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Derrick Jensen
Born (1960-12-19) December 19, 1960 (age 63)
Nebraska, United States[1]
  • Writer
  • author
  • activist

Derrick Jensen (born December 19, 1960) is an American ecophilosopher, writer, author, teacher and environmentalist in the anarcho-primitivist tradition,[2][3] though he rejects the label "anarchist". Utne Reader named Jensen among "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World" in 2008,[4] and Democracy Now! says that he "has been called 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 mainstream environmental movement's focus on preserving civilization and technology over preserving the natural world.[6] He specifically challenges the lifestyle changes and individualistic solutions broadly advocated, considering them drastically inadequate to the global scale of 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]

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 led to accusations of transphobia.[8][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". derrickjensen.org. 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. ^ Camilla Mortensen (March 8, 2018). "Controversial Speaker Sparks Outcry". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved July 19, 2022.

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