Making the case that green politics must be ecosocialist

3 April 2020– Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Essays by pioneering ecosocialist Joel Kovel argue that radical social change is the only way to prevent ecocatastrophe

Mike Shaughnessy is a member of Green Left, the ecosocialist current in the Green Party of England and Wales.


Quincy Saul, Editor
THE EMERGENCE OF ECOSOCIALISM
Collected Essays by Joel Kovel

2Leaf Press, 2019

reviewed by Mike Shaughnessy
London Green Left Blog

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Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis

1 April 2020 — MROnline

An interview of John Bellamy Foster

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In the backdrop of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review, the famous socialist magazine, discusses the pandemic in relation to the present condition of capitalism and economic crisis in the following interview conducted by Farooque Chowdhury in late-March, 2020. Foster, professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, and author of numerous books on political, economic, and ecological issues, relates the pandemic to the capitalist economy, its crisis and climate change.

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‘Can I Keep You Safe? Your Future Is Uncertain’: Climate And The Fate Of Humanity

1 March 2020 — Media Lens

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the most immediate objective is to slow its spread, minimise the death toll and help people through the crisis.  But, despite government promises to support citizens who are now losing their jobs and income, the underlying establishment concern will be as it always has been: to preserve the global inequitable system of wealth and power.

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Ecosocialism or barbarism: African journal interviews C&C editor Ian Angus

24 March 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Global crisis

Ian Angus

“A conscious and collective struggle to stop capitalism’s hell-bound train is our only hope for a better world.”


In an interview with the African Review of Political Economy, Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus discusses the environmental crisis, the Anthropocene and Covid-19.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, March 2020

21 March 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading, red and green

Six new books to read while maintaining social distance. Yellow Earth; Socialist Practice; Friedrich Engels; Chicken History; Traveling Plants; Coal and Empire


Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2020

25 February 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Eight new books

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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JP Morgan Economists Warn of ‘Catastrophic Outcomes’ of Human-Caused Climate Crisis

21 February 2020 — Common Dreams

“Don’t want to hear Greta Thunberg or Extinction Rebellion? Try J.P. Morgan instead.”

Protesters picket outside a Chase Bank branch in November 2019. An Extinction Rebellion campaigner released a leaked document from the bank Thursday in which JP Morgan Chase economists warned the company’s investment in fossil fuels is contributing to the climate crisis. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Climate campaigners on Friday expressed hope that policymakers who are stalling on taking decisive climate action would reconsider their stance in light of new warnings from an unlikely source: two economists at J.P. Morgan Chase.

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‘And Then – Nothing. Silence’: The Deadly Facade Of ‘Democracy’

19 February 2020 — Media Lens

If you were mad enough to judge the state of the world by the daily outpourings of ‘mainstream’ media, you would have no real understanding of the perilous state of the human race. Or, if you had concerns on seeing the latest news on climate breakdown, you would not be fully informed about the powerful elites that are driving all of us towards this looming catastrophe. Nor would you be alerted to the overriding and immediate imperative for the public to exert its own huge power to avert almost unimaginable disaster, not least human extinction.

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Capitalist roots of the environment crisis

18 February 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Earth is burning

What’s behind the breakdown of the relationship between human society and the natural world on which we depend?


by James Plested
Red Flag (Australia), February 17, 2020

Amid the infinite, silent expanse of the universe, the emergence of any kind of life at all on the small speck we call Earth is miraculous enough. That those first primitive forms of life, after 3 to 4 billion years of development, would give rise to a species that can ask about the origin and meaning of the universe and our place in it, and that can, at least potentially, freely and consciously try to build a good society and live a good life within it, is truly wondrous.

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Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives

16 February, 2020 — MROnline

Originally published: ROAPE (Review of African Political Economy) by Vishwas Satgar (February 14, 2020)   |

Introducing an important book series on Democratic Marxism in Africa, Vishwas Satgar explains that the project is premised on a rejection of the authoritarianism of vanguardist politics and the need to learn critical lessons from all the left projects of the 20th century. There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx.

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DeSmog UK Weekly: *Bumper Cabinet Reshuffle Edition*

14 February 2020 — DesSmogUK

Who is really in charge of the UK’s government? Is it a) the elected MPs that won a landslide victory for the Conservative Party in December last year? Or b) the special advisors that always walk a respectful 5 paces behind them holding a device that looks suspiciously marionette-like?

After Boris Johnson’s first cabinet reshuffle as Prime Mininster, it looks possible it could be the latter.

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Catastrophe is upon us – the grim view from Southern Africa

28 January 2020 — Global Ecosocialist Network

 Rehad Desai

The word catastrophe is being used more and more by institutions reporting on the effects of extreme weather in the two regions of Africa, Southern and South Eastern Africa, and of late Australia. The word means a number of things: tragic; fiasco; utter failure; sudden and violent change in a feature of the Earth. All are completely fitting for the situation we now face.

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