A new season of the Canadian Socialist Action webcast begins with our discussion on ‘Capitalism and the Environment – on the Eve of COP 27‘ with Jeff Sparrow, Yvonne Hanson, and Victor Morgan. Climate catastrophe is not a theory. It is here and now. How did this happen, and what should be done about it?
Please join our live webcast on Thursday, September 22nd at 7 PM ET, or watch the recorded presentation anytime on the Socialist Action YouTube Channel.
Our first speaker, Jeff Sparrow, is a lecturer at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at radio station 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. He is the author of Crimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating; Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre; Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right, among other titles.
Our second speaker is Yvonne Hanson. Yvonne was driven into politics after growing frustrated with government inaction on the climate crisis. She has worked with activist groups like Extinction Rebellion, Our Time, and Force of Nature to advocate for more effective climate action. In the 2019 federal elections, Yvonne ran as the NDP candidate in Vancouver Granville. She is a freelance photographer and a leading member of Socialist Action.
Our final speaker is Victor Morgan. Victor is the lead organizer of the Socialist Action Atlantic Branch. He is an occasional writer, a life-long socialist, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Victor studies environmental science and has spent almost his entire life on the Rock.
The Socialist Action webcast is hosted by Elizabeth Byce. Elizabeth is the federal treasurer of Socialist Action, a member of the NDP Socialist Caucus steering committee, a past secretary of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, and a retired member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
We acknowledge that this webcast is taking place on Indigenous lands across Turtle Island, known as North America. That includes the unceded territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as well as the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee peoples, in the place called Toronto. We join in the fight for justice, recognizing that there can be no real reconciliation without restitution. That entails seizing the assets of the big resource corporations and returning them to the commons.