C&C’s continuing and highly selective guide to articles, reports and books for green lefts and left greens.
Europe : What emergency programme for the crisis?
Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint
Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt
“The crisis must offer an opportunity to break with the capitalist logic and create a radical change in society. This new logic, which still remains largely unexplored, must cast away productivism and different forms of oppression such as racism and patriarchy in favour of ecological considerations and the promotion of collective commons.
“For this it is necessary to build a vast anti-crisis movement, at local level as well as on a European scale, combining creative energies and a balance of power favourable to radical solutions centred on social and climatic justice.”
Global warming’s terrifying new math
“What all these climate numbers make painfully, usefully clear is that the planet does indeed have an enemy – one far more committed to action than governments or individuals. Given this hard math, we need to view the fossil-fuel industry in a new light. It has become a rogue industry, reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.”
An environmental history of oil spills on the interprovincial pipeline, 1949-2012
Canadian History and Environment
“The history of Canada’s interprovincial and international oil pipelines in the first decade of the twenty-first century, continues to demonstrate that a spill-free transportation system is elusive. NEB data on pipeline releases of liquid hydrocarbons on Canadian soil between 2000 and 2009 record 427 separate spills along the system of roughly 15,000 kilometres of pipeline.”
Ecosocialist worldview: The spectre confronting neoliberals and pseudo-marxists
Arun G. Mukhopadhyay
“The radical Left prepares for Ecosocialism, a notion that embraces complementarity between environmentalism and socialism. The traditional Left, on the other hand, continues with its eternal faith in the productivist mode of production, with some reformist green measures without pondering the required radical measures.”