Julia Barnes Discusses Her New Documentary "Bright Green Lies"

Happy Earth Day!! The above picture looking into Glacier National Park was taken last year and is among some of my favorite pictures of the trip. 

I've mentioned the book Bright Green Lies several times and now that the movie documentary is out (today!), here is a discussion from filmmaker Julia Barnes on her new documentary. I really like how she points out the obvious hypocrisies within the environmental movement here, quote: 

"If people are genuinely interested in protecting the natural world in the environmental movement, a film that points out the harmful industries of things like 'renewables' shouldn't be considered divisive. It should just be something that is information that they're going to take in and that's going to affect the way that they look at these issues, and if someone, if their allegiance is to these technologies above life on the planet, then they were never really an environmentalist to begin with and their allegiance is NOT with the natural world. Then, I don't think we were ever part of the same movement and you know, just like your body has to be able to recognize the difference between your own cells and foreign things like viruses and bacteria, a movement has to be able to differentiate, we have to be able to recognize when we're being colonized and co-opted. We have to have measures to sort that out, so we need things like this; we need to know the information; we need to know if there are people coming into environmentalism and claiming that this industry that calls itself 'green' is going to save the world and if the reality is that there really isn't anything green about this industry, we need to be able to recognize that. We can't just, you know, believe everything that we're told about these things being 'emissions-free' and 'clean' and 'green' and whatever."

Later in the interview (around the 23:00 mark on the video), she brilliantly points out how all the so-called "green" technofixes do NOT actually solve any of society's predicaments - they are an attempt to continue industrial civilization, which actively DESTROYS life on this planet rather than preserving it. This is unfortunately the truth surrounding technology, and I wrote an article which goes into further detail regarding this scenario. To be quite frank and honest, I once was one of the believers in technology; and while I would agree that there are technologies which have seriously improved our lives, I also realize the terrible cost these technologies have had on the other organisms we share this planet with. Since we actually depend upon the ecosystem services these other organisms provide, it is to our advantage to protect them by dismantling industrial civilization rather than attempting to preserve it. See another article highlighting the issues here.

"When you learn that the world's coral reefs, rainforests, 

and fisheries are set to disappear in your lifetime...

...when everything you love and 

everything you depend on is in jeopardy...

...action is no longer an option. It is a necessity."   

~ Julia Barnes


  1. Yes, yes, yes. For some time now I have come to realise that an environmentalist is also a climate activist, however, climate activism does not necessarily suggest environmentalism.


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