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Ashley Dawson, In These Times, April 17, 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.

Sandra Lindberg, System Change Not Climate Change, December 21, 2018
Screenshot from Financial Times Video on Climate and Migration

No Ph.D. talking here. Just a woman who reads and studies, as Marxists recommend. I’m disturbed by a video just accessed on YouTube: “Climate change and the migrant caravan.” The news piece suggests that sympathetic and enlightened attitudes lie behind the video’s creation. Applying Marxist and socialist concepts, I hope to expose some of the assumptions, misconceptions and perhaps hidden goals contained in the video.

William I. Robinson, Change Links, December 11, 2018

(Excerpts from the keynote speech given by Professor William Robinson at the Nov 18 L.A.

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, December 6, 2018
Sunrise Movement in the Halls of Congress

Climate activists must seize the time and get to work on the Green New Deal proposal.

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