Introducing Ecosocialism: 10 essential articles, 5 essential books

Ecosocialism is not a new theory or brand of socialism — it is socialism with Marx’s important insights on ecology restored, socialism committed to the fight against ecological destruction.

These articles and books provide an introduction to that perspective,  focusing on works that are brief, clear, and readily available.

The authors don’t agree on everything. They don’t even agree on whether “ecosocialism” is an appropriate term. You may call this perspective ecosocialism or ecological Marxism or socialist environmentalism, or just socialism: it’s the ideas, not the labels, that count.

10 essential articles

  1. Ian Angus: How to make an ecosocialist revolution
  2. John Bellamy Foster: The four laws of ecology and the four anti-ecological laws of capitalism
  3. Chris Williams: What would a sustainable society look like?
  4. Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: for a society of good ancestors!
  5. Ecosocialist International Network: Belem Ecosocialist Declaration
  6. Daniel Tanuro: Humanity, society and ecology: Global warming and the ecosocialist alternative
  7. Phil Ward: The ecological crisis and its consequences for socialists
  8. John Bellamy Foster: Ecology and the transition from capitalism to socialism
  9. Ian Angus: Why we need an ecosocialist revolution
  10. Ian Angus: The spectre of 21st century barbarism

5 essential books

  1. Ian Angus and Simon Butler: Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
  2. Ian Angus (editor): The Global Fight for Climate Justice
  3. Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism
  4. Joel Kovel: The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
  5. Chris Williams: Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis