“Sustainable development” is a claim to virtue. The word “development” used in this sense is a lie. The word “develop” means “to grow,” “to progress,” “to become fuller, more advanced.” Some synonyms are “evolution, unfolding, maturation, ripeness,” and some antonyms are “deterioration, disintegration.” And here is a real usage example from a dictionary: “Drama reached its highest development in the …
Derrick Jensen has become one of the nation’s leading voices of cultural and environmental dissent, who writes on how civilization is devastating the environment and the natural world, and our society’s denial of that fact. Utne Reader listed Derrick among the 50 visionaries changing the world. In sharp contrast to environmental optimists who believe working within the corporate system will offset the tenuous planetary balance threatened by climate change, Derrick has advocated for many years a “dismantling of civilization” which can include radical dissent as well as imparting wisdom to our children.
Derrick has written many books, his most recent being “The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution” and “Earth At Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet.” He also hosts a weekly radio program, Resistance Radio, on the Progressive Radio Network every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm Eastern time. His website is www.DerrickJensen.org
Julie Bindel is a journalist, broadcaster, author and feminist campaigner living in London. She writes for the Guardian, New Statesman, Standpoint Magazine, The Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph, reporting on culture, music, food, film and sexual and gender identity. She is co-founder of Justice for Women, a feminist campaigning organisation, that supports and advocates for women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners. Julie has worked extensively on research concerning domestic violence, prostitution and sex trafficking.
Carolyn and Derrick Jensen discuss his book “Dreams,” culture, spirituality, and so much more.
Dr. Tommy Michot was born and raised in south Louisiana. He is of Acadian descent, and hence is a “Cajun.” He worked for 30 years as a research biologist and pilot for the US Department of the Interior, and is now on the graduate faculty at the University of Louisiana, where he serves as a Research Scientist for the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering. He has spent his career studying wetland flora and fauna, primarily in the coastal marshes of Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico coast from Florida to Texas and Mexico, and the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and Honduras.
Thomas Linzey is the executive director and an attorney for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has assisted close to 200 communities across the country in eight states to adopt binding local laws that elevate community rights to sustainability over corporate rights and powers.
We are honored to interview Derrick Jensen this week. Jensen has been hailed as the “poet-philosopher of the ecological movement” by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. His scholarly efforts have produced Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older than Words, and nearly two dozen other books.
Plus at least two new Breaking Hopium segments and a climate update!
Norma Ramos is a long-standing social justice attorney who self-defines as an eco-feminist. She links world-wide inequality of women to the destruction of the environment. She has received many awards in recognition of her work against human trafficking.
Rachel Smolker is a codirector of Biofuelwatch, and works with the Global Forest Coalition and the Campaign To Stop GE Trees. She has researched, written and organized on the impacts of biofuels, bioenergy and biochar on land use, forests, biodiversity, food, people and the climate. She has a Ph.D. in ecology/biology. She is author of “To Touch a Wild Dolphin.”
Dr. Sherri Mason, who goes by Sam, became obsessed with the impacts of humans on the environment when at the age of 11 she watched a very poignant Different Strokes episode in which Kimberly’s hair turned green after washing it with acid rain. While not scientifically accurate, this episode made an impact and set Dr. Mason’s path as an environmental …