Out of Civilitopia

Women gathering murnong and other food, as sketched by squatter Henry Godfrey, on November 1, 1843. Drawing from the artist’s sketchbook, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria. The nutshell story of civilization begins with an evolutionary adaptation based on humans’ advanced intelligence setting them apart from other animals. Civilized humans see, experience and […]

clear the air, and the water

Reading Bellamy Fitzpatrick’s opening essay in the premier issue of Backwoods: A Journal of Anarchy and Wortcunning, I started falling in love with Backwoods even though it aims fusing anti-civ theory with the suspect practice of permaculture. Bellamy laid out the foundational philosophy beautifully. Then on to the permaculture essays and the predictable happened. Permaculture’s […]

Tracking the Belted King Fisher

Originally posted on REWILD:
? How is it that I keep meeting up with him, the belted king fisher, always perched just above the lingering ravine creek that runs into the wetland, across the beach and spills into the salty Sound? Since last summer I visit him, watch him eying the rushing water surface, occasionally…

Rewilders v Restorers

Originally posted on REWILD:
biscuit root As humans adapted into a colonizing invasive species, they phased out the wild of slowly co-adapting in mutualistic bioregions. They replaced the way of wild with a domesticating flurry of breeding and shuffling species about at whim. Humans domesticating themselves and certain others required relinquishing reciprocal relations, losing interconnected organic lifeways ubiquitous since hominid…

Carnist logic is oft applied with bias.

For example, it screeches how ethical consumer veganism is a self-deceptive construct of civilization. Yet it promotes buying from small, local, humane farms, or modern humans doing gardening or permaculture or inventing food forests, with excusing regard for those schemes’ modern human impact. Some of these promotions rely on growing and harvesting human bred animals, […]

Dog Versus Wildlife

c1894 Hunting Bird Dog Chasing Rabbit Endeavors to restore urban forests have opened my eyes to Earth’s ultimatum of the day – domesticated or wild– as shown in this case, domesticated dogs vs wildlife. Urban natural spaces are mostly seen as places for dogs to be wild and free. But focusing on the true wild […]

Rogue Primate Lives On

Rogue Primate Lives On Radio news is interrupted with a series of beeps warning of quick-coming stormy weather. I drop everything and look out the window skyward. In a minute, I’m garbed up in rain gear. The door slams itself behind my rush. This is the moment I’ve been planning; still a naturalness guides what’s […]