Radical green is good

Posted: Friday, September 07, 2001

"Lie, exaggerate, divide, confuse ... ?" Initially, David Werner's "Radical Green Rally Cry" led me to believe he was describing the Bush administration or international U.S. policy in general. Incredibly, Mr. Werner was describing "the save-the-environment movement."

It is outrageous that conservatives and business groups continue to blame economic hardship on the environmental movement, precisely as environmentalists work dearly to protect the life, liberty and property Americans hold so dear. Business interests and modern science brazenly forfeit life and liberty based on justifications for material property, profit and "the right to develop." And contrary to almighty man's sense of entitlement and tyranny over earth, there is nothing predestined about overdeveloping our natural landscape for profit, for convenience, for a new tool or toy, or "because we can." Before we build a road, another mine or surrender subsistence rights to business moguls and our President-self-elect, consider the broader implications of such a backwards perspective.

Since his dubious election, President Bush has announced a renewed commitment to finite energy sources and deforestation; he recently announced the American withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol, an important international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, of which the U.S. is a foremost producer. Bush has rejected new restrictions introduced in Europe to label all genetically modified foods (GMO's) because it "could cost U.S. companies $4 billion a year." No wonder Americans have an abominable reputation abroad: We represent selfish, irresponsible, exclusive business interests. To top it all off, the Bush administration has threatened Europe with "punitive action" suddenly, our own president is a national security risk! Why shouldn't companies label and inform the international market of products that are far from safe or understood? And what material right have they to manipulate our food chain for profit, in the first place? Capitalist, material and militaristic economies are presently exhausting themselves. And we cannot pin this failure on environmentalists.

For the record, "the save-the-forest movement" is as much an ancient biblical movement as it is a feminist one. It is simply, the reclamation of the Garden. Before we accept that business, science and technology can save our planet, let's recognize how business, science and technology weaken the planet. And that's in everybody's interest!

Chris Joy


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