Derrick Jensen

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Derrick Jensen
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BornNebraska, United States[1]
  • Writer
  • Author
  • Activist
Alma mater

Derrick Jensen is an American ecophilosopher, writer, author, teacher and environmentalist in the anarcho-primitivist tradition.[2][3] Utne Reader named Jensen among "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World" in 2008.[4] Democracy Now! has referred to him as "the poet-philosopher of the ecology movement".[5]

Lierre Keith (left) and Jensen (right) with Deep Green Resistance at Occupy Oakland in 2011

Jensen is a critic of the environmental movement's focus on preserving civilization and technology over preserving the natural world.[6] He specifically challenges the lifestyle changes and individualistic solutions advocated by mainstream environmentalism, considering them inadequate to the scale of global environmental catastrophe.[7] Instead, he promotes civil disobedience, radical activism, and dismantling infrastructure on a massive level in order to halt what he has called "the murder of the planet".[6]

Along with some other radical environmentalist activists, Jensen corresponded with Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, after his arrest. They fell out because Kaczynski felt that Jensen and other radical environmentalists were too dedicated to leftist causes that Kaczynski found irrelevant.[8]

Jensen is a founder and leader within Deep Green Resistance; his and the organization's belief that women-only spaces should exclude trans women has been the subject of controversy.[9][6]

Jensen lives in Crescent City, California.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cejnar, Jessica (March 4, 2016). "Prolific author calls Crescent City home". Del Norte Triplicate.
  2. ^ Sean Esbjörn-Hargens; Michael E. Zimmerman (2009). Integral ecology: Uniting multiple perspectives on the natural world. p. 492. Anarcho-primitivists ... See ... Derrick Jensen's recent two-volume End-Game
  3. ^ Bob Torres (2007). Making a killing: the political economy of animal rights. p. 68. Despite the problems and flaws with anarcho-primitivist thinking like Jensen's ...
  4. ^ "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World". October 13, 2008. Archived from the original on August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Jensen, Derrick (November 26, 2010). "Author and Activist Derrick Jensen: "The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet ... It's Very Important for Us to Start to Build a Culture of Resistance"". Democracy Now! (Interview). Interviewed by Amy Goodman.
  6. ^ a b c Holzman, Jael (2022). "How a Fight over Transgender Rights Derailed Environmentalists in Nevada". Politico. Politico LLC.
  7. ^ Kateman, Brian (2022). "To Save The Planet, We Need Systemic Change—But Your Individual Choices Still Matter". Forbes.
  8. ^ Fleming, Sean (2022). "The Unabomber and the origins of anti-tech radicalism". Journal of Political Ideologies. 27 (2): 207–225. doi:10.1080/13569317.2021.1921940. S2CID 236599877.
  9. ^ Camilla Mortensen (March 8, 2018). "Controversial Speaker Sparks Outcry". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved July 19, 2022.

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