The Dark Mountain Project is a group of environmentally minded writers and artists who are challenging the stories we tell ourselves.
The stories which any culture tells itself about its origins and values determine its direction and destination. The dominant stories of our culture tell us that humanity is separate from all other life and destined to control it; that the ecological and economic crises we face are mere technical glitches; that anything which cannot be measured cannot matter. But these stories are losing their power. We see them falling apart before our eyes.
New stories are needed for darker, more uncertain times. Older ones need to be rediscovered. The Dark Mountain Project was created to help this happen. We promote and curate writing, storytelling, art and music rooted in place, time and nature. We aim to offer up a challenge to the foundations of our civilisation. We know this is ambitious, and possibly foolhardy. But we think it is also necessary, and we hope we can act as a catalyst and curator in helping to begin the process.
I’m not really familiar with their work, but I’m interested in learning more about it. They’re in the midst of fundraising for their third book of collected works. You can get a copy for a $30 donation. Having not yet seen the book yet, I’m not sure how / if it could be used in the classroom, but once I get it I’ll let you know.