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Paul Kingsnorth

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist

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Fri 21 April 2017

Paul Kingsnorth

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist

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Fri 21 April 2017,

Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist, an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as environmentalists began to focus on ‘sustainability’ rather than the defence of wild places for their own sake and as global conditions worsened, he grew disenchanted with the movement that he once embraced. He gave up what he saw as the false hope that residents of the First World would ever make the kind of sacrifices that might avert the severe consequences of climate change.

Kingsnorth, novelist, commentator and co-founder of The Dark Mountain project, articulates a new vision that he calls ‘dark ecology’, which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds.

Image credit Claire McNamee.

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