Earlier this year we
received a letter from a reader of Socialist Appeal who says we put too much
importance on one factor that contributes to climate change, human-induced emissions of “greenhouse”
gases. In his answer Phil Mitchinson looks at the broader aspects of pollution,
climate change and so on and stresses the need for a radical, socialist
transformation of society if we are even to begin to tackle these vital problems.
Global warming and other environmental issues are always in the news. The Green Party in the UK claims to be neither right wing
nor left wing as, they say, environmental issues transcend the
traditional issues of class and the division between rich and poor that
define conventional political discussions and divisions. This is poppycock. The environmental problems, and
the potential environmental catastrophe, we face are creations of the
Dramatic climate change in
recent years has led scientists to the conclusion that global warming
is the cause. This is bad news for the private owners of the $2trn
dollar oil, gas and natural gas industries. If serious action were
taken to deal with global warming, their profits would be in trouble.
That is why these big monopolies have spent millions on a campaign
designed to rubbish the global warming theory.
The debate over global warming and the consequences it may or may not
have for planet Earth and humanity has been raging for several decades
now. Global warming is an endless source of controversy, but one thing
is clear – our climate is changing.
"According to the defenders of capitalism and the "free market", socialism
in general and marxism in particular is all but dead and buried. However it may be
instructive to examine one of the main environmental problems created by the free market,
namely global warming. This has been described as the greatest disaster facing humankind,
not to mention a myriad of other species! The question is can the capitalist system find a
The collapse of the talks at the Hague has brought the issue of global warming back into
the headlines. Mick Brooks looks at the reasons for the collapse of the talks,
the failures of the Kyoto agreement, the responsibility of capitalism in the destruction of
the environment and the need for a socialist alternative.