UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who helped us raise funding to publish Dark Mountain: Issue 1!
The book is now back from the printers, so we’re closing this campaign – you can order a copy through the Dark Mountain Project website.
If you donated through IndieGoGo, your copy should be with you very soon! Thanks again for making this book possible.
In July 2009, we published Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto – funded by an online campaign which raised $1800 in three weeks.
The manifesto argued that “sustainability” had become a delusional attempt to preserve a collapsing way of living, that “the end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop”, and that writers, artists and all whose work is rooted in the imagination have a particular role to play as we navigate the transition to the unknown world ahead.
It was read around the world, reviewed in publications from The Independent to the Australian Financial Review. We were called “crazy collapsitarians” and “dangerous romantics”, but we also got thousands of emails from people for whom its message resonated deeply: activists tired of pretending that one more push would do it, writers sick of a literary culture of clever cynicism, people looking for the hope beyond hope.
Now we’ve gathered a collection of stories, essays and poems exploring the territory beyond the edge of what we have called civilisation. Dark Mountain will feature essays from Ran Prieur, JM Greer, Jay Griffiths and Alastair McIntosh, poetry from Melanie Challenger and Mario Petrucci, and an interview with Derrick Jensen.
The Dark Mountain Project has no external funding. The printing costs come to around 4500 and our bank account currently has about 600 in it. This campaign was launched to raise this money – and we’re happy to announce that we’ve now done so.
We want to open a conversation about the world we’re heading into and the stories we need to make sense of it. Please join us in making that conversation possible!
Team on This Campaign:
Paul is the author of 'One No, Many Yeses' and 'Real England: The Battle Against the Bland'. He is a former deputy editor of The Ecologist and has written for the New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent and many other publications. He has been an environmentalist and campaigner for over fifteen years, but is fed up with the direction taken by the environmental movement.