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke discuss a chapter on the destruction of wilderness from Foreman’s book The Big Outside.

To ask the question, “Why do we destroy wilderness?” is to grapple with the fundamental problem of our species. The profound questions with which philosophers have danced since the Athenian Academy, “What is Beauty? What is Truth? Who are we? Where are we going? What is the purpose of life? What is the Nature of Man?” are subsumed by that of human destruction of the wild. It is the keystone to understanding our alienation from Nature, which is the central problem of Civilization.

— Dave Foreman         

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Further readings: 
  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. New York: Lippincott, 1975.
  • Foreman, Dave, and Howie Wolke. The Big Outside: A Descriptive Inventory of the Big Wilderness Areas of the United States. New York: Harmony Books, 1992.
  • Foreman, Dave. Confessions of an Eco-Warrior. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.
  • Manes, Christopher. Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.
  • Merchant, Carolyn. Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World. London: Routledge, 1992.
  • Taylor, Bron. “Earth First!’s Religious Radicalism.” In Ecological Prospects: Scientific, Religious, and Aesthetic Perspectives, edited by Christopher Key Chapple, 185-209. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
  • Wall, Derek. Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement: Radical Environmentalism and Comparative Social Movements. Oxon: Routledge Chapman & Hall, 1999.