This is the first i've caught notice of this "new tool" of "gene drives" through which the cold-minded hope to engineer the intentional extinction of selected species. Gosh people, what could possibly go wrong?
Near the end of this piece Shiva writes:
"The very idea of extermination is a crime. Developing tools of extermination in the garb of saving the world is a crime. A crime that must not be allowed to continue any further. We are members of an Earth Family. Every species, every race is a member of one Earth Community. We cannot allow some members of our Earth Family to allocate to themselves the power and hubris to decide who will live, and who will be exterminated."
Yes, yes, and yes. If we and this Earth are to have a living future, we humans need to entirely dis-empower the corporate colonizing criminal class, the mass-murderers, Earth-destroyers, culture and ecology wreckers among us. We must refute their paradigm, remove "their" looted "wealth" from their hands, dismantle their systems of separation and domination and their machinery of death, and allow the flowering of Earth community and agroecology.
i fear that - much more likely than our own distributed intelligence organizing solidarity and resistance to stop them - these fools will be the death of all. But i met Anuradha Mittal last night, the former director of Food First and the founder of the Oakland Institute. She said that what keeps her going, is seeing the front-line grassroots communities that she works with, who never give up, against all odds. Working with people who are resisting corporate colonialist industrial agricultural land-grabs that destroy communities and destroy existing agricultural communities, Mittal says inspires her to keep working and fighting here inside the USA, inside the belly of the beast, where we actually have more opportunity to disrupt these malefactors.
@paularae asks "How?" We don't know exactly how, but we work in solidarity with people everywhere who are resisting; we take personal risk and speak truth to expose these endless wars, wars against Nature, wars against peoples, wars against species, war as central organizing paradigm; we promote and practice Earth-care and agroecology in our own communities; we stop feeding the beast in every way possible, and do not buy what they sell us, materially or psychologically (especially automobiles and airplanes and the vast infrastructure of death that they require); we do everything we can to take care of each other, feed each other, and align our lives and our communities with life, against the machinery of illusionary engineered "supremacy."
We say "Please Mother of All, stop these monsters!" And we try our best to be living laughing loving agents of the Mother of All, carrying out the work of life, the work of a lifetime, as best we can.