"Any social system based on the use of nonrenewable resources is by definition unsustainable.
And any culture based on the nonrenewable use of renewable resources is just as unsustainable”
~ Derrick Jensen
Nonrenewable means: it will eventually run out.
Trees are renewable. But if we use them faster than they can grow, the forest will turn to desert. Which is precisely what civilization has been doing for its 10,000 year campaign, running through soil, rivers, and forests as well as metal, coal. and oil. Now the oceans are almost dead and their plankton populations are collapsing, populations that both feed the life of the oceans and create oxygen for the planet. What will we fill our lungs with when they are gone? The plastics with which industrial civilization is replacing them?
In parts of the Pacific, plastic outweighs plankton 48 to 1. Imagine if it were your blood, your heart, crammed with toxic materials–not just chemicals, but physical gunk–until there was ten times more of it than you. What metaphor is adequate for the dying plankton? Cancer? Suffocation? Crucifixion?
But the oceans don’t need our metaphors. They need action. They need industrial civilization to stop destroying and devouring. In other words, they need us to make it stop.
Indigenous peoples, who have been the victims of cultural genocide and land & water grabbing since 1492 don’t need our metaphors. They need our solidarity. They need us to make the industrial death machine stop. Non-indigenous people are occupying stolen land in an ongoing genocide that has lasted for centuries.
Which is why we are organizing to resist. We are organizing to sabotage the machine of the culture of apathy.
Read our Indigenous Solidarity Guidelines here: http://ift.tt/1qJk7lb
Image: Winona La Duke http://ift.tt/1uBn05X