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System Change not Climate Change – Who is afraid of Greta?

Alternative Socialiste, CWI Québec Is Greta Thunberg a young woman who is “mentally unstable” and spokesperson for “climate alarmism?”  This is how Quebec’s small elite describe the Swedish environmental activist, who will be the guest of honour at Montreal’s big climate march on September 27. Why do they attack her so aggressively? No-one is surprised when such comments come from ...

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Preparing for the global climate strikes. Which way forward for the movement?

By Eleni Mitsou, Xekinima (CWI in Greece) The 2018/2019 school year was marked by the mass youth climate strikes that shook the world. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, at the age of 15, stopped going to school to protest outside the Parliament, demanding that the government treat climate change as a crisis and act accordingly. Sweden had just seen ...

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Brazil: Save the environment, smash the system!

Since the 2018 elections, there has been a marked concern about the direction environmental policies would take should Jair Bolsonaro assume the presidency. Bolsonaro’s declarations on the environment have always been controversial, because they treat any consideration for the preservation of the forest or for indigenous peoples as something that hinders the country’s economic growth. Bruna Leão – August 27, ...

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Winning the Green New Deal Means Challenging Capitalism

This article was written in March of 2019 and was the centerfold of the April issue of Socialist Alternative, the paper of the U.S. section of the CWI. While there are points that need to be updated, it remains a very important contribution to the debate about how socialists should engage with the environmental movement. by Elan Axelbank “The one ...

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System change not climate change – fight for a socialist alternative

Our demands: 1. No time to lose: We need a drastic turn and the end of burning fossil fuel for energy and plastic production in the next few years. We need food that neither ruins the planet nor our health. This demands urgent and qualitative changes in energy, industrial, food and agricultural production, in transportation and in housing. 2. Needs ...

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20Q: How to Rescue the Climate from Capitalism?

By Sonja Grusch, CWI Austria The 1.8 million strong global youth strike on the 15th of March made it clear: the threatening climate catastrophe is having a politicizing effect around the globe. The ongoing destruction of our natural world in all its aspects cannot be ignored any longer: there is no part of earth, no sphere of nature that is ...

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Why is the Amazon burning?

Preparing for the Global Climate Change strikes 20 th -27 th September. This July, very worrying news came to light: it is estimated that since the beginning of the year, when Jair Bolsonaro took over the presidency of Brazil, the Amazon loses an area of rainforest equal to one football field every minute. This information has now been overtaken by ...

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Global climate revolt discussed at the CWI International Executive Committee

A damning report last year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that we have just 12 years to take action before a global temperature rise by 1.5°C takes place. We are now not just facing climate change, but an existential crisis, posing the question of what world younger generations will inhabit.  By Tom Costello, Socialist Alternative – (CWI ...

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Karl Marx’s ecological socialism is a guide for today’s struggle

Too many socialists, even among those who like to see themselves as revolutionary Marxists, have been sadly late in discovering and understanding the ecological analysis of capitalism’s irreparable metabolic rift with the planet and nature that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began working on during the 1800s. By Arne Johansson. First published 18 July in Offensiv, weekly paper of Rättvisepartiet ...

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