The Politics of Radical Environmentalism Earth First! The movement become heroic to some, infamous to others, by scaling and occupying foot tall old-growth trees to frustrate the plans of timber companies; and for "tree-spiking," hammering iron spikes into standing trees as a threat to the machinery of any mill that dared to process it. Written by Christopher Manes.
The film catches the flavor of heady possibility as the founders discuss their goals, their "deep ecology" philosophy, and their vision of a renewed wilderness legacy in America. The documentary has rare footage of ecoteurs plying their craft, something that later documentaries had difficulty obtaining due to the crackdown on Earth First! In contrast, the critics from the resource industry and the mainline environmental groups also get to have their say.
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Though there is no doubt whose side the film maker prefers, the film lets the viewer decide which vision of the future is more in line with American values. Intelligent, entertaining, and an historical treasure trove for those who want to understand the modern environmentalism movement. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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It was this ethical standpoint, combined with a view that democratic processes had broken down, weakened or were corrupted by corporate power and wealth, upon which Earth First! Soon, those drawn to the movement would put such convictions into practice, engaging in civil disobedience and sabotage as means to thwart environmentally destructive commercial enterprises and the governmental decisions that enabled them. And before long, business leaders, politicians, law enforcement authorities, and many others would rise up to attack these activists, labeling them terrorists and working ardently to suppress their movement.
The ensuing conflicts have been long, trenchant, wrenching, and sometimes violent. All were arrested, arraigned, and placed on probation with restraining orders issued against them. See Earth First!
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This article about the arrests of Australian Earth First! Soon after Earth First! While much has been written about this movement and its influence on environmental politics in the United States and other countries, there is no better way—apart from having been present when these activists gather to play, plot strategy, or protest—to get a visceral feel for the movement than by perusing the journal.