Human Supremacism, Language, Rights of Nature, Sustainability, Transition

Language: “Our”

When you hear someone say “our flag,” “our country” or “our national bird,” the “our” obviously means the USA. How about “our seniors,” “our children” or “our diversity?” The “our” in these phrases depends on context. It could refer to the US, or if you are at a local meeting or hearing–or reading your local paper–it might refer to your…

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Climate Change, Extinction Crisis, Food, Grazing, Human Supremacism, Oaks, Restoration, Sustainability, Transition, Water

Soil-Not-Oil Conference Presentation

Script from Brien’s presentation, “Subsistoration and the Sanctity of Life” at the Soil Not Oil International Conference, Richmond, CA August 5, 2016 Thank you all for being here. First I want to acknowledge that this building and this city are built on land stolen from the Chochenyo, a human culture that lived here for thousands of years. I’m profoundly grateful…

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Civilization, Human Supremacism, Language, Rights of Nature, Sustainability

Language: “Resources”

While I sometimes use the term “natural resources” because it is what everyone understands, I’d prefer not to ever use it because the beliefs that created the concept are rooted in exploitation and extraction, which are the foundation of capitalism. Life itself is perceived a commodity for the economically powerful to exploit. Capitalism is about converting life and land (I…

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