Laurie E. Adkin

January 8, 2020  - At this point in human history, the limits of capitalism and the limits of our species’ life on Earth have converged. We have never been here before, and we cannot go back.

Tracy L. Barnett, Earth Island Journal
The small Mexican town of Temaca has become a beacon in the global movement to democratize water and energy management. CARLOS SÁNCHEZ PIMIENTA VIA FLICKR

It’S 9 A.M. and a grey cloud that had been shrouding one of four mountains surrounding Temacapulín, in the highlands of western Mexico, has begun to lift. “SINCE THE SIXTH CENTURY, TEMACAPULÍN WELCOMES YOU.” The bold white letters emblazoned on the side of one of the mountains, Cerro de la Cruz, emerge through the mist, Hollywood-style, as the town’s inhabitants scurry to live up to the promise. It’s the first day of the Tenth Annual Chile de Arból Fair and a steady rain has been threatening to flood the town’s two-day festival of resistance against a mega-dam project nearby.

Elisa Martinuzzi
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers brief remarks surrounded by other student environmental advocates during a strike to demand action be taken on climate change outside the White House on September 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. The strike is part of Thunberg's six day visit to Washington ahead of the Global Climate Strike scheduled for September 20. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) , Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images North America

Bloomberg News          October 19, 2019
By Elisa Martinuzzi, Bloomberg News
Glen Ford
Jo No Malarkey


The outcome of the early primaries may erase Joe Biden’s “electability” luster and plunge the Lords of Capital into a panic in which all bets are off on what’s left of democratic liberties.

The catastrophic defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in last week’s elections does, indeed, foreshadow what’s in store for Bernie Sanders if the U.S. ruling class believes the self-styled socialist has a real chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

Eoin Higgins
A firefighter and a koala watch a bushfire in Eden Hills, Adelaide, South Australia. (Photo: Eden Hills Country Fire Service/Facebook)

 December 23, 2019

"These are the realities that make me wonder at how corrupt must be the souls of people who have the power to stop this and fail to act."

As Australia endures ongoing wildfires that have choked out cities with smoke and are incinerating wildlife habitats, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made clear that he would not entertain any curtailment of coal production—a signal to observers that the country's leader isn't willing to take seriously the threat of the climate crisis. 

Valerie Croft
Canada as the mining capital of the world
 December 18th, 2019
Take a walk in downtown Toronto and you may not fully realise what’s around you. In the bustle of the city, it takes effort to dodge streetcars, noisy traffic, bikes that rush past and other pedestrians surfacing from underground subway stations. You may not pause to look up. But you should. 
Matt Huber
Motorists navigate a flooded highway during the onslaught of Typhoon Kammuri on December 3, 2019 in Lipa town, Batangas province, Philippines. (Ezra Acayan / Getty Images)

To build the power to take on climate change, we can’t simply validate individual movements or assume single-issue struggles will add up to something greater than the sum of their parts. We need class politics to connect the dots of our many struggles — and to save the planet.

Review of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster, 2019).


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