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Ecosocialist resource guide

The Ecosocialist Working Group of New York City DSA maintains a wiki of readings on climate and environmental justice to guide activists in self-education and organized study groups. The wiki is frequently updated, so check back often at

Introducing ecosocialism:

These articles and books provide an introduction to the ecosocialist perspective, focusing on works that are brief, clear, and readily available. The authors don’t agree on everything. They don’t even agree on whether “ecosocialism” is an appropriate term. You may call this perspective ecosocialism or ecological Marxism or socialist environmentalism, or just socialism: it’s the ideas, not the labels, that count.

Essential books

  1. Victor Wallis (2018) Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism
  2. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams (2017) Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation
  3. Ian Angus (2017) A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism
  4. Mike Davis (2017) Planet of Slums
  5. Andreas Malm (2016) Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
  6. Michael Löwy (2015) Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe
  7. Richard Smith (2015) Green Capitalism: The God That Failed
  8. David Klein (SCNCC), edited and illlustrated by Stephanie McMillan: Capitalism & Climate Change: the Science and Politics of Global Warming, Gumroad (e-book), January, 2015.
  9. Naomi Klein (2014), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate
  10. Ian Angus and Simon Butler (2011) Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
  11. Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster (2011) What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism
  12. Ian Angus (editor) (2010): The Global Fight for Climate Justice
  13. Chris Williams (2010) Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis
  14. Daniel Tanuro (2009; English tr. 2013) Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work
  15. Joel Kovel (2007) The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World

Essential articles

  1. Gracie Brett (Dec 18, 2018) The Case for Ecosocialism: Polluting Plutocracy versus Prosperity
  2. MIchael Löwy (Dec 2018) Why Ecosocialism: For a Red-Green Future
  3. Matthew Huber (Aug 16, 2018) Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics
  4. Richard Smith: “Capitalism and the destruction of life on earth: Six theses on saving the humans
  5. Richard Smith: “Green Capitalism: The god that failed
  6. Brad Hornick: “Militant Particularlism and Ecosocialism, Harvey, Klein, Smith, Foster
  7. Ian Angus: “How to make an ecosocialist revolution
  8. John Bellamy Foster: “The four laws of ecology and the four anti-ecological laws of capitalism
  9. Chris Williams: “What would a sustainable society look like?
  10. Ian Angus: “Ecosocialism: for a society of good ancestors!
  11. Ecosocialist International Network: “Belem Ecosocialist Declaration
  12. Daniel Tanuro: “Humanity, society and ecology: Global warming and the ecosocialist alternative
  13. Phil Ward: “The ecological crisis and its consequences for socialists
  14. John Bellamy Foster: “Ecology and the transition from capitalism to socialism
  15. Ian Angus: “Why we need an ecosocialist revolution
  16. Ian Angus: “The spectre of 21st century barbarism

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