Green is the New Red

Will Potter

I was lucky enough to see Will Potter speak as part of the Voiceless lecture series in 2014, and thus I have a signed copy of this import book.  

Throughout its pages, he sets out how the environmental and animal rights movements have been demonised by a capitalist, political and social world that sees them as a threat to their continued profitable existence.

I'm reminded very much of a quote I remember after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, when an ex-member of the government said: "We weren't spending most of our time looking at terrorists, we were looking at political targets, Amnesty International, Greenpeace etc".  People who can't tell the difference between a terrorist and someone trying to save a tree, are putting us all at risk.  Politicians who call people who are trying to save the environment "terrorists" are making us all less safe by taking focus and resources from people who would want to do us all harm.

There has also been the continued creep of counter-terrorism legislation that gets used in the end not for it's intended purpose, but for political ends.  It's highly likely this was the intent all along, so we must all be on alert for this eroding of our political freedoms.

This is an excellent book and an important subject.

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