Ecosocialist Resources

The Ecosocialist Resources column is published at irregular intervals. It features links to new articles, reports, talks and videos that are relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission and goals.

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  • Toward a New Environmental Movement: Time to Kick Out the Corporate Bastards
    by Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank From Counterpunch and Dissident Voice, both on June 29, 2007. Reprinted in Climate and Capitalism by permission of the authors The environmental movement is on life support. Some would say it is already dead. Even though climate change and Al Gore are fast becoming the conversation du jour ...
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  • Climate Vandals Prepare A Do-Nothing APEC
    by Zoe Kenny From Green Left Weekly, 29 June 2007Two of the world’s worst climate vandals — US President George Bush and PM John Howard — are preparing their lofty green rhetoric in the lead-up to the so-called “climate change” Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney in September. With a federal election looming, the Coalition ...
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  • U.K. Socialists Boost Int'l Ecosocialism Meeting, Plan Labour Climate Change Conference
    These articles appear in the Summer 2007 issue of the U.K. newspaper Socialist Resistance. Ecosocialists To Launch New International by Derek Wall Derek Wall is the Green Party of England and Wales Principal Speaker. In what promises to be a milestone event, ecosocialists are preparing to meet in Paris to launch a new international. Michael Lowy and Joel Kovel, ...
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  • "Not to laugh, not to weep, but to understand"
    From Inhabitable Earth, June 9, 2007 “Not to Laugh, Not to Weep, But to Understand” As Leon Trotsky said of the Stalinist betrayal of the Russian Revolution and everything it achieved, the task is “not to laugh, not to weep, but to understand”. This site has been started as an attempt to understand essentially the politics of climate ...
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  • Why the Market Cannot Solve the Environment Crisis
    By Tony Iltis From Green Left Weekly, June 29, 2007 The good news is that Australian politicians and corporations are finally recognising that there is an environmental crisis. The bad news is that the “solutions” being promoted by the establishment define what is realistic for capitalism, so the “need” for big business to remain profitable sets the ...
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  • The Slavery of Climate Change
    By Saleemul Huq From Science Alert – Australia and New Zealand June 29, 2007 Tackling climate change is like ending slavery. Climate change threatens to wreck the lives of hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest, least powerful people. Tackling this threat today is akin to abolishing slavery, both in terms of the scale of the problem ...
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  • Special Issue of Seedlings Focuses on Agrofuels
    “We are trying to get cars to eat bread and people to eat oil” Source: El Roto, El País, Madrid, 2007 No to the agrofuels craze! GRAIN has just published a special issue of Seedling which focuses on biofuels, or as we like to call them, agrofuels – over 30,000 words of in-depth analysis from around the world. In ...
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  • Another Heritage of Colonialism
    From State of the World Population 2007, published this week by the United Nations Population Fund Sea Level Rise: Not If but When, and How Much? One of the alarming prospects of climate change is its impact on sea level rise and its potential consequences for coastal urban areas. Coastal zones have always concentrated people and economic ...
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  • Biofuel Production vs Indigenous Peoples
    by Andrew Boswell From Eastern Daily Press (UK), 16 June 2007. There are many unique cultures, thousands of human languages and a myriad of ways that people relate to others and the natural environment. We call the inheritors of these traditions “Indigenous peoples” and there are more than 370 million of them in some 70 countries worldwide. History ...
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  • European Weather Crisis Matches IPCC Forecasts
    Just two months ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report on Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. It included this warning: “In Southern Europe, climate change is projected to worsen conditions (high temperatures and drought) in a region already vulnerable to climate variability, and to reduce water availability, hydropower potential, summer ...
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  • The IPCC's 'Good News' About Global Warming
    The Time Has Come And now for the good news about global warming . . . by Joel Kovel Joel Kovel is the author of The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? This article will appear in his editorial column in the September issue of Capitalism Nature Socialism. Early in May, 2007, ...
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  • A new motto for Capitalism Nature Socialism
    Joel Kovel writes in the June issue of the quarterly journal Capitalism Nature Socialism: With this issue Capitalism Nature Socialism no longer calls itself an “international red-green journal of theory and politics,” but a “journal of ecosocialism.” We are not so foolish as to think this means that ecosocialism is substantially nearer than it was a ...
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  • The Sad Case of Alexander Cockburn
    He’s one of the most respected journalists of the left – but he is also a science-denying crank who insists that global warming is a hoax. Transcript of a Radio Ecoshock broadcast, June 18, 2007. Published by permission of the author, Alex Smith. When some right wing pseudo fascist nut is convicted, or discovered in the bedroom of ...
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  • Scientists: Civilization Threatened by Global Warming
    by Steve Connor Independent, June 19, 2007 Six scientists from some of the leading scientific institutions in the United States have issued what amounts to an unambiguous warning to the world: civilisation itself is threatened by global warming. They also implicitly criticise the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for underestimating the scale of sea-level rises this ...
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  • Vivoleum! 'Oilmen' Propose Burning People for Fuel
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EXXON PROPOSES BURNING HUMANITY FOR FUEL IF CLIMATE CALAMITY HITS Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested Text of speech, photos, video: http://www.vivoleum.com/event/ GO-EXPO statement: http://newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/14/c5086.html Press conference before this event, Friday, Calgary: http://arusha.org/event/7214 Contact: mailto:fuel@theyesmen.org More links at end of release. Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to ...
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  • Why “ecosocialism”? Some Comments on a Word
    Is “ecosocialism” an unnecessary addition to left vocabulary? by Ian Angus I remember my shock when I heard that the respected Australian socialist newspaper Direct Action was being replaced by something called Green Left Weekly.“Green Left?” I thought. “What does that mean?” Maybe the term had been used before, but I had never heard it — and ...
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  • Maize of Deception
    How Corn-Based Ethanol Can Lead to Starvation and Environmental Disaster From the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, June 12, 2007 Ethanol Fuels Are Not Necessarily the Universal Cure As the Bush administration continues to push its alternative fuels agenda, it has become increasingly evident that corn-based ethanol could be as much the global villain as a boon to ...
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  • Ecosocialism or Collapse
    The following is excerpted from “The Eco-Suicidal Economics of Adam Smith,” and published here by kind permission of the author, Richard A. Smith. The full article appears in the June 2007 issue of the journal Capital Nature Socialism. by Richard A. Smith If we’re going to stop the capitalist economic locomotive from driving us off the cliff, ...
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  • John Bellamy Foster: A New War on the Planet?
    by John Bellamy Foster This essay was published in the 8 June 2007 issue of the Indypendent and in MRzine. It is posted here with the author’s permission. During the last year the global warming debate has reached a turning point. Due to the media hype surrounding Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, followed by a new ...
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  • Marxism and Climate Change: An Exchange
    Paul York, an organizer of Students Against Climate Change at the University of Toronto, recently submitted the following comments on Ian Angus’s article Confronting the Climate Change Crisis. Ian’s response follows Paul’s comments Ian, this is a great article. It really sums up the problem. The one point of difference is the solution: modern capitalism has ...
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