[Web page editor's note: See the links to the positions of various labour bodies in the second half of this article.]

Canadian Government Actions Around COP21


This short but important study by Oxfam documents the connection between climate change and inequality both between and within countries.

Read the full report.....


Ian Angus

Ian Angus is a Canadian activist, editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism and co-author of Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis. He talked to Phil Gasper about what to expect from the Paris summit and what the climate justice movement will need to take up next.

Lizzie Dearden
Global demand for wood is set to triple by 2050

At least 116 environmental activists died last year while campaigning against mining, logging, water and land grabs, according to a report.

The number of deaths is rising, UK-based group Global Witness reported, with two people dying on average every week – up a fifth on 2013.

Some have been shot by police during protests or gunned down by hired assassins, its research found, while many more activists are threatened by the companies they oppose.

Derrick O'Keefe

The evidence is clear: the rich are destroying the planet.

Mychaylo Prystupa
Greenpeace China spokesperson Li Shuo at COP21 Paris Summit, speaking to Climate Action Network briefing on Tuesday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

It’s only day two of the Paris climate talks and already there’s a world of difference between the lofty and inspiring words by state leaders made Monday, and what country negotiators are actually saying to vulnerable nations behind the scenes about what will done to protect them from future climate chaos.

“The leaders made very, very good laudable statements," said Bangladeshi climate negotiations expert Saleemul Huq. "I don't see their negotiators following very good instructions from their leaders."

Walden Bello

Faced with the greatest threat to our planet, we cannot afford a bad deal, and we say, with the rest of humanity, “No deal is better than a bad deal.” And even if an acceptable deal is reached, it will provide only a temporary solution to the climate crisis. A permanent solution lies in the world’s turning away from capitalism, a mode of production that insatiably and incessantly transforms living nature into dead commodities, creates destabilizing growth, and promotes over-consumption.

John Bellamy Foster

Marxism and "System Change Not Climate Change"

Michael A. Lebowitz

There’s an old argument that common property inevitably leads to exhaustion of resources.

Charles Mandel
Syrian refugees. National Observer file photo

If climate change is not brought under control, the world will face more humanitarian crises such as the one unfolding in Syria, one of the world's most prominent security experts warned.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan said in a speech Tuesday morning that climate change causing compromised access to food and water “greatly increases the prospect for famine and deadly epidemics.”


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