Green consumers will feel they're doing Mother Earth proud when they grab their reusable tote bags and drive their hybrid cars to Earth Day events this week. To Derrick Jensen
, such celebrations are like singing "Kumbaya" while your house is burning — the flames sure are pretty, but your grandma's still inside. Jensen is an environmental author and activist. His latest book, Endgame
, is based on a dire premise: "Civilization is not and can never be sustainable." In his writings, Jensen argues that our industrial society is built on a violent system that exploits all species, including human beings. For all his scary insights, though, Jensen isn't a depressing speaker. He talks passionately about his interactions with wildlife and is more likely to sit on top of a table than preach from behind a lectern. Tonight he presents Ottawa University's Earth Day lecture at 7:30 in the University Chapel (1001 South Cedar in Ottawa, 785-242-5200). The event is free.
Fri., April 18, 7:30 p.m., 2008