Ecodefense Advocates “Monkeywrenching” (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching was published by Dave Foreman to establish guidelines for acts of sabotage employed in defense of the environment.
Summary of Event
Edward Abbey’s 1975 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang centers on the real-life damming of the Colorado River at Glen Canyon, but is otherwise a fictional account of a group of wilderness lovers turned radicals. Their attempts to preserve the wilderness by any means necessary includes disabling bulldozers, burning billboards, and blowing up Glen Canyon Dam. Dave Foreman, Mike Roselle, and Howie Wolke, among others, brought these characters to life by forming a monkeywrench gang of their own and calling themselves Earth First! In his foreword to Dave Foreman’s Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, Abbey likens monkeywrenching to a man defending his property against invasion, appropriation, and destruction. Both Abbey and Foreman argue that the American wilderness is undergoing a similar assault at the hands of ranchers, loggers, miners, oil drillers, and their supporting industries. Radical environmentalists have undertaken the task of defending the land against such assaults. Ecodefense is Foreman’s attempt to provide efficiency and safety guidelines for engaging in one particular method of defense, monkeywrenching.
As a Wilderness Society lobbyist in Washington, D.C., Foreman had...
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