The Deep Green Resistance Book

The DGR organization is largely based on the book Deep Green Resistance, which was written by Lierre Keith, Aric McBay, and Derrick Jensen and released in spring 2011.


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.

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You can read Deep Green Resistance online, "name your donation" to download an ebook, or buy a physical copy of the book.

We encourage you to buy the book directly through this website, and not from Walmart, Amazon, etc. All proceeds from books purchased through the DGR website go directly to support the DGR Aboveground organization.

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Read "Deep Green Resistance: Words as tactical weapons" by Zoe Blunt of the Forest Action Network.

Read Beyond Protest: Saving our Planet with ‘Deep Green Resistance’ by Rady Ananda.

About the Authors

Aric McBay

A writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer living in Ontario, Canada. His first book was Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Grid crash. His most recent book is What We Leave Behind, co-written with Derrick Jensen.

Lierre Keith

A writer, small-scale farmer, and radical feminist activist, Lierre Keith is the author of two novels, as well as The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. She's been arrested six times. She lives in Humboldt County, California.

Derrick Jensen

Hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement, Derrick Jensen is author of fifteen books, including Endgame Volumes 1 and 2, What We Leave Behind, and A Language Older Than Words.

Table of Contents

Part I: Resistance

  1. The Problem by Lierre Keith
  2. Civilization and Other Hazards by Aric McBay
  3. Liberals and Radicals by Lierre Keith
  4. Culture of Resistance by Lierre Keith
  5. Other Plans by Lierre Keith
  6. A Taxonomy of Action by Aric McBay

Part II: Organization

  1. The Psychology of Resistance by Aric McBay
  2. Organizational Structure by Aric McBay
  3. Decision Making by Aric McBay
  4. Recruitment by Aric McBay
  5. Security by Aric McBay

Part III: Strategy and Tactics

  1. Introduction to Strategy by Aric McBay
  2. Tactics and Targets by Aric McBay
  3. Decisive Ecological Warfare by Aric McBay

Part IV: The Future

  1. Our Best Hope by Lierre Keith
  • Epilogue: Getting Started by Aric McBay
  • Further Readings
  • Bibliography
FaLang translation system by Faboba

“Every kind of resource extraction is an act of domination and control and is a statement that says the way of life we have created for ourselves—the shiny, fast moving, plastic way of life—is more important than life itself.“
-Sam Leah

“The most pressing problem facing the world is the iron heel of civilization on the neck of human and non-human communities.”
-Max Wilbert

“DGR understands that resistance is not a monoculture and that everyone and every kind of action is needed.“
-Sam Leah

"DGR is our last, best hope."
-Dillon Thomson

"I don't think it is violence to defend that which you love."
-Saba Malik

”If you are terrorized or mesmerized, you are not alive. Rejoin the living, join the resistance.”
-Jennifer Murnan

“I love the land where I live, where thick mists drift between trees and rocks and rain drips from moss and flows down mountainsides.”
-Max Wilbert

“I love recognizing the ways in which wildness, no matter how thoroughly civilized a place may be, is constantly working and toiling. I love thinking about civilization falling away as that wild force eats through it.”
-Dillon Thomson

”Our allegiance lies with the real world, with real human beings and real forests, and we will fight to protect them.”
-Max Wilbert

”We need people from all walks of life doing all kinds of things to support this movement and perpetuate the mentality and actions of resistance.”
-Sam Leah

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