System Change, Not Climate Change, a revolutionary response to environmental crisis Bookmarks Publications, 2019
By: Barry Weisleder
If you are looking for a compact anthology of articles that make the case for Eco-socialism, this British SWP book is a good one.
The best piece in it is Ian Angus’ “The Discovery and Re-discovery of Metabolic Rift.” He contends that “capitalism (as a product of human activity – BW) is both part of the natural world and at war with it.” This is expressed in “the lack of balance between ‘expenditure and income’ in the earth’s metabolism under the capitalist system.”
“There is no ecological counterpart to the business cycle…” Angus dryly observes.
A 2016 report to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, estimates that more the 150 million tonnes of plastics are in the oceans already, with another 8 million tonnes being added each year. Amy Leather writes, “That’s five trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans and counting. If we carry on at this rate, by 2050 plastics in the oceans will outweigh all the fish.”
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WE ARE WITNESSING AN HISTORIC EVENT. It is a turning point for indigenous rights, for climate change resistance, and for a new generation of fighters for justice. It is a powerful step forward in social protest in Canada.
SOCIALIST ACTION has been expecting and preparing for such struggles. We recently published an in-depth booklet on the history and struggle against colonial-settler oppression, occupation, theft and murder of indigenous people of Canada. It explains how our common struggle against capitalism is inextricably bound up in theirs, and how their struggle is interconnected to ours. There can be no reconciliation under capitalism, and there can be no socialism without reconciliation.
SOCIALIST ACTION IS in the process of publishing a new detailed booklet on the life and death struggle against climate change, how it originated in the ceaseless drive of capitalism for capital accumulation through profit. The very survival of capitalism depends on it and drives the rapid expansion of green house gases that may kill us all. Again, socialism, a system of rational and democratic operation of a planned economy is the only way out of the present crisis.
Continue reading SOME KEY LESSONS OF THE INSPIRING STRUGGLE FOR INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY AND CLIMATE SANITY
Socialist Action condemns the outright violation by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and BC’s NDP Premier John Horgan, of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) rules in dealing with the indigenous peoples on resource development projects on Indigenous lands in BC. Those rules establish:
1. Self determination for indigenous peoples, including the absolute right to say NO to capitalist resource projects.
2. The right to Indigenous traditional forms of governance.
3. Control over their own lands and resources.
4. Control over waterways, railways, highways and pipelines on indigenous lands.
5. Freedom from state coercion, violence or invasion.
6. Freedom from the removal by force or otherwise of indigenous children.
In spite of their declared support for UNDRIP, Trudeau and Horgan have violated, or threatened to violate every single one of those provisions. Their policies continue the historic policy of intimidation, force, economic deprivation and imprisonment, to rob the wealth of indigenous lands for wealthy white capitalists at the expense of indigenous men, women and children. It is a vicious and utterly dishonourable history and it must stop NOW.
Continue reading Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people against Coastal GasLink, the courts, cops, Trudeau and Horgan