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It Isn’t Easy to be an Environmental Activist

It's important to stay informed. It's important to understand all the arguments, the various concerns and positions.  Emotions can carry a devotee away from the truth so it's essential to always dig beneath the surface and understand the full story. We have all been told so many stories from the moment of our birth that by the time we are adults we are indoctrinated nearly beyond recovery but the open minded ones or the ones who are somehow rudely awakened start to see beyond the stories and in-between the lines in the stories. These stories are not the stories of humanity, they are the stories of our modern culture.

Most people enjoy Nature on their terms and usually leave it somehow worse than they found it. Thinking it belongs to them, that they own it and are practically required to dominate it and do whatever they want with it.

Then there are those people who believe Earth to be Gaia as described by James Lovelock in 1970s:

The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergisticself-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere, the maintenance of a hydrosphere of liquid water and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

To most environmentalists, the criticism that Earth is not network of interconnected ecosystems boggles the mind as it is so illogical.  This is not a story to be believed and even children can see the connections between living creatures that share this planet.

Environmental Activists pay attention to what’s going on because it’s their passion.  They are devotees to Mother Nature; hikers, bird watchers, gardeners, farmers, rangers, all sorts of people in all walks of life but not the norm in society.    So when they see what’s going on they get stirred up, they get upset proportional to the problem severity. They try to make sense of it and compare it to the stories they’ve been told, things that just don’t make sense anymore. They try to tell others.  They try to round up support because what they care about should be something others care about too for the sake of their clean water, the air we share, the food we eat, and on and on – but if an activist shows up at their normal day job with a soap box it is not supported.  It could even be a conflict of interest and get them fired.  It would take a devotee, indeed, to be willing to face those types of consequences.

The soapbox doesn’t work well at home or at family gatherings either.  Sometimes family can be the worst!  So it ends up being a matter of getting out, finding like minded people.  That could be easy or it could be impossible depending on where you live. Environmentalists in the Bible Belt, for example, seems somewhat more rare than in New England.  Having a community can be very valuable for venting all the painful discoveries that come with digging into environmental stories. It’s good for mental health to share  information and ideas. Sometimes you have to choose your families when your ideas need a home even if it is an online community.

As environmental problems grow worse and more people become activists they are considered a threat to corporations.  Monsanto cannot be thrilled that they are routinely named The Most Evil Corporation in the World and they have huge political power.  No doubt there was lobbyist contributions toward the formation of the following:

Eco-terrorism is a[1] term used to refer acts of violence committed in support of ecological or environmental causes, against persons or their property.[2][3]

Eco-terrorism is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property by an environmentally oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”[4] The FBI credited eco-terrorists with 200 million dollars in property damage between 2003 and 2008, and a majority of states within the USA have introduced laws aimed at eco-terrorism.[5]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-terrorism

This is the new story from the state.

Some references about those being arrested as EcoTerrorists:

Seems to me that most radical environmentalism is long gone and ecoterrorism is just another method to convict.  Last reference:

http://citizensvoice.com/news/radical-environmentalism-is-largely-gone-1.2031805

If you are an environmental activist looking for a community would love to hear from you.

 

 

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