John Bellamy Foster opens a debate on ‘degrowth’, climate crisis and capitalism
Red Pepper, London, November 2010
In the opening paragraph to his 2009 book Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen, the leading US climatologist and the world’s foremost scientific authority on global warming, declared: ‘Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed, the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines, is in imminent peril . . . The startling conclusion is that continued exploitation of all fossil fuels on Earth threatens not only the other millions of species on the planet but also the survival of humanity itself – and the timetable is shorter than we thought.’
The comments following this Red Pepper version of this article are particularly rich and worth reading as well.