Climate change

The most important years in human history

Submitted by AWL on 12 December, 2018 - 11:46 Author: Todd Hamer
burning fuel

“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. ” (Chapter 10 Capital, Marx)

Debra Roberts, one of the authors of the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said that: “the next few years are the most important in our history” (by “our” she is referring to all humanity).

"We belong to history": the end of coal and the miners

Submitted by martin on 11 December, 2018 - 10:03 Author: John Cunningham
Spanish miners in 2012

In the summer of 2012 a small group of ex-miners and labour movement activists met in a pub in Sheffield. We had just heard of the Spanish miners’ strike against the attempts by the right-wing government of Manuel Rajoy to withdraw subsidies to the mining industry and thereby, in effect, close it down.

A ‘fact-finding’ trip to Spain then followed and on returning to the UK a Spanish Miners Solidarity Committee was formed, raising 28,000 Euro in something like six weeks – money that went to support the families of the strikers. After which time the miners called off the strike.

Coal, gas, and the GMB

Submitted by martin on 11 December, 2018 - 9:55 Author: Mike Zubrowski

On 29 November 2018, the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland published a report Engineering for Energy: a proposal for governance of the energy system.

The report explicitly does not “make any recommendations about what types and proportions of generation types should be used in the electricity system”, focussing instead on overall co-ordination of the energy system, with useful nuggets of insight.

Far from the shallow now

Submitted by martin on 6 December, 2018 - 5:28 Author: Alan Simpson
Climate change
  • Brazil opts out of hosting the next Climate Conference as President Bolsonaro prepares
    prepares to ditch the Paris Agreement (Greenpeace)
  • G20 nations are still putting over £100bn of subsidies into fossil fuel industry (Guardian)
  • Polish coal company becomes first sponsor of next UN Climate Conference in Katowice
  • CO2 levels rise for the first time in 4 years (BBC)
  • From London to Shanghai, the world's sinking cities face devastating floods (Christian Aid)

Together for Climate Justice?

Submitted by cathy n on 4 December, 2018 - 9:01 Author: Mike Zubrowski
climate change placards

Saturday 1 December saw a national demonstration “Together for Climate Justice”, organised by Campaign against Climate Change. The protest offered solidarity with environmental activists at the upcoming UN climate talks in Poland, and raised the importance of tackling climate change globally and in the UK. A similar march is organised annually, but was smaller this year, with perhaps 500 protesters present.

The lessons from Genoa, Climate Camp and Vestas

Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 11:50 Author: Todd Hamer
climate camp

The emergence of Extinction Rebellion is a good thing. After a long period where there has been very little mass environmental activism, it is good to see someone doing something.

However, if this new movement is going to develop into something worthwhile, it will need to confront the problems faced by similar movements that have gone before.

Environment: "moral issue", or politics and class?

Submitted by martin on 20 November, 2018 - 4:41 Author: An Extinction Rebellion volunteer interviewed
XR graphic

Activists blocked bridges in central London on 17 November, and plan to do the same on 24 November, at the call of the new movement Extinction Rebellion. A volunteer with Extinction Rebellion spoke (in a personal capacity) to Mike Zubrowski from Solidarity.

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