Deep Green Resistance: Interview with an eco-terrorist

(The interviewer is called ‘Time is Short’)

Time is Short: Can you give a brief description of what it was you did?

Michael Carter: The significant actions were tree spiking—where nails are driven into trees and the timber company warned against cutting them—and sabotaging of road building machinery. We cut down plenty of billboards too, and this got most of the media attention. We did this for about two years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, about twenty actions. My brother Sean was also indicted. The FBI tried to round up a larger conspiracy, but that didn’t stick.

TS: How did you approach those actions? What was the context?

MC: We didn’t know a lot about environmental issues or political resistance, so we didn’t have much understanding of context. We had an instinctive dislike of clear cuts, and we had the book The Monkey Wrench Gang. Other people were monkeywrenching, that is, sabotaging industry to protect wilderness, so we had some vague ideas about tactics but no manual, no concrete theory. We knew what Earth First! was, although we weren’t members. It was a conspiracy only in the remotest sense. We had little strategy and the actions were impetuous. If we’d been robbing banks instead, we’d have been shot in the act.

Nor did we really understand how bad the problem was. We thought that deforestation was damaging to the land, but we didn’t get the depth of its implications and we didn’t link it to other atrocities. We just thought that we were on the extreme edge of the marginal issue of forestry. This was before many were talking about global warming or ocean acidification or mass extinction. It all seemed much less severe than now, and of course it was…


Hey, CSIS, you might want to keep an eye on this guys as well.  They are openly admitting to sabotage.  This man is an American but the movement exists in Canada too.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The “deep green” feminists are also the ones that want to exterminate all males.
    Yes, you read that right.
    All of these people are nuts and most of them are potential killers, if they see it as beneficial for their cause.

  • Spikes in trees are manslaughter to say the least. Once a chainsaw comes in contact with one, it will likely kill the lumberjack.

    View anyone who does such a thing as a killer.

  • Xavier

    We used to build golf courses, and there are few things that piss off a treehugger more than 18 holes on Indian burial ground that’s also a bald eagle nesting site. We used to find Earth First! bumper stickers on the equipment but they never had the balls to do any damage. If they had, we were young enough and crazy enough to have camped out with a few bottles of courage and caught them.

    By the way, we run a sawmill and are very careful about any type of metal, like spikes, nails, or even barb wire fencing. The saw blade is a band and if it breaks while running it can go through you like a hot knife through butter.

  • canminuteman

    Humans have been doing agriculture for ten thousand years. How long a track record do we need for these wack jobs to consider it sustainable?

    • Frau Katze

      Well, if they’re prepared to accept, say 90% of the population starving, they might get their supposed utopia. They’d have to give up a lot, such as modern medicine and having most people in generally good health.

      They’re crazy!

      • Xavier

        They think a medicine shortage won’t apply to them, just like them not paying for Obamacare.

      • Surele Surele

        They do not realize that this would kill them first, as they do not have any survival skills or trade. And, in most cases never held real job.They are just basement worriers, who from time to time venture outside to screw somebody else’s life.