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SCNCC is a joint Canadian and US coalition of ecosocialists and fellow travellers united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. Green capitalism is a dead end. So are liberal parties like the US Democrats and Canadian Liberals and the corporate friendly approach of most Green NGOs. SCNCC believes the climate justice movement will unite with the labor movement, First Nations/indigenous and other struggles for liberation to create an alternative to the upside down world shaped by fossil fuels and corporate power. Another world is possible, but we need more ecosocialists to make it happen.

 

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Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse
Richard Smith


"...To save the humans we know we have to drastically cut fossil fuel consumption. But “Keep It in the Ground” is not just an abstraction and not just about future supplies. If we’re going to radically suppress fossil fuel consumption in the here and now as we must, then this has to translate into drastic retrenchments and closures of industrial plants across the economy—and not just of coal mines, oil and gas companies but all the fossil fuel dependent industries: autos, trucking, petrochemical industries, airlines, shipping, construction and more..."

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System Change Not Climate Change
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The “emancipatory promise of ecosocialism” is super cool! As one of the anticapitalist movement actors I’m inspired by Richard Smith and Benjamin Y. Fong, among others, to join hands with the working class in China to save the planet. Compared to the rich and the powerful, workers bear the brunt of overproduction and pollution to support overconsumption and “development.” Oftentimes workers do not have access to air purifiers and water filters at factory dormitories; they’re breathing in dirty air and drinking poisonous water, endangering their (social reproductive) health. Similarly, meal delivery workers are “eating dust” when they race against time in Beijing, thanks to the app economy boom driven by e-commerce giants such as Alibaba. Mobilizing the weak and the poor to create system change is very important. Rather than characterizing the movement response as non-class based, we’d need to foster stronger unity with the precarious working class and other social classes to fight for climate justice. A safe and healthy workplace will not be given but fought very hard for.

Dr Jenny Chan 陳慧玲
Assistant Professor of Sociology and China Studies
Department of Applied Social Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

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