Tag Archives: Environment

Resist extinction: Make capitalism extinct

By Haritha Olaganathan  Once an abstract far-fetched notion, the climate crisis has become a tangible threat to human existence. We can now witness and experience the devastating consequences of centuries of untethered exploitation of our planet. Rise in natural disasters  While Trump seeks to purchase Greenland, its ice is melting four times faster than it was 16 years ago. Furthermore, ...

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Big business government offers no solutions

By Dave Murphy Fiddling while the planet burns would be an apt response to the government’s latest climate action plan. While the document is laced with warnings about the urgency of the need to tackle climate change, it is devoid of ideas or proposals that will make the necessary economic and societal changes required to prevent the impending catastrophe. Instead it ...

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Brazil: Save the environment, smash the system!

By Bruna Leão, Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (our sister organisation in Brazil)  Since the 2018 elections, there has been a marked concern about the direction environmental policies would take should Jair Bolsonaro assume the presidency. Bolsonaro’s declarations on the environment have always been controversial, because they treat any consideration for the preservation of the forest or for indigenous peoples as something ...

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20Q: How to Rescue the Climate from Capitalism?

By Sonja Grusch, CWI Austria  The 1.8 million strong global youth strike on the 15th of March made it clear: the threatening climate catastrophe is having a politicizing effect around the globe. The ongoing destruction of our natural world in all its aspects cannot be ignored any longer: there is no part of earth, no sphere of nature that is ...

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Why is the Amazon burning?

By Electra Kleitsa, Xekinima (Greek Section of the CWI- the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to) This July, very worrying news came to light: it is estimated that since the beginning of the year, when Jair Bolsonaro took over the presidency of Brazil, the Amazon loses a forest area equal to one football ...

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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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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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