• Public Ownership for Energy Democracy

    Opportunities for Publicly-run Energy Utilities to Revolutionize Generation and the Grid Energy democracy – a new idea from the ranks of community organizers, labour, and renewable energy advocates who see our current energy system as broken and destructive – seeks to take on the political and economic change needed to tackle the energy transition holistically. A … Keep reading »

  • The Road Away from Fossil Fuels

    President Andrzej Duda’s authoritarian government can expect a rough political ride in December, when politicians, diplomats and campaigners stream into Katowice, Poland, for the next UN summit on climate change (COP24). Poland’s so-called climate policy – to aim for “carbon neutrality” by discounting emissions from the coal industry with carbon sucked up by its forests … Keep reading »

  • The Politics of Hurricanes

    How Climate Catastrophe Victimizes the Poor Climate change catastrophe is, as this article is written, facing hundreds of thousands on the eastern seaboard of the United States and on the Philippines island of Luzon, as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut make landfall simultaneously. Mangkhut also threatens Hong Kong, South China and maybe Vietnam. In the United … Keep reading »

  • On the Precipice

    Like many others (unless they are in a state of simple denial), I sometimes feel paralyzed by the enormity of the environmental challenge. How to break through this? We must begin with the certainties. First is the science. Not every aspect of it, of course, but the basic contours. The most in-depth, up-to-date, and accessible … Keep reading »

  • Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

    Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been attempting to square the impossible – expanding oil sands production and building pipelines while addressing climate change. Watch video »

  • What Happens When the Alt-Right Believes in Climate Change

    Last September, as record-breaking hurricanes thrashed the Caribbean and southeastern U.S., the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance (AmRen) asked its readers a question: “What does it mean for whites if climate change is real?” In its bombastic response, the magazine bucked two decades of conservative dogma to offer an ethno-nationalist take on planetary warming. Conceding … Keep reading »

  • Democracy and Ecological Crisis

    Last fall 15,000 scientists issued a second dire notice to humanity that we are on a collision course with the limits of our planet. They concluded, “To prevent widespread misery, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual,” including “reassess[ing]… the role of an economy rooted in growth.” That means that … Keep reading »

  • Israel’s Environmental Colonialism and Ecoapartheid

    Since the idea of Zionism first gripped the minds of a few intellectuals and the limbs of many agrarian pioneers in the early 20th century, the state of Israel has presented its settlement of the land of Palestine, and its uprooting of the Palestinian people, as a rejuvenation of the earth. By “greenwashing” the occupation, … Keep reading »

  • The Canadian Pension Plan: The Deadly Hand of the Market

    A recent article in the Toronto Star and its accompanying photo bear comment. The reaching hands are not of rioting, starving people grasping for food but of stockbrokers on the trading floor. The article, about protecting individual portfolios, counsels people to know of their options though “the majority of investors have little or no understanding … Keep reading »

  • Revolution in a Warming World: Lessons from the Russian to the Syrian Revolutions

    It doesn’t take much imagination to associate climate change with revolution. If the planetary order upon which all societies are built starts breaking down, how can they possibly remain stable? Various more or less horrifying scenarios of upheaval have long been extrapolated from soaring temperatures. Keep reading »

  • On Consumerism, Capitalism, and Ecosocialism

    Sebastian Livingston provides an introduction to an ecosocialist approach to production and consumption and looking at some issues that are problematic in achieving an ecological society. Keep reading »

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.” The strategy adopted was two-pronged and contradictory on its face: implementing gradual carbon price increases … Keep reading »