Category: Environment

  • Are Climate and Disaster Victims Violent?

    Klare’s Paean to the American Military Michael T. Klare’s new book, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change, is an uncritical paean to the American military. He credits the Pentagon with taking climate science seriously. But he does not question, bring contradictory evidence, or analyze the military’s self-appointed role as global manager of … Keep reading »

  • Green New Deals: Climate Movements and Labour Unions

    Author and labor organizer Jane McAlevey is interviewed by Alleen Brown, on why winning on climate in the 2020 election means changing how we talk about the clean economy. Keep reading »

  • Covid-19, the Climate Crisis and Lockdown

    With the coronavirus, we are really trying to mitigate the revenge blow from nature. It’s a moment to be humble and realise our finitude in a wondrous and infinite natural order. Keep reading »

  • From Coronovirus to the Green New Deal

    Navigating the Perilous Passage When we have dealt with the coronavirus crisis, we need to address the climate emergency. We have learned a lot from handling the pandemic that will help in tackling climate change. It is critical to tackle the crisis early, based on the best scientific evidence. Indecisive political leadership pushes the crisis quickly … Keep reading »

  • Weaponizing the Numbers

    The Hidden Agenda Behind Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Among progressives concerned about climate change, few issues provoke as much anger as the knowledge that governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in 2017 these subsidies totaled $5.2-trillion annually. Don’t governments realize that fossil fuels are cooking the planet? The scientific community … Keep reading »

  • From Fossil Capitalism to Energy Democracy?

    The struggle for hegemony in an era of climate crisis As the 21st Century’s second decade opens, the increasingly severe symptoms of climate change comprise a pivot in the struggle for hegemony, globally and within national formations. With the highest per capital carbon emissions among the G20 states, Canada is a climate laggard and, in … Keep reading »

  • Wall Street Can’t Fix the Environment – and Neither Can Bay Street

    On December 16, 2019, a few dozen members of Canada’s business, academic and government elite met in Toronto at the invitation of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). They were there to officially launch the Energy Future Forum (EFF), “a new pan-Canadian initiative to develop policy answers that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the … Keep reading »

  • The Climate Crisis and the Crisis of Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets

    The world’s oil, gas, and coal companies would incur what the Financial Times (FT) recently described as “breathtaking” losses if they’re not allowed to extract and burn their enormous reserves. In total, fossil fuel CO2 emissions contained in untapped reserves are estimated at 2910 gigatonnes (GT) or nearly three trillion metric tons. To put that … Keep reading »

  • Climate Activists Can’t Afford to Ignore Labour

    A Shuttered Refinery in Philly Shows Why In the early morning hours of June 21, 2019, a catastrophic explosion tore through the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery in the southwest section of Philadelphia. The training and quick thinking of refinery workers, members of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, averted certain disaster and saved millions of lives. … Keep reading »

  • South Africa: Climate Justice Charter

    The Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre, together with the South African and Food Sovereignty Campaign, and other civil society organisations have engaged in a process to develop a Climate Justice Charter for South Africa. Keep reading »

  • The Two Souls of Veganism

    Veganuary 2020 in the UK is set to be the biggest ever. Last year over 250,000 people pledged to go vegan in January; this year the numbers are greater still. In the backdrop, more than 800,000 people gave up eating animal products in the UK last year, and ever greater numbers of the population – … Keep reading »

  • The Limits of Capitalism

    At this point in human history, the limits of capitalism and the limits of our species’ life on Earth have converged. We have never been here before, and we cannot go back. The political activism of my youth was largely in solidarity with anti-colonial movements in Africa and Palestine, anti-US imperialist movements and dictatorships in … Keep reading »