Posted by: bkivey | 8 June 2010

EarthFirst! We’ll Log the Other Planets Later

I have never had much appreciation or sympathy for religious extremists, regardless of their beliefs, and make no mistake, the various sects of radical environmentalists are every bit the religious zealot as anyone bombing an abortion clinic or flying an airplane into a building. Implicitly or explicitly they all worship Gaia, and in a delicious bit of cognitive dissonance, most of them won’t admit and may be unaware that they are, in fact, religious extremists.

For folks who loudly and publically proclaim their “defense of Mother Earth” they sure are profligate with natural resources. Consider the following ‘direct actions’ from the last two years promulgated by the Earth Liberation Front, a splinter group of EarthFirst!:

  • March 3, 2008, Street of Dreams, Washington: ELF is the primary suspect for the intentional destruction, by using explosive devices, set fire to four multi-million dollar homes from the 2007 Seattle Street of Dreams in Woodinville, Washington, costing $7 million in damage
  • Tuesday the 25th to Friday the 28th of November 2008, Mexico City, Mexico: a group calling itself eco-anarquista por el ataque directo (Eco-anarchist cell for direct attack) claimed responsibility for a number of recent actions, including: half a dozen Molotov cocktails thrown at tren férreo (metro rail) in Mexico City, Incendiary sabotage against Telmex, a Molotov cocktail thrown at a Banamex ATM
  • January 29, 2009, Mexico City, Mexico: The Frente de Liberación de la Tierra (ELF) claimed responsibility for setting a fire within the College of Sciences and Humanities at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) along with setting fire to and destroying a construction crane.
  • March 22, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico: Frente de Liberación de la Tierra (ELF) set fire to construction equipment and broke windows of a local bank.
  • September 4, 2009, Everett, Washington: The ELF claims responsibility for the destruction of two broadcasting towers used by the local radio station KRKO.

Destroying property to advance the cause of  ‘saving the Earth’ is a prime example of not thinking about what you’re doing. Everything that was destroyed had to come from extraction, harvesting, and manufacturing processes, the transport, construction and installation required resources and no small amount of human labor. The destruction of the property rendered all of the resources used wasted. Replacing the destroyed property consumes additional resources, then there is the clean-up process, so the ‘direct action’ has consumed at least twice as many resources as if the activists had done nothing. This is not an effective way to send the message of resource conservation. 

Green zealotry is a case study in the immature leading the ignorant, or vice-versa, it’s hard to tell. These folks often cite greed as the reason people risk capital and resources to extract and harvest but the fact is with a global population closing in on 7 billion souls sitting on your butt and communing with nature is not a viable strategy for feeding, clothing, and housing a growing population. The mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is meaningless to the majority of the Earth’s population that scrapes by day to day. I would like any enviro-activist to explain to a subsistence farmer how the corn they grow will do more good in a gas tank than on the table.

Human beings are just as much a part of the ecosystem as the snail darter and the polar bear and have just as much right to exist. It has been my thinking that the green theocrats must, on some level, hate themselves. They externalize this self-loathing through religious rationalization and rather than improve the human condition they seem hell-bent on increasing misery. Perhaps they’re lonely. At any rate, it would be helpful if they would spend their considerable energy on making positive contributions rather than the opposite.

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