Putting Out the Fires in the Amazon

October 03, 2019

The Amazon is still burning. This isn’t new. The people who live there know that fires are set in the Amazon rainforest all the time. Tens of thousands of fires are set in the Brazilian Amazon every year and have been for decades. But the scale is unprecedented this year, and the secret is...

As the Amazon Burns, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

September 05, 2019

The Amazon is burning. This is what the end of the world looks like. Oh, and there’ll be more forests burn, more forests felled by chainsaws, more wetlands drained, more rivers dammed, more grasslands plowed, oceans further toxified and emptied of fish. And each of these is what the end of...

Sustainable Development is a Lie

November 19, 2015

The term “development” is just colonialism applied to the natural world, says Derrick Jensen. “Sustainable development” is a claim to virtue. The word “development” used in this sense is a lie. The word “develop” means “to grow,” “to progress,” “to become fuller,...

At Risk: Brazil’s “Most Important Barrier to Amazon Deforestation”

September 03, 2013

A proposed amendment to Brazil's constitution threatens forests and indigenous rights. On April 16, 2013, the chanting of hundreds of citizens and the rattling of maracas flooded the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Brazilian National Congress. Traditionally dressed members of 70...