Ecosocialism

11/12/13
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Victor Wallis

A core requirement for addressing the ecological crisis will be to reverse the expansionist
thrust, which is inherent in capitalism. I explore the political conditions for achieving such a
reversal, asking specifically on what basis a vast popular movement inspired by this goal
may emerge. Because the drive to economic accumulation arises from the class interest of
capital, a coherent and effective opposition to it must reflect a class position opposed to
capital. In this sense, environmentalism is a class issue.

 

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10/12/13
Climate Change and Socialism

There is no technical solution. There is no market solution. We have to rethink what and why we produce, where we produce, how we produce, how we transport things and people. We need a new system that is based of democratic decision making for these questions.

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09/12/13
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Carlo Fanelli
Climate Change and Its Discontents

...despite the overwhelming scientific consensus, climate change continues largely unabated. In light of the overwhelming scientific consensus how is it that nearly half of Britons and Americans, and some 42 per cent of Canadians, believe that human activities are not affecting climate change? Despite the consensus or perhaps precisely because of it, it is a mistake to assume that valid science will communicate itself (Dembicki, 2013).

 

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09/12/13
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Vancouver Ecosocialist Group
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

By Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

Dec 9, 2013--Two important events occurred last week concerning the future of fossil fuel projects in British Columbia. One was the release on Dec 5 of the report by Special Federal Representative Douglas Eyford. He's the lawyer appointed earlier this year by Stephen Harper to find a way for fossil fuel projects in BC to overcome the opposition of First Nations.

The other was a new declaration of opposition to the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline by a number of environmental organizations, trade unions, other organizations and several elected politicians. The

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05/12/13
Author: 
Chris Williams
Violence against our environment

Both the words “environment” and “violence” have so many meanings, that they require some definition of how they can be of use in the context of a struggle for social justice. Regarding the word violence, according to Merriam Webster, one definition is “the use of brute strength to cause harm to a person or property”; a definition that doesn’t seem to have an immediately obvious connection to ecological issues associated with climate change, loss of biodiversity and various forms of pollution.

07/12/13
Author: 
Gene McGuckin
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

On December 3, the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group put on an event, "Strategies to Fight Climate Change." We are republishing the speech by VEG member Gene McGuckin. A report on the event and links to videos of all the speakers' talks is online here -- NSW I thank the speakers before me for their valuable contributions – in actions as well as words -- to the discussion at hand. So, what does an eco-socialist perspective add to these contributions? We all start in the same place, of course.

09/12/13
Author: 
Gene McGuckin
Strategies for stopping climate change

"Capitalism's gotta go," was the consensus among four panelists and over 50 people attending a public forum on "Strategies to Stop Climate Change" in Vancouver, December 3. The Vancouver Ecosocialist Group hosted the event and supplied one of the panelist, retired union member and paperworker Gene McGuckin (see speech text and video). Other panelists were Carleen A.

03/12/13
Author: 
Richard Smith

In rejecting the antigrowth approach of the first wave of environmentalists in the 1970s, pro-growth “green capitalism” theorists of the 1980s-90s like Paul Hawken, Lester Brown, and Francis Cairncross argued that green technology, green taxes, eco-conscious shopping and the like could “align” profit-seeking with environmental goals, even “invert many fundamentals” of business practice such that “restoring the environment and making money become one and the same process.” This strategy has clearly failed.

02/12/13
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Ben Campbell
system change or climate change

Amid disputes between developed and developing countries, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland are set to conclude today [November 23, 2013] with little in the way of progress. Environmental groups and trade unions walked out of the conference on Thursday [November 21], just after developing nations had staged a dramatic exit of Wednesday morning's session. “Warsaw, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing.

29/11/13
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Professor Louie
What does it mean to be working class

At the People's Voice Café in New York City, the incomparable Brooklyn rapper Professor Louie offers a heavy lesson in Marxism to the 99% in rhythm and rhyme. January 7, 2012 ( Louie is the uncle of singer /songwriter Jeffrey Lewis).

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