Tag Archives: Environment

Environmental destruction: “We should change the system itself”

By Gary McDonald “We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people”. These were the prophetic words spoken by 15 year old school student and climate activist Greta Thunberg in a stunning speech delivered at the COP24 UN climate change conference in Poland. Her ...

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Huge climate change protests in Brussels

More people are concerned and anxious: the future of our planet is on the line. The recent IPCC-report claims we have only 12 years to avoid irreversible environmental disaster. Despite the warning signs, the political establishment do not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Many workers and youth do understand the need of urgent action. An historic climate ...

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Devastating IPCC report on climate change: Capitalism must be challenged!

The debate on the reality of human-caused climate change is over, now is the time to act. The recent report issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) showed that dramatic change is required before 2030 to prevent a catastrophic climate scenario. Worse than thought The study outlined the extremely dangerous consequences for the Earth’s climate and ecosystem unless ...

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Deadly fires ravage Greece

By reporters from Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece)  More than 80 deaths, including children and babies, and more than 150 injured. Dozens of people made homeless and an incalculable destruction of forests and forestry land. This is, so far, the result of the great fires that took place in Attica. The number of victims may rise ...

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Blue Planet shows impact of capitalist pollution

By Aprille Scully Plastic – a durable and inexpensive material – is an invention that has been a boost for humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to clothes. Under capitalism, however, the cheap material has allowed companies to make products more cheaply and therefore increase profits. The cost of mass producing such a durable, non-biodegradable material that is so ...

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Climate change: Trump tears up Paris agreement

By William Foley Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris climate agreement shows that he represents one of the most dangerous and reactionary elements of US capitalism. It signals that his administration does not even seek to meet the minimal targets set by Obama when his government negotiated the deal. This should not, however, encourage us to have ...

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US: Brutal crackdown in Standing Rock

By Manus Lenihan North Dakota today is the centre of a US-wide and international movement of Native Americans and their allies in the environmental movement. The planned route for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) winds from Illinois to the Bakken oil reserves. On the way it passes through the water source of tens of millions of people, and the burial ...

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Our planet can’t wait: System change not climate change!

By Manus Lenihan Climate change is no longer just a distant threat. The town of Fort McMurray in Canada burned for months earlier this year, part of a trend towards far more intense wildfires across the world. Extreme weather events have tripled since the 1960s. The Arctic could be ice-free in the summer by 2020. It’s now too late to ...

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Capitalism, climate change and the Anthropecene

The following article by originally published in the December/January 2016 edition of Socialism Today, the magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales.  Human beings have radically altered the Earth, adapting nature in the struggle to survive and thrive. The pace of change accelerated rapidly with the development of agriculture and class-based society. It hit breakneck speed in the ...

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