Na­ture’s en­emy

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“Most of us are naive about the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment. We be­lieve that when eco-rad­i­cals say we should ‘pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment,’ they mean we should pro­tect it for peo­ple. What they re­ally mean is that we should pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment against peo­ple. Peo­ple are the en­emy. [. . .]

“To con­firm this, just watch na­ture pro­grams on pub­lic television. In ev­ery pro­gram I’ve seen, hu­man be­ings are de­picted as the en­emy. Th­ese pro­grams por­tray hu­mans as vi­cious, vi­o­lent de­stroy­ers of birds, wildlife, forests, rivers and oceans. Na­ture is seen as ‘pure,’ ‘frag­ile’ and ‘in­no­cent’ (in­clud­ing child-eat­ing hye­nas and al­li­ga­tors). En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists or their sym­pa­thiz­ers cre­ate th­ese pro­grams, so the pro­grams re­flect the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment’s deep­est at­ti­tudes to­ward the hu­man race. [. . .]

“Here’s what one en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist had to say about log­gers los­ing their jobs: ‘Log­gers los­ing their jobs be­cause of Spot­ted Owl leg­is­la­tion is, in my eyes, no dif­fer­ent than peo­ple be­ing out of work af­ter the fur­naces of Dachau shut down.’ ”

Joel Tur­tel, writ­ing on “The Eco-Rad­i­cals’ Real Mo­tives,” May 4 at the­con­ser­va­

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