Tag: Ecosocialism

  • 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 »

  • Ecological Sustainability, Inequality and Social Class

    Karl Marx’s concept of sustainability is connected to his concepts of metabolism and reproduction. While the first connection is well recognized in recent literature (famously in the work of Paul Burkett, John Bellamy Foster and many others), the second connection is not. Moreover, sustainability is potentially connected to another crucial concept in Marx’s thinking – … Keep reading »

  • Red and Green: The Ecosocialist Perspective

    The contemporary international political economy is marked by a great contradiction. On a planet characterized by finite resources, the economy is predicated upon an absurd and irrational logic of infinite expansion and accumulation. With its fossil fuel based operations continually spewing carbon into the earth’s atmosphere, the capitalist system’s productivist obsession with profit has brought humanity to the brink of an abyss. Keep reading »

  • Fighting for Climate Justice

    Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always – sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report revealed extraordinary figures about the effects of climate change worldwide. Climate-related catastrophe is now not just an additional hazard for the … Keep reading »

  • A Resistance Movement for the Planet

    Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and the editor of Monthly Review, speaks about … Keep reading »

  • Jason W. Moore – The Rise and Fall of Cheap Nature

    Work, Power, and Capital in Making & Transcending the Planetary Crisis Toronto — 13 December 2016. Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of … Watch video »

  • Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green

    Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian Angus is editor of Climate and Capitalism, a founding member of the Ecosocialist International Network, co-author of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration, and editor of The Global Fight for Climate Justice. Moderated … Watch video »

  • Food Crisis II – Capitalism, Agribusiness, and the Food Sovereignty Alternative

    When food riots broke out in Haiti last month, the first country to respond was Venezuela. Within days, planes were on their way from Caracas, carrying 364 tons of badly needed food. The people of Haiti are “suffering from the attacks of the empire’s global capitalism,” Venezuelan president Hugo Chàvez said. “This calls for genuine … Keep reading »

  • Food Crisis I

    In Haiti, where most people get 22% fewer calories than the minimum needed for good health, some are staving off their hunger pangs by eating “mud biscuits” made by mixing clay and water with a bit of vegetable oil and salt.[1] Meanwhile, in Canada, the federal government is currently paying $225 for each pig killed … Keep reading »