What is Earth First?

Earth First! Wintermoot – 22-24 Feb, Lancashire

Earth First! is about direct action to halt the destruction of the Earth. We believe we can make a real difference by doing it ourselves rather than relying on leaders, governments or industry.

We’re a loose network of people, groups and campaigns coming together for ecological direct action and we believe in non-hierarchical organisation. The name Earth First! is a banner anyone who shares a similar philosophy can work under.

In the UK people have been taking direct action using the Earth First! name since the early 90s – stopping road building, the quarrying of coal, rock and peat, freeing our fields of genetically modified crops, protesting against climate criminals, fighting corporate power and much, much more.

If you believe action speaks louder than words, then Earth First! is for you.

Here are the agreed Earth First! UK principles:

Earth First! is not a cohesive group or campaign, but a convenient banner for people who share similar philosophies to work under.

The general principles behind the name are non-hierarchical organisation and the use of direct action to confront, stop and eventually reverse the forces that are responsible for the destruction of Earth and its inhabitants.

Global Earth First! site.
UK Earth First! site.