Category: Environment

  • Exterminators-in-Chief: Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al, and Informed Consent

    I read the Canadian news today: “Pipeline expansion should be approved: regulator.” Regulators ignorantly, negligently, criminally, and in contempt of life, yet again gave the go-ahead to money over incontestable science. Liberal democratic Canada is in league with Brazil’s military dictatorship and the Lima Group. Keep reading »

  • For a Fighting Ecological Trade-Unionism

    How can we reconcile social struggle and environmental struggle? This question poses problems for trade unionists. To avoid a climate catastrophe, it would be necessary to reduce economic activity, to suppress useless or harmful production, to give up a substantial part of the means of transport. Keep reading »

  • Fighting Pipelines, Defending Sovereignty

    Over 1000 Professors and Scholars from across Canada and around the world sign Statement of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people of British Columbia. #Wetsuwetenstrong #Unistoten Keep reading »

  • The Political Economy of Half-Earth

    Troy Vettese analyses the global climate crisis and suggests renewable energy, biodiversity, and climate-focussed afforestation should be viewed as interlinked political objectives. Keep reading »

  • To Freeze the Thames

    Geo-Science, Social Risk and Climate Struggles Is advanced-industrial capitalism capable of finding solutions for the environmental devastation it causes? Or are the logics of capitalism and environmental sustainability inherently and irreconcilably at odds? This session of the Capitalism Workshop explores the economics and politics surrounding natural geo-engineering – re-wilding agricultural land, freed up by compulsory veganism … Watch video »

  • When “Green” Doesn’t “Grow”

    Facing Up to the Failures of Profit-Driven Climate Policy The onslaught of extreme weather and the increasingly stark scientific assessment leave no doubt that we face an ecological and civilizational emergency. But in the year since the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, a constant stream of headlines and reports have confirmed … Keep reading »

  • COP24: No Response to the Crisis

    Why the Outcome of Katowice is Far From Sufficient The climate crisis is looming large and threatens to go beyond our capabilities. In addition, COP24 at Katowice has decided on a rulebook that in parts both lacks in substance and is unjust. The resolutions agreed are not enough to prevent disaster, by a long shot. The … Keep reading »

  • Siloed Thinking, Climate, and Disposable People

    Thinking in siloes about the climate and about our planet’s people puts us at risk of increasing climate disruption and massive loss of life. This year the climate meeting, COP24, is in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to December 14. These international meetings were set up by the United Nations and led to the Kyoto … Keep reading »

  • The State of Mining Today

    Presentations by Judith Marshall, Matthew Corbeil and Joan Kuyek about the mining disasters at Mt. Polley, Canada and at Mariana, Brazil. Watch video »

  • The Climate Report that Trump Tried to Bury

    Under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, composed of 13 agencies headed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reports every four years on “current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.” In an obvious attempt … Keep reading »

  • Challenging the Market with Collective Solutions

    A review of Simon Pirani’s new book, Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, which traces the history of fossil fuel burning from pre-industrial times to the present day. Keep reading »

  • 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 »