Monday, June 11, 2007

Turtle Island

Turtle Island

I'm partial to tortoises, having had a desert tortoise found crossing the road near a bean field for 40 years. They cant be returned to the desert, they have some kindof contagious sinus condition acquired from city life.

I read Gary Snyder's "Turtle Island" a while ago, and he's a famous Sierra writer. I suppose I could do a review of his poems...but for this post it's just the notion of Turtle Island I'm after. Native Americans came up with the name Turtle Island for their land. Snyder I find tonight extended this to all of North America...I've forgotten what all I read in the book.

America is a fine name and I don't see the point of changing it to get at a different ethos with regard to the environment which is what something called Deep Ecology is about (curiously in JFK lore there is the notion of Deep work we have something called Deep Cleaning!!) Anyway, anyway, here's a Snyder quote:

Snyder himself wrote:
Buddhist teachings go on to say that the true source of compassion and ethical behavior is paradoxically none other than one's own realization of the insubstantial and ephemeral nature of everything. Much of animism and paganism celebrate the actual, in its inevitable pain and death, and offer no utopian hopes. Add to this contemporary ecosystem theory, and environmental history, and you get a sense of what's at work. One recent philosophical outcome is "Deep Ecology" which informs the work of the Wild Lands Project [sic], among others. (Snyder, 1995, Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Sessions, ed.)

So I looked up Deep Ecology and read Wiki's bit which has the story of the originator, a Norwegian...


The phrase deep ecology was coined by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss in 1973,[1] and he helped give it a theoretical foundation.

Now, Arne Naes got his start with a protest...


Næss cited Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring as being a key influence in his vision of deep ecology. Næss also engaged in direct action. In 1970, together with a large number of demonstrators, he chained himself to rocks in front of Mardalsfossen a waterfall in a Norwegian fjord and refused to descend until plans to build a dam were dropped


I found this waterfall protest charming, and wrote a poem which I posted in "Second Arrow".

All these environmental groups, all of them, are elitists, there's very little grass roots common man in them. Oh sure, everyone is invited to join them, but the general populace has as much chance of genuinely participating as an average journalist does of influencing the editors of network news shows. This to say these groups have their talking heads too, Snyder famously being one.

America is famous for making groups, joining together over special interests...maybe that's where I go next...Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon!
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