Earlier this year, the Monday Eight O’Clock Buzz discussed the Ecomodernist Manifesto. The Ecomodernists believe that human technology, and nuclear power in particular, will enable humanity to divorce itself from nature, allowing us to live at high levels of consumption while reducing our ecological footprint. Today, we hear from as diametrically opposed a view as we could possibly find. The Dark Mountain Manifesto, written in 2009 by Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine, espouses a project of “uncivilization,” stating, in part, “We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling. We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling. All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history. We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.” Later on, the manifesto goes on to state, “Humans are not the point and purpose of the planet. Our art will begin with the attempt to step outside the human bubble. By careful attention, we will reengage with the non-human world.”
Paul Kingsnorth is a former correspondent for the Independent, former editor of the Ecologist, an environmental activist, novelist, poet and editorial director of the Dark Mountain project.