SCNCC Perspective

Carol Dansereau, System Change Not Climate Change, September 25, 2020
Obama Awards Biden Medal of Freedom

We need to build a strike-capable mass movement that unites diverse groups behind powerful demands for system change.  This is the only way to reverse course on climate destruction and intertwined crises.  There is no time to waste.

This means we need to:

  1. Devote time, energy and money to building that movement, and
  2. Think through how our actions shape people’s understandings and their willingness to join such a movement.

On both these fronts, urging people to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrats undermines the work we need to be doing. 

Maura Stephens, System Change Not Climate Change, September 12, 2020
Silhouette of a child up peering through a fence at the U.S. border

Voting for Biden won’t save them. Not voting for Biden will doom them.

You couldn’t have paid me to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016; I’d voted for all prior Green Party candidates over the dreadful Democratic Party choices — except for the year I voted for Barack Obama, in the vain hope that he had a hidden true progressive self behind the Wall Street-cozy veneer. Live and learn.

Dave Jones, System Change Not Climate Change, September 12, 2020
Credit: Photo illustration by Laura Darling

One strategy for lowering CO2 emissions, favored by many environmental organizations and currently implemented in several states, is to formally impose a “social cost of carbon,” or SCC, at the point of production. Proponents claim that this would begin to ensure that previously “externalized costs” are accounted for in pricing mechanisms. 

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, September 4, 2020
Bidem and Trump Head Shots

Joe Biden’s political resume is a catalog of reasons we on the Left condemn the Democratic Party as one of the “two right wings” of the single party of capital.

Richard Smith, Foreign Policy, July 27, 2020
Fine particles hang in the air over Shanghai, China, 2009 (Photo by Lei Han) Creative Commons license via Flickr

As China struggles to recover economically from the impact of the pandemic, it is set to deal a painful blow to global efforts to fight climate change. The party has often sacrificed environmental regulations as soon as GDP targets and economic growth have been threatened, thus industrial or trade decline paradoxically produces soaring pollution. But even in normal times, China’s soaring carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are a massive part of the dire threat to all life on earth posed by climate change.

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, March 30, 2020
Grand Lake Theater Oakland Marqee

“Let the virus not infect our souls,” pleaded the message on the church sign in my neighborhood. 

David Klein, Climate and Capitalism, October 28, 2019
Curl's Bait Shop rides in the storm

'Into the Tempest’ argues for a transnational popular project that leads to globalization from below

Sandra Lindberg, System Change Not Climate Change, June 5, 2019
Midwest flooding of agricultural land

As a member of System Change Not Climate Change, this morning I received links to a couple of YouTube videos about stresses on 2019 crop production. Produced by climate scientist Paul Beckwith, the videos portray the world as teetering on the brink of a profound food shortage. Like so many articles and videos these days, Beckwith’s videos suggest that we’ll all be starving come September.

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