The Dark Green Revolution
Turn on your television. Actually, don’t go doing that. Television’s a running joke that’s soured over the past few decades; It’s channel after channel of drivel. Please excuse my cynicism.
Seriously though, take a look at our media, and our growing concern/obsession/fetish regarding the environment, and how we as a collective–locally, regionally, and globally–are making strides, trying to acknowledge and repair the human induced ecological damage that has accrued over centuries of Mother Nature neglect. It’s fascinating, really.
If you haven’t been paying attention when you go to stores, do make an effort to do so, as just about anything that can be bought features better Eco-conscious options. The importance of securing a better future through consumer choice–even if it’s just choosing organic foods, or buying sustainably-harvested wood furniture–is ever so clear, and it seems the Green Revolution’s here to stay. But what about those outside the environmental spheres of influence?
Sure, environmentalists are a group of their own, and they’ve been pushing green thinking along all this time. I guess I’m begging for an answer to this question: where are all the alternative scenes in this massive movement? Does they even exist, have a voice, have a place? Where is The Dark Green Revolution?
The gothic subculture features tens—no—hundreds of subgroups, with varied music, fashion, and ideological tastes. Some of these views stay pure; others mingle with one another, or with a completely different set of tastes outside of the subculture altogether. Either way, whatever these tastes may be work to define a particular person. Hippie Goths—who embrace nature with paganism or Wiccan beliefs—are a known and established subset.
However, there’s little known place—if there is at all—for the death rocker at heart who might also love permaculture, or the post-punker who prides themselves on upcycling just about anything they set their minds to, just to reduce their landfill contribution. Some of these values of DIYing and preservation are already rooted in certain Gothic subcultures, but there isn’t an overt connection or recognition of what could well and be the modern-day “Envirogoth”. While the subcultures’ partitions usually boil down to the music,who’s to say another subgroup can’t emerge due to a widened outlook based on environmentalism?
That being said, this blog’s purpose is to help contribute to the idea of the Envirogoth, or Floragoth as I’ll call it, and to open eyes to more environmentally conscious alternatives for other Gothic subsets. From fashion, to home decor, to little tidbits of information regarding overall eco-progress, let this page be the haven for the alternatives who want forests to get lost in the future, and clear night skies to guide them home after an amazing concert and being piss wasted.
There’s a green revolution that occurring now, for sure. But let there be a Dark Green Revolution for all us Goths as well.