This week, we interrupt our stream of dispatches from inside the climate emergency to commemorate those killed in the entirely unnecessary bombings of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).
ATOMIC BOMB DOME IN 2021
A-bomb blast center
no human shadows at all
the winter full moon
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“My God, what have we done?”
—Enola Gay co-pilot, Robert Lewis
FIRESTORM PAINTING BY SURVIVOR
“This is the greatest thing in history.”
— U.S. President Harry Truman
Now comes entomologist Diana Six, speaking her truth from the front lines of climate emergency:
Five years after water protector Berta Cácere’s brutal murder, Honduran courts have finally brought a degree of justice in convicting the alleged “mastermind” behind the plot, Roberto David Castillo Mejía, military intelligence officer and former general manager and president of the Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA) hydroelectric company.
“This historic ruling takes on even greater importance because it highlights the value of the defence of nature and the rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities. It is a landmark ruling that exposes through the courts the responsibility of companies, not only of their devastating role in the destruction of vital resources, but also in the persecution and elimination of people and organisations that oppose their destructive greed. The ruling highlights the strength of unity and struggle in the demand for truth and justice; a struggle that had as great protagonists the courage and dignity of her family, of COPINH, of all the people who gave themselves to this cause of humanity. I join in the joy that Berta vindicated, the joy of victories. This is a victory with the taste of a feat, because achieving truth and justice in the courts that have historically favoured the crimes of power is a feat. This victory is transcendental, but it does not mean the end of the road in the fight against impunity for the assassination of our comrade Berta“, said Reynaldo Villalba, Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights.
In memory of Berta’s fearless Lenca spirit, we relay links and writings from an earlier DP:
BERTA CÁCERES, SHAKER OF THE HUMAN CONSCIENCE
From her speech in acceptance of the Goldman Prize, the year before she was murdered:
And finally, a video of the entire speech: Berta Cáceres, presente!
In an editorial opening the recent “animals” issue of The Ecological Citizen, Eileen Crist underscores the heavy price we pay when we obscure our animal selves, and abuse our animal kin. We cannot address climate emergency without confronting the dominant ethos of human supremacism, and its dense understory of “petty mind-games.” Excerpts below, with images added by DP.
The exceptional (thereby unheeded) chronicler of climate emergency Dahr Jamail, by way of a positive NYT review, brought Nathaniel Rich’s recently published Second Nature to our attention.
An excerpt below, with images by Ana Mendieta.
Let us offer Diane Ackerman, writing in The Human Age, the closing words:
Now comes Christof Mauch, director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, with excerpts from an essay that sketches the outline of his 2019 booklet, Slow Hope: Rethinking Ecologies of Crisis and Fear.
Images are from a related exhibition by artist Mandy Martin.
This week, we serve to relay and amplify excerpts and images from the manifesto of an intermedia art movement identifying as Extraction, being a collective global exclamation: ENOUGH!
“Everyone can be both creator and catalyst. At a time of growing despair and paralysis, people from all backgrounds and levels of experience—from the amateur to the virtuoso—can take action. We invite everyone to join us in creating an international art ruckus.”
Now comes Jennifer Lucy Allan with an excerpt from her recently published book, Foghorn’s Lament, brought to our attention by a DP correspondent.
The images are self-explanatory, the second linking to a video documenting the “true aural obliteration” of the horn. Given the apparent impenetrability of our cognitive, emotional & spiritual fog in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, we offer this as an emblematic sound for our times.
Now comes documentary filmmaker Theo Antony via an interview regarding his most recent film, wherein he explores the micropolitics of police body cameras among other power dynamics within the dominant surveillance ethos, as well as the inherently slippery nature of all documentary evidence.
Excerpts from the interview below, with the second image linking to the “official” (whatever that means) trailer.