Earth First! 7, no. 4

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Earth First! Fist, Volume Seven

Foreman, Dave, et al., eds., Earth First! 7, no. 4 (20 March 1987). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

In this issue of Earth First!, Chant Thomas writes about the “Return to Bald Mountain” and the “second battle of the North Kalmiopsis,” while Roger Featherstone gives an update on the fight against uranium mining at the Grand Canyon. In his editorial, Dave Foreman explains why internal criticism remains an important goal of the magazine.

Perhaps the most controversial thing Earth First! has done has been to provide a forum for the internal criticism of the environmental movement. We’ve been called divisive; others have asked why we need to attack other environmentalists when there are so many wilderness despoilers and polluters to rail against. I believe that any movement immune from criticism, especially from internal evaluation and analysis, will become uncreative, stodgy, bureaucratic, and undemocratic.

— 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.
  • Lee, Martha. Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
  • Manes, Christopher. Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.
  • 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.