Category: Environment

  • What Will it Take to Win a Green New Deal?

    Analysis of the struggle for a #GreenNewDeal in Canada #strike4climate #CdnPoli Keep reading »

  • The Green New Deal: Whither Capitalism?

    The Green New Deal resolution by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey sparked an immense amount of discussion on all layers of political discourse, national and international. The way Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and many others phrase the problem in the broader context of social, economic, and environmental grievances caused by capitalism is crucial for setting the … Keep reading »

  • Confronting the Climate Emergency

    A panel and discussion on how we can confront climate emergency in our city, looking for solutions for the urban environments. The City of Ottawa, following many cities around the world, has recently declared a climate emergency. The federal environment Minister is now asking Parliament to declare a climate emergency. But the big question remains: … Watch video »

  • Green New Deal: Plan, Mood, Battlefield

    This article first published on the Viewpoint Magazine website. Climate scientists are beginning to sound like radicals. The 2018 IPCC report concluded that “unprecedented changes across all aspects of society” would be needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In its devastating report on the dire state of the planet’s ecosystems, the UN’s panel … Keep reading »

  • Growth in Renewables has Stalled. Investment is Falling. But Why?

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently announced that the growth of capacity additions to renewable power generation stalled in 2018, after nearly two decades of growth. Calling the new findings an “unexpected flattening of growth trends,” the IEA noted that this development raises serious questions about reaching climate targets. Net new capacity from solar photovoltaic … Keep reading »

  • People Music: From Mozart to Climate Change

    David Yearsley’s fine article “Disaster Music” in April 12 Counterpunch generates thoughts about what can be called People Music. At present, global political and environmental events unfold disastrously. Yearsley writes about people in the past facing the forces of natural catastrophes, framed as People versus God in Handel’s powerful music: “…earthquakes on land and beneath … Keep reading »

  • Climate Emergency Manifesto

    Climate action is our number one priority in European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL). We do not see it as a stand-alone struggle; it includes struggles for decent jobs, high living standards and gender and racial equality. Keep reading »

  • Extinction Rebellion: A Cause for Hope for the Planet and Maybe for Revolution

    The worldwide protests organized by Extinction Rebellion, have put the issue of the ecological crisis into mainstream political discourse. Non-violent actions have been carried out in more than 30 countries. Keep reading »

  • Time for the South African Government to Declare a Climate Emergency

    On the 22nd of April, regions of Kwa Zulu Natal experienced heavy rainfall resulting in devastating flooding, washing away houses and claiming close to 80 lives. Currently, residents are living with relatives or in shelters where there are limited resources and not enough beds. Not too far away, in the aftermath of cyclone Idai, while … Keep reading »

  • An Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion

    The fight for climate justice is the fight of our lives, and we need to do it right. By grassroots collective Wretched of The Earth. Keep reading »

  • A Climate Justice Critique of South African Political Parties

    What are the commitments of the ANC, DA and EFF to a Deep Just Transition to Sustain Life? South Africa goes to its 6th national elections on May 8th, 2019, with 48 contesting parties. This is in a context in which inequality is worsening, costs of living are going up and unemployment is a major challenge. … Keep reading »

  • Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai, Sanctions and Capitalism

    About a month ago Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were devastated by a tropical cyclone. Approximately 2.6 million people were affected in the three countries. Keep reading »