So for many of us, defining ourselves as #ecosocialists is a way of distinguishing our socialism from such environmental blindness.about #carbon #taxes
Even more important, by calling ourselves ecosocialists we are saying that we don’t view the #environment as just one of many equally important concerns, just another stick to beat up #capitalism with.
Ecosocialists recognise the #global environmental crisis as the most important problem that #humanity faces in the 21st century.
However, the idea that #working people don’t care about the decay and #destruction of living conditions on earth, that they are only concerned about their pay cheques and other narrow economic issues, is both patronising and insulting.
But they will not, and should not, support #campaigns that blame them for the problems caused by #corporations and #governments.
#Activists who want to win the #working #class to the fight — and that should be all activists, since we can’t win otherwise — have to clearly show the concrete effects of #climate #change, identify the real causes, and propose changes that don’t penalise the #victims.
Raising the cost of living for people who are already struggling to make ends meet is no way to build a movement.
As #socialists, we would like everyone to recognise the capitalist system as the prime driver of environmental destruction, but we are still a minority in a world where pro-capitalist ideas dominate.
That includes the view that #consumer choices control the #economy, and that population growth as such causes environmental destruction. So we shouldn’t be surprised that many environmentalists share those views.#Umwelt #Klima #Politik #Ökosozialismus #Gesellschaft
Recently Will Steffen, one of the world’s leading scientific experts on the new epoch, wrote that “industrial capitalists of the wealthy countries, not ‘mankind as a whole,’ are largely responsible for the Anthropocene”. That is still a minority view, of course, but I think anyone who seriously and honestly studies the scientific evidence is bound to come to radical conclusions.
Mainstream economists have a religious faith in the ability of #markets to solve any problem, but like other religions, those views have little basis in reality.
So long as the world is dominated by a system based on giant corporations that constantly compete to maximise profits, and on nation states that compete to protect those profits, such a program is simply not going to happen.
The real #profit #system is a giant obstacle to environmental progress, and there will be no permanent solution so long as it reigns.
I’m a socialist precisely because I believe in the fight for humanity’s future, even in the darkest hours.
This menu enables the world to close the gap between the #food available today and that needed by 2050, without clearing more land for farming and while reducing the food system’s #greenhouse gas #emissions to a level aligned with the Paris Agreement on #climate change.#agriculture #future #technology #co2 #methane #humanity #news #environment