Bright Green Lies is a book by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert.
It is great.
I’ve read a few books by Derrick over the years, and while I disagree with his take on some things, his critique of civilization is one of the best and deepest I have ever seen.
Lierre Keith wrote The Vegetarian Myth, a hugely influential book to me at a time in my life where I’d been vegan for 16 years and was suspecting I needed to stop doing so. As a vegan, I challenged myself to read the book. I read it, and then drank some raw milk.
Max I’d not heard of before, but am glad to have now.
I won’t look at the book to refresh my memory of the chapter titles, etc., but basically, this book goes over the facts of why solar power, wind power, and hydro power, will never power the industrial civilization we built using fossil fuel.
While some are concerned with saving civilization, these authors are more concerned with saving the planet, which strikes me as a better way to go, since without a healthy planet you cannot have healthy people. It’s not just that though, it’s not only about people. It’s about the grass, the fauns, the birds, the fish, the mountains, the micro-organisms, it’s about all life forms on this planet. Bottom line is it’s the right thing to do, to be concerned with all life, and not with keeping all of our luxury products and wasteful habits intact.
I do not know how many books I have read. 500? Not sure, but Bright Green Lies is one of the most important ones.
I advocate for this book to be taught in public high schools everywhere in America, where I live. Everywhere in the world, really.
Nothing (wo)man made is perfect, but this is one hell of a book.