“If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”
That’s the question posed by END:CIV, a crowd funded documentary being produced about Derrick Jensen’s book Endgame. Of course the alien invasion question should be rhetorical, but as you view the segments of the END:CIV film a case is compellingly made that our current tactics of encouraging green consumerism, energy efficiency, and peaceful protest will not be nearly enough to save the planet.
In this segment, the true value of the passive resistance movements led by Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are called into question, arguing that without a scarier resistance alongside them, these leaders wouldn’t have been successful.
And in this segment, the environmental activist movement is labeled as a product of the very system it seeks to criticize. At the end of the video Derrick Jensen states that “the only measure by which we’ll be judged by those who come after is the health of the land, and the health of the water – the health of the earth. They’re not going to give a shit as to whether we recycled, whether we wrote our legislators, or how hard we tried.” This is undoubtedly true. And it’s also true that today’s ruling society is not making enough environmental progress to predict a happy future for the planet. So if our approach is not working, and our planet is facing destruction, is it time to actually start fighting the aliens?
As the END:CIV film is constructed, stages are being released on the END:CIV website, encouraging people to contribute to fund it’s completion. It looks like money well spent.