Tag Archives: Environment

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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Belgium: Mass movement forces minister of climate to resign

Mass protest can force ministers to leave. After two months of protest, mainly pushed forward by young people, one of the four Belgian ministers responsible for climate had to resign. The Flemish regional minister, Joke Schauvliege, of the Christian-Democrat party, CD&V, announced his resignation on February 5. Earlier blunders by the same minister had been made in the past, but ...

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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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