Climate Justice

Max Ajl, Uneven Earth, June 15, 2019
Drone meets cow - Mauricio Lima  (CC BY 2.0)

On the future of farming, socialist science, and utopia

Debates about the Green New Deal—Ocasio-Cortez’s version and occasionally radical varieties such as that of the US Green Party—have incited much discussion about paths to utopia. Central to these conversations is the labour question: who will do the work of making the world, and how will that work be apportioned? And how much will the US Way of Life © have to change?

Editors, SCNCC, June 3, 2019
Juliana Plaintiffs Group Picture

On Tuesday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, three judges of the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments by the Trump Administration seeking to stop the Juliana v. United States lawsuit brought by a group of young people claiming a constitutional right to "a climate system capable of sustaining human life" and asserting that the United States government is violating that right.

Dianne Feeley, Solidarity, April 25, 2019
Green New Deal Poster

THE GREEN NEW Deal resolution introduced into Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey is a manifesto that has changed the terms of the debate over the country’s future. Cutting through the Trump administration’s denials about who is responsible for the extreme weather we already face, it unites the issues of climate change with that of eroding workers’ rights, racism and growing inequality. (At the end of March, the Senate voted against the GND in what has been called a ceremonial stunt.)

Ashley Dawson, In These Times, April 15, 2019
An estimated 40,000 people rallied March 10 at the Climate March in Amsterdam, pushing the Dutch government to move faster on climate action. Twenty-six percent of the Netherlands sits below sea level. (Photo by Paulo Amorim/Nurphoto via Getty Images)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s landmark October 2018 report declared that preventing runaway global warming will require “far-reaching transitions in energy, land … and industrial systems” for which there is “no documented historic precedent.” Oxford University climate scientist and report author Myles Allen explained, “It’s telling us we need to … turn the world economy on a dime.”

Tobita Chow, In These Times, April 15, 2019
(Sabine Scheckel/Getty Images)

This pieces is a response to “We Can't Beat Climate Change Under Capitalism. Socialism Is the Only Way.​”

Ashley is correct that addressing the climate crisis requires a radical transformation of the economic system, including more state-led planning. However, insisting that we must immediately end economic growth, let alone capitalism, is a political dead end. Fortunately, a green transformation can coincide with sustainable, egalitarian growth.

Thea N. Riofrancos, In These Times, April 15, 2019
(Photo by Gabriele Holtermann Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

This piece is a response to “We Don’t Have Time to End Capitalism—But Growth Can Still Be Green.​

While the question of whether we should address capitalism first or climate change first is often posed in sequential terms, it is a false choice—though a compelling one.

Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group, ecosocialists.dsa.org, March 3, 2019
Olive branch in red fist

From time to time, SCNCC endorses statements made by other groups that advance the principles we support.  The statement by the Ecosocialist Working Group (EWG) of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is one such statement.  We hope EWG's statement will gain wide support within DSA and that DSA will adopt its demands and EWG's firm stance against cooptation and watering down of the Green New Deal by the Democratic Party.  Like the EWG, we see the Green New Deal as an arena for class struggle, not as a legislative initiative that we will support no matter what direction it takes.

Editors, Jacobin, February 18, 2019
Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
The Green New Deal (GND) is now part of the national conversation. But for decades, social movements have been doing the on-the-ground work to resist fossil capitalism and envision a different future. Such grassroots social mobilization — but at a massive scale — is vital to ensuring the GND catalyzes transformative social change.
Greta Thunberg, Common Dreams, January 26, 2019
Greta Thunberg

The following is a slightly edited version of remarks delivered by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, January 25, 2018.

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