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Javier Sethness, Truthout, April 19, 2014
Noam Chomsky: Liberation Ecology

There can be little doubt about the centrality and severity of the environmental crisis in the present day. Driven by the mindless "grow-or-die" imperative of capitalism, humanity's destruction of the biosphere has reached and even surpassed various critical thresholds, whether in terms of carbon emissions, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, freshwater depletion, or chemical pollution.

Dave Jones | SCNCC , June 16, 2021

While the year 2020 saw numerous activist mobilizations, it was the police murder of George Floyd that instantly filled streets around the world with outraged protest. People marched, torched police stations, tore down statues, and confronted police in actions noticeable both for their dedicated persistence and the diversity of participants.

Dave Jones | SCNCC | June 14, 2021, June 16, 2021

While the year 2020 saw numerous activist mobilizations, it was the police murder of George Floyd that instantly filled streets around the world with outraged protest. People marched, torched police stations, tore down statues, and confronted police in actions noticeable both for their dedicated persistence and the diversity of participants.

Amy Leather, SWP (UK), May 20, 2021

Joe Biden and allies like Boris Johnson say they are leading the way on tackling climate change – with the help of Bill Gates. Amy Leather explores if our rulers really are going green.

Sabrina Fernandes, NACLA, May 20, 2021
Climate march

The 21st century is a century of crisis. Capitalist economic collapse dovetails with dire inequality, international and civil wars drive displacement and humanitarian catastrophe, xenophobia creeps into laws, and rising biodiversity loss imperils the planet’s equilibrium. Climate change threatens to worsen every other aspect of these interlocking crises, making decarbonization the most urgent task on our to-do list.

John Reimann, Left Voice, November 29, 2020
Dead Epidemiologists Cover Graphic

In Rob Wallace’s most recent book, he reviews what is known about the development of the virus that causes Covid-19 in the context of industrial farming combined with habitat destruction. Inherent in his critique is a condemnation of capitalist agricultural methods, some thoughts on alternatives, and what forces in rural society are doing to create these alternatives. His book is a must-read for anybody who wishes to truly understand Covid-19.

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza, The African Exponent, November 27, 2020
Port of Durban, South Africa

The mega-profits generated by the slave trade gave rise to the Industrial Revolution.

 

Richard Smith, System Change Not Climate Change, November 22, 2020
China's President Xi Jinping inspects the Three Gorges Dam

With California and Oregon on fire as Climate Week opened in New York on September 21 “climate arsonist” Donald Trump took to the virtual floor of the UN General Assembly and slammed China for its environmental record while ignoring his own efforts to save the coal industry and boost fossil fuel consumption – actions that earned him that sobriquet from Joe Biden.[1]

Derrick O'Keefe, Jacobin, October 30, 2020
The Ministry of the Future front cover

The Ministry for the Future is Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest attempt to fill in a major gap in the utopian fiction tradit

Asher Miller, Post Carbon Institute, October 30, 2020

System Change Not Climate Change readers and viewers will want to take a look at the interviews referenced here from PCI.

Introducing “The Great Unraveling?”, a series of interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts on a broad range of environmental and societal challenges, culminating with a powerful discussion on what these converging and accelerating crises mean, and how we can respond.

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