Deep Green Resistance (DGR) is an environmental and social justice organization based on the book, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. The book identifies civilization, patriarchy, and capitalism as the brutal arrangements of power that need to be dismantled for the Earth to survive. Deep Green Resistance argues for a concerted, focused, and serious resistance movement that can stop the murder of the planet before it’s too late.
DGR is made up of writers, community organizers, janitors, parents, grocery clerks, musicians, feminists, teachers, farmers, dishwashers, artists, caregivers, laborers, and students. We come from varied back- grounds, but we have one goal: to defend this planet that is our only home. Our tactics include the full range of nonviolent. direct action techniques, including blockades, protests, and demonstrations. We are also committed to education and cultural work. That work is crucial as the future will demand strong local communities that embrace direct democracy, economies of support, universal human rights, and the rights of nature. As oppressive social and economic systems come down, we will have to build new cultures based on justice and a connection to the land.
We recognize, however, that the life of our planet is in crisis: another two hundred species went extinct today, while across the continent the summer’s heat is approaching hell. The dedicated work of aboveground organizers will not be enough, not in time. Our planet needs a separate but parallel underground organization, dedicated to resisting in ways that fall outside the bounds of legal challenges and civil disobedience.
As aboveground organizers, we don’t have any connection with an underground and we don’t want one. For the safety of all involved, a firewall must be maintained between above and belowground activists, with communication restricted to anonymous communiqués. Support can only be given in the realm of public opinion, but DGR believes in giving that support by arguing for the necessity of a serious, strategic, and coordinated underground.
To have any chance of success, our movement will need loyalty, material support, and most of all, courage. The word “courage” comes from the same root as coeur, the French word for heart. We need all the courage of which the human heart is capable, forged into both weapon and shield to defend what is left of Earth, our only home. And the lifeblood of courage is, of course, love.
We love Earth and we love life.
For Earth to survive, she needs your heart. The songbirds and the salmon need your heart too, no matter how weary, because even a broken heart is still made of love. They need your heart because they are disappearing, slipping into that longest night of extinction, and the resistance is nowhere in sight. We will have to build that resistance from whatever comes to hand: whispers and prayers, history and dreams, from our bravest words and braver actions. It will be hard, there will be a cost, and in too many implacable dawns it will seem impossible. But we will have to do it anyway. So gather your heart and join with every living being.
With love as our First Cause, how can we fail?