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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 not profits: Individual solutions are not sufficient for a global problem. The majority of the people on the planet just have no choice. Even if we’d all behave extremely eco-friendly, it would in no way suffice to solve the problem. We need a massive public investment plan: in renewable energy, in high quality, efficient and free public transport, in eco-friendly construction and housing for all, in recycling and repairing facilities. All this is more than affordable – if the wealth we produce is not appropriated by a small elite.

3. Stop the 100 main polluters: Over 70% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the past three decades have been produced by 100 companies. But big business ignores appeals or legislation and the established parties and politicians are on their payroll. We can only control what we own. Therefore, the first step is to take the big energy industries as well as major banks and industries, building, transport and agro-business from the hands of the capitalists into public ownership.

4. Society in our service: With those resources, a science free from the profit driven limitations of capitalism is possible. Instead of investing billions in subsidies for fuel corporations, we can develop ecological technologies and materials. We stand for everyone’s right to a good jobs and a life free of poverty, oppression, devastation and destruction. The big companies and their colossal power must be democratically controlled and managed by the working class and the society as a whole. This will guarantee that no jobs are lost but converted in socially useful ones with no loss of pay.

5. Planning not Chaos: Programs for a “Green New Deal” or a “Green Industrial Revolution” point in the necessary direction. But we need to go further, across the limitations of the capitalist system. Instead of the capitalist anarchy of production for profits, we have to plan how to sustainably use the resources of the planet to meet the needs of the majority.

6. Strike together: It is ordinary people who suffer most from climate change. And it is those working class people who have the power to change history. We need to continue the youth climate strike; broaden it by reaching out to working class people and trade unions and unite in a mighty strike: a shut down of the capitalist economy. This also shows the potential to take economic power into our hands.

7. Change the world: Human beings are part of the eco system – capitalism is not. Fight capitalism to replace it with a society based on needs, not profits – a democratic socialist society! Make a real difference by joining a fighting, internationalist, socialist alternative.

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