Climate Change

Democracy Now, DN, March 22, 2019

Cyclone Idai, the worst weather disaster in the history of the Southern Hemisphere, has caused extensive flooding and left tens of thousand homeless and more than 400 dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Officials say the death toll is over 400, and the number is expected to rise. More than 400,000 people could be displaced in Mozambique, and the country’s president says as many as 1,000 people may have been killed there alone.

Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group, ecosocialists.dsa.org, March 3, 2019
Olive branch in red fist

From time to time, SCNCC endorses statements made by other groups that advance the principles we support.  The statement by the Ecosocialist Working Group (EWG) of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is one such statement.  We hope EWG's statement will gain wide support within DSA and that DSA will adopt its demands and EWG's firm stance against cooptation and watering down of the Green New Deal by the Democratic Party.  Like the EWG, we see the Green New Deal as an arena for class struggle, not as a legislative initiative that we will support no matter what direction it takes.

Phil Gasper, International Socialist Review, March 1, 2019
Wildfire

It’s not hyperbole to say that the accelerating climate emergency, which is getting closer to spiraling out of control, is the most serious crisis that humanity has faced in its entire history. Two reports came out at the end of 2018 that ought to have put aside any doubt that we are facing an existential crisis that threatens the continued survival of advanced human societies and possibly even our continued existence as a species.

David Klein, Mondoweiss, February 6, 2019

The urgency of the global climate crisis makes it imperative for any social justice movement to come to grips with, and confront it in some way. There can be no social justice, after all, on a dead planet.

Sandra Lindberg, System Change Not Climate Change, December 21, 2018
Screenshot from Financial Times Video on Climate and Migration

No Ph.D. talking here. Just a woman who reads and studies, as Marxists recommend. I’m disturbed by a video just accessed on YouTube: “Climate change and the migrant caravan.” The news piece suggests that sympathetic and enlightened attitudes lie behind the video’s creation. Applying Marxist and socialist concepts, I hope to expose some of the assumptions, misconceptions and perhaps hidden goals contained in the video.

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, December 6, 2018
Sunrise Movement in the Halls of Congress

Climate activists must seize the time and get to work on the Green New Deal proposal.

Carol Dansereau, Counterpunch, November 13, 2018
Blue waves gently breaking on a beach

Let me tell you about why I woke up crying today. It has to do with just how close we are to full-blown climate disaster. I was thinking about children who are already experiencing the horrible consequences of global warming, and I was thinking about particular children I love and what’s in store for them. Most of all, I was thinking about the unthinkable: that we are on the verge of ensuring that most, if not all, life on Earth will be snuffed out.

David Klein, change-links.org, October 30, 2018

The climate crisis is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.  At the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, we are headed for 4°C to 7°C of warming above pre-industrial global averages within the lifetimes of young people.  Temperature increases in this range would lead to a hothouse planet with devastating extreme weather events, and make most if not all of our planet uninhabitable. 

Sydney Azari, Medium.com, October 19, 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an ominous report this week driving home an urgent and serious reality:without immediate action to transform society, climate catastrophe will not only be our children’s future, but our own.

Meredith Tax, In These Times, October 13, 2018
wo High Representatives of the Petro Elite: U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Saudi Dictator Mohammed bin Salman

Meredith Tax argues that a socialist foreign policy must address climate change, globalism, neofascism, and a new paradigm for social justice.

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