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Are consumers destroying the earth?

Are consumers destroying the earth?

Monstrous as the consumer economy has become, consumer spending is not the biggest environmental problem.  Most waste and pollution is caused by industrial, military and commercial processes, over which consumers have no control.  CONSUMERS ARE NOT THE BIG GREEN PROBLEM by Simon Butler Green Left Weekly, December 3, 2011  Most environmentalists would agree consumerism and […]

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Population book misdiagnoses Australia's environmental crisis

Dick Smith’s Population Crisis: The Dangers of Unsustainable Growth for Australia. Allen & Unwin, Sydney Australia, 2011. ISBN 978-1-74237-657-8 reviewed by Simon Butler Green Left Weekly, August 28, 2011 Those who say today’s big social and ecological problems stem from there being too many people on the planet face a special difficulty. As the Australian ecologist […]

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Can Capitalism Fix the Climate?

On April 3, a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald criticized socialists in the climate emergency movement, citing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and frequent C&C contributor Simon Butler as people who just don’t understand that “Climate is not a class issue.” This is Simon’s response … (more…)

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