Deep Green Resistance


For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.

Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful. It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play.

Deep Green Resistance is a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet—and win.


“This book goes beyond the usual poetic eulogies for a dying planet to transform the anarchist slogan ‘direct action speaks louder than words’ into a concrete blueprint for a resistance movement now! If Deep Green Resistance does not inspire its reader to political action, then nothing will.”
Ann Hansen, author of Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla

“With clear, sober analysis, and facts that include the reality of runaway global climate change and that of 200 species being made extinct every day, the severity and urgency of our collective crisis is laid bare. Deep Green Resistance then asks, ‘Do we want to feel better or do we want to be effective?”
Dahr Jamail

Deep Green Resistance posits, I fear correctly, that resistance will have te become more militant and perhaps resort to physical acts of confrontation with the corporate leviathan.”
Chris Hedges

Deep Green Resistance offers a blueprint for an uprising which is long overdue.”
Thomas Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Read the Book

The entire book is available online for free, as a website or as a downloadable ebook. Read the Deep Green Resistance book.

Deep Green Resistance Organization

Learn about the organization inspired by the book:

Contents and Excerpts

Part I: Resistance

Part II: Organization

Part III: Strategy and Tactics

Part IV: The Future

Derrick Jensen also answers common questions at the end of each chapter.


Octobor 2014, at We Got the Numbers
March 2012, by Zoe Blunt, titled Deep Green Resistance: Words as tactical weapons
September 2011, by Rady Ananda, titled Beyond Protest: Saving our Planet with ‘Deep Green Resistance’
September 2011, short review by Steve Hart
August 2011, short review at Public Intelligence Blog
August 2011, review and interview at AlterNet