The concept of radical environmentalism continues to be an unknown term for many. It is about the actions carried out by a hipster ecology, following the policies of a conservationist ecology and with a tendency to ecocentrism (a tendency that defends that thoughts and actions should focus on the environment, above all things). But it is sometimes used as a basis for ecoterrorism.
In this Green Ecologist article, we reveal what is radical environmentalism and we explain some examples of organizations and associations that act within this type of environmentalism.
Radical environmentalism It brings with it direct action practices and organizations that encourage these types of activities in groups interested in this kind of ecology. Among these activities are community proposals What:
In certain cases, radical environmentalism also proposes sustainable development through self-managing frames. The following trends can be found in radical environmentalism:
Many international action organizations They are framed within radical environmentalism. Some of the best known organizations of this type are the following:
Surely some of them you already know. But, below, we explain some details of each one of them so that you can better know what each one is about, its characteristics, objectives and actions.
This organization was founded in 1977 by Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson, also co-founder of Greenpeace, but he was expelled due to his too aggressive techniques that he used against the Soviet whalers. The Sea Shepard Conservation Society It turns out to be very radical when it comes to carrying out its activist demands. An example is its use of bottles filled with butyric acid (a substance that smells bad and causes irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract) to fight against workers due to contamination of processed meat, for this reason some governments such as Japan, Canada , or even another organization like Greenpeace, have described them as terrorists, pirates or agitators. In addition, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has accused governments such as Japan or Canada and organizations such as Greenpeace as mediocre pacifists that do not take concrete measures and of direct action in the fight against the abuse of the oceans by the human being.
Currently, they are campaigning against whaling in Japan, seal hunting in Canada, shark hunting financed by the Chinese and Japanese governments or the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.
It's about the largest international organization for the preservation of animal rights and freedoms. This organization promotes a vegetarian diet, the rejection of any type of animal abuse, speciesism and any type of animal exploitation. The organization has about two and a half million members and is based in the United States.
An example of the type of actions they take is the one we see in the image below, in which we can see a peaceful act in protest the use of fur of animals for fashion.
In Spanish, Animal Liberation Front. They promote animal liberation through direct acts and civil disobedience. Their actions include carrying out sabotage, carrying out fires with incendiary devices and bombs, carrying out liberations and other techniques such as, for example, sending letter bombs.
The group is organized into cells, but without any type of bosses or leaders, rather they are independent cells and everyone who meets the organization's guidelines can take part. The ALF organization is considered by the FBI as a dangerous group of the so-called domestic terrorism and ecoterrorism.
The purpose of this organization is not to physically harm animal exploiters, but to avoid economic profit of those who exercise animal exploitation. Another organization related to this is the ELF (Earth Liberation Front or Land Liberation Front) which fights for the defense of the environment and the Earth, such as the conservation of forests or the fight against industrialization, through violent actions.
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