They call themselves Deep Green Resistance Vancouver. They're a group of local environmental activists calling "for militant action - including sabotage - to defend the environment."
Although they emphasize that as an aboveground organization they’ll
only engage in nonviolent actions, one of the group’s stated objectives
is to “shift public opinion toward supporting an underground resistance
that exists or may come to exist”.
“It was born out of necessity,”
Jason Doherty said about the concept of “deep green resistance” during a
phone interview with the Straight. “A lot of environmental
groups play a vital role in protecting the environment. However, if you
look back at the track record of these organizations, you’ll find that a
majority of them are dealing with a fairly dismal track record in terms
of the actual destruction that they’ve prevented.”
Joe Foy has been involved in the Canadian environmental movement
since the mid ’80s, and the national campaign director of the
Vancouver-based Wilderness Committee is familiar with the thinking
behind direct action.
“I understand the philosophy and, certainly,
when one looks at the loss of species, the decline of the oceans, the
destruction of farmland, and especially the changing climate, an
argument can be made that environmental protection would necessitate
actions that may damage equipment or put people at risk,” Foy told the Straight
in a phone interview. “I disagree with that. I think that if we are
trying to build a society worth having, we should maintain the peaceful
and respectful society that we have here in Canada and try to improve on
it, not go the other way and create a society where decisions are made
by who can wreak the most damage on the other. I reject that notion.”
according to Daniel Whittingstall, an organizer with Deep Green
Resistance Vancouver, the mainstream environmental movement has “only
put a Band-Aid” over the deteriorating health of the planet.
It's not difficult to grasp the frustration that fuels the Deep Green movement but it can only play straight into the hands of unprincipled charlatans like Harper and Oliver who will hold them up as proof that those who oppose their bitumen scam are eco-terrorists.
The time to act will arrive plenty soon enough and that will be a time for truly large-scale but non-violent civil disobedience. As plenty of native and non-natives alike have shown in British Columbia and elsewhere, we can close roads, we can stop trains from running, we can stop ferries from sailing. We can keep trucks from rolling, excavators from digging. We can shut the whole damned thing down and make Harper be the one to resort to violent confrontation. Even then there'll be nothing to lose and much to gain if we refuse to respond in kind.