Tag Archives: Climate change

Climate catastrophe: Why you must be red to be green

The first half of 2019 has been characterised by the eruption of a huge movement around climate change, sparked by protests and walkouts of millions of school students internationally, writes Monika Janas. This reflects the growing understanding of the peril which our planet is in and the need for urgent and radical action to reverse this. In reality the term ...

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“Keep it in the ground”: End the use of fossil fuels

By Darragh O’Dwyer Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a mere 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, after which point the more catastrophic effects of climate change – floods, droughts, heatwaves – will greatly worsen. Such a goal can only be achieved through a drastic reduction in ...

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Local & Euro Elections 2019: Green Surge & Lacklustre Performance for Political Establishment

A very significant surge for the Greens, huge loss of seats for Sinn Fein, and losses for the Left were the headline stories of Local and European Elections May 2019. While the elections absolutely did not represent any ringing endorsement for the Government or political establishment, the combination of the impact of a late Greens surge, and a low turnout amongst the harder pressed sections of the working class, impinged significantly on the Left’s vote.

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“We only want the earth”- The case for socialist change

Darragh O’Dwyer and Cillian Gillespie make the case for a democratic socialist society based on need, not profit What type of economic system allows the 26 richest people to have as much as the 3.8 billion poorest? Why is it that, despite decades of warnings from the science community, we appear headed toward climate catastrophe? How do one in seven ...

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Euro elections: Vote no.1 Rita Harrold

From the housing crisis, to the cervical cancer scandal, to climate change – capitalism’s profit motive clashes with the needs of the majority. I’m Rita Harrold a 29 year old childminder from Crumlin & a longstanding Socialist Party activist. I’ve been involved in the anti water charges movement, in standing with workers most recently on the nurses and paramedics picket ...

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School Climate Strikes: A New Generation Takes on the System

In recent months a new movement of school student strikes and protests has emerged globally demanding “system change, not climate change”. Harper Cleves looks at the significance of this movement and why the fight against climate change is bound up with ending the rule of capitalism. “Be moderate,” the trimmers cry, Who dread the tyrants’ thunder. “You ask too much ...

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Winning the Green New Deal Means Challenging Capitalism

By Elan Axelbank, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.” – Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, who helped kick off ...

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From the Classroom to the Streets: School students move into action

By Haritha Olaganathan We’ve all heard it before – on the 25 May 2018 over 1.4 million people voted in support  of the pregnant person’s right to choose. Over the next year, this figure of 66.4% would be exhausted in the media; a celebration of the landslide victory achieved by activists in the Yes campaign. This included people without voting ...

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Climate change: Why capitalism is the problem

“Climate over Capitalism!” was the call of hundreds of school students in Manchester, protesting for effective measures to tackle climate change. This call is echoed throughout Europe in a myriad of school student protests in the past number of months writes Megan Oglesby. The movement was sparked by Greta Thunburg, a Swedish 16-year-old who began the first school-student protest outside ...

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Food production, climate change and capitalism

By Sam Belton Food production is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary contributor to ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss. In 2050, it’s estimated that the global population will have risen to 10 billion, placing an even greater strain on the planet’s food production systems. Two-year research efforts of an EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets and sustainable ...

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