About EF!

The very future of life on Earth is in danger. Human activities — from hunting to habitat destruction — have already driven countless species to extinction, and the process is only accelerating. The destruction of the Earth and its sustainable indigenous cultures has led to tragedy in every corner of the globe.

Meanwhile, scientists have confirmed what indigenous cultures have taught for thousands of years: all forms of life are vitally connected. Removing even a single strand from the web of life produces a widening ripple of catastrophe. On a more spiritual level, Earth First!ers under stand that we can never be the healthy humans that we were meant to be in a world without wilderness, clean air and the howling of wolves under the moon.

It is not enough to ask politicians and corporations to destroy less wilderness. We need to preserve it all, to recreate lost habitats and reintroduce extirpated predators. We need to stop and reverse the poisoning of our air, water and soil, as well as the modification of life’s genetic code. It is not enough to oppose the construction of new dams and developments. It is time to free our shackled rivers and restore the land.

Earth First! formed in 1979, in response to an increasingly corporate, compromising and ineffective environmental community. It is not an organization, but a movement. There are no “members” of EF!, only Earth First!ers. We believe in using all of the tools in the toolbox, from grassroots and legal organizing to civil disobedience and monkeywrenching. When the law won’t fix the problem, we put our bodies on the line to stop the destruction. Earth First!’s direct-action approach draws attention to the crises facing the natural world, and it saves lives.

Guided by a philosophy of deep ecology, Earth First! does not accept a human-centered worldview of “nature for people’s sake.” Instead, we believe that life exists for its own sake, that industrial civilization and its philosophy are anti-Earth, anti-woman and anti-liberty. Our structure is non-hierarchical, and we reject highly paid “professional staff” and formal leadership.

To put it simply, the Earth must come first.

(From the Earth First! Journal website)

  1. Spire says:


    Please spread. Warbler’s TreeSit in Willits. We need support.


  2. UrbanRunner says:

    At what point does it become an armed struggle? Knowing that NSA is monitoring and the FBI considers the Eco movement as the Number ONE terror threat in America (Fools…). When does the movement live up to its reputation? Not in the terror sense, which is asinine, but in the use of force? The question has previously by posed by Derrick Jensen. What is your answer?

  3. Poulson says:

    we should SUE the Bob Barker Corporation for poisoning activists

  4. Ian F. Wall says:

    I am a gold prospector by trade. Starting a new mining claim , near Boise, Idaho.That land is all I have. By law some one cannot leave all this night marish damage behind. The problem are the scum eager for money over anything more, in any case. One thing I can say is this. The Earth First crew are sincere. I was hoping you may know of any source of legitimate technical assistance , in case that may be needed. I not only abide by sound practices. I have to. That land is my home,alright?

  5. Patrick Coatney says:

    You guys are awesome, how do I join.I am a wastewater treatment operator, and me and my family live in brush co. Hopefully soon I can start getting the journal.
    Patrick coatney

  6. Hello, My name is Ron Toahani Jackson, we are trying to get the use of traps outlawed here on the Navajo Nation, please share our story.
    [audio src="http://www.smallworldradio.net/shows/2015/SWRtrapppingoccusac.mp3" /]

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