Earth First! Journal 17, no. 3

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Earth First! Fist, Volume 17

Kintz, Theresa, et al., eds., Earth First! Journal 17, no. 3 (2 February 1997). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

In this issue of Earth First! Journal Craig Beneville encourages Earth First!ers to find their inner wild in order to make a change for the planet. In addition, “Lock-on Liz” Ingham gives an update on the blockades against destruction of Australian old-growth tree ferns, and How Kuff tells a brief story on the history of the Forest Service. 

Note here that its (sic) wildness, not wilderness that is our salvation. Thoreau defined wild as the past-participle of to will; to be wild is to be self-willed. To be wild is to be autonomous. While I appreciate the contributions that conservation biology has made, I think it has sidetracked the environmental movement in a direction that is ultimately harmful. It’s not that conservation biology is bad, per se, but that it has diverted our attention from the fundamental issues we need to address if we are to heal our relationship to the planet.

— Craig Beneville

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Further readings: 
  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. New York: Lippincott, 1975.
  • Bari, Judi. Revolutionary Ecology: Biocentrism & Deep Ecology. Melville: Trees Foundation, 1998.
  • Foreman, Dave. Confessions of an Eco-Warrior. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.
  • Foreman, Dave. Ecodefence: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching. Tucson: A Ned Ludd Book, 1987.
  • 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.
  • 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.