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Environment

Environment inaction threatens the Eastern Mediterranean

By Athina Kariati – New Internationalist Left – the CWI in Cyprus Climate change is having severe implications for the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. According to scientists, the temperature of the area is increasing at a much faster rate than the global average and precipitation throughout the region is expected to decline. These factors, combined with the greed for ...

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Britain: Fracking paused – fight for a full ban and a socialist energy plan

The ‘moratorium’ on fracking announced by the British Tory government is both a desperate pre-election stunt and a significant victory for anti-fracking campaigners. It is the first concrete victory of the climate crisis protests and will give enormous heart to activists to fight for a total ban. By Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales & Scotland) The government ...

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Fires, blackouts, climate change: Private utility enrages Californians

Saturday night at a high school homecoming dance in Oakland, the lights went out twice before the school finally cancelled the event. Each time the music stopped the chant went up among the working-class teens gathered “Fuck PG&E! Fuck PG&E!” The anger at the private utility that controls the electric grid for 39 million Californians is deep and broad. Hundreds ...

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Climate change: The fragile balance of the Arctic

For a few years now, if not months, several atypical events – whether by their intensity or frequency – have occured. Whether they be tornadoes, springtime floods, back-to-back heat waves or quick cycling freezing and thawing; everyone is affected in one way or another. And that’s only what has been happening in Québec, or at least its southern parts. By ...

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27 September: Millions on the streets again in global socialist climate struggle

On 27 September, millions around the world once again took to the streets in defence of the environment. Globally, 3.6 million are estimated to have participated, which means that a total of 7.6 million are estimated to have gone on strike and demonstrated for the environment [climate] on 20 and 27 September. The Committee for a Workers’ International, the socialist ...

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20,000 march in Paris climate demonstration

On Saturday September 21st, 20,000 people participated in the climate march in Paris, part of an international ‘earth strike’ that mobilised over 4 million people worldwide. On the same day, the “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests movement) also organised their 45th day of action. By Tim Joosen, LSP/PSL (CWI in Belgium) The “Gilets Jaunes” were prevented from mobilising in the morning ...

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CWI Worldwide. Socialists propose revolutionary change to win Climate Strikes

By Nikolas Wagner – SLP, Austria The “Fridays for Future“ movement has spread like wildfire around the world, capturing the sense of urgency that exists about the need for serious action to tackle the climate crisis, particularly among the youth. On Friday, September 20th, the latest wave of global climate strikes took place. Internationally, climate activists estimate that 4 million ...

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Australia. 330,000+ attend historic climate strikes

By Meredith Jacka (Socialist Party, Australia) The September 20 global school strike for climate has been described as the biggest environment protest ever. More than 4 million students, parents and workers took part worldwide. There were 2500 events in 150 countries on all seven continents, including Antarctica! In Australia more than 330,000 people demonstrated demanding immediate action on climate change. ...

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System change not climate change. Fight for a Socialist Alternative!

By Connor Rosoman (Socialist Alternative, England and Wales) “12 years to save the planet”. Last year, the world received a wake-up call. Leading climate scientists working for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted that we have only 12 years before global temperatures will have risen by 1.5°C. Going beyond this point would mean a drastic rise in ...

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Resist extinction: Make capitalism extinct

By Haritha Olaganathan (Socialist Party, Ireland) Once an abstract far-fetched notion, the climate crisis has become a tangible threat to human existence. We can now witness and experience the devastating consequences of centuries of untethered exploitation of our planet. Rise in natural disasters  While Trump seeks to purchase Greenland, its ice is melting four times faster than it was 16 years ago. ...

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