Derrick Jensen is a radical environmentalist who likes to remind us that our word radical is derived from the Latin radicalis, which meant “of relating to a root”. Examining the roots of our global environmental crisis has been one of the tasks of the Deep Ecology movement and an inspiration for Deep Green Resistance. One of the key features of Derrick’s work has been to question the arrogance of modern industrial growth societies, in the way that they seek to foster anthropocentric (human-centered) values over those embodied in a biocentric world view. Derrick’s latest book, The Myth of Human Supremacy, is a brilliant critique of how human supremacism is both morally and intellectually indefensible…it is literally destroying Earth’s biosphere.
I’ve been impressed listening to the interviews on Derrick’s Resistance radio program. He’s had lively discussions with people like: Chris Hedges, Leah Lemieux, Morris Berman, Stephanie McMillan, Guy McPherson, Lierre Keith, George Wuerthner, Dahr Jamail, Henry Giroux, and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins. You can go to Derrick’s website to to find out more about his work.
Derrick is a prolific author whose books include: A Language Older than Words, Endgame, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet, The Culture of Make Believe, The Derick Jensen Reader, Resistance Against Empire, Walking on Water: Reading, Writing & Revolution, What We Leave Behind, Dreams, Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture & Eros, Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet, and How Shall I Live My Life? On Liberating the Earth from Civilization.
I’m looking forward to meeting Derrick for the Ecologistics Deep Ecology Collaboratory on October 21-23 and to hear him in conversation with other leading lights in the conservation movement. Please join us as we seek to energize community activism and fashion innovative solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.