I just rediscovered this excellent book by Laurent Larcher in in French, (The Hidden Face of Ecology) which in 2004 had denounced the ‘bright future of contemporary environmentalism” which proposes the end of anthropocentrism, the end of human sovereignty over nature by extending the rights of humans to animals and even trees. Probably a good way to deal with the media and political arena or even get grants.
Though we are not always aware of it, ecology has become, in many domains, the ultimate criteria used to judge the merit of an act. How did ‘green’ ideology acquire such authority, to the extent of accusing long-established humanism of putting the future of the planet in danger? In the generally acceptable discourse on environment, harmony and the osmosis between man and nature, we can detect a reaction against the alarming state of our world. But the dream of reconciliation in the biosphere essentially expresses the nostalgia of a golden age when the noble savage and bountiful nature coexisted. It follows that the adversary is civilised man: man who takes precedence over nature and governs it. Because it has always given the human being prime of place, Christianity is accused of being the Earth’s worst enemy. Providing many examples – the great apes of Africa, ecology’s militant networks, the baby seals, the anti-vivisection commandos, the pro-bear lobby in the Pyrenees, the doctrines of the green parties’ leaders, – Laurent Larcher decodes the influence chlorophyll terrorism exercises on our minds.