Canadian NGOs have launched a “Pact for a Green New Deal.” Will they build the movement that’s needed to win real changes?
Socialist labor activist David Camfield, author of We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society, says only a “a social movement larger and more powerful than any in Canadian history,” can win the needed changes.
This is an excellent essay summarizing the debate around the Green New Deal and degrowth, and questions of political strategy:
As time rolls on and the ipcc’s deadlines for reducing the rise in global temperatures get closer, the prospect of climate catastrophe looms larger, and the problem of how to avert it becomes ever more pressing. This is the question that has been under discussion in recent numbers of New Left Review. The debate has featured interventions from a number of distinct positions, on both sides of the Atlantic and across different political generations. One way of comparing the contributions is to regard them as providing different answers to the question: what does the world need to cut in order to avoid global disaster?
A quite interesting (and long) review of climate change and revolutionary responses, looking at the political, social and economic dynamics of Syria, the seventeenth century Ottoman empire and the Arab spring as examples.
How can climate justice activists stop capitalism’s drive to catastrophe? The author of Fossil Capital considers lessons from past revolutions and proposes an action program for today.
People increasingly see the environmental crisis as a national priority. This is an opportunity for bold action from government
Not directly related to degrowth but important I believe.
The big pitch for 5G is that the networks dramatically increase the speed of wireless communications. Not only will this innovation improve download speeds of high definition video, it will allow for virtually instantaneous connections between gadgets, thereby allowing for everything from virtual reality game-playing in real time, to driver-less cars with much better reaction times than humans (thereby reducing the likelihood of traffic fatalities) to surgeons in far-away communities able to conduct delicate surgeries using robotic mechanisms.  Intriguing as these technological novelties may be, they do come with a significant downside. A multitude of peer-reviewed scientific studies have pointed to the negative health impacts associated with the microwave radiation used in existing wireless networks. These include childhood cancer and behavioural effects, brain tumours, neurological effects including memory and cognitive deficits, male infertility effects, neuropsychiatric effects including depression, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, DNA damage, and malignant melanoma.
See also: The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t – The New York Times
A thought provoking overview and critique of the Green New Deal (GND). The clip below being but one element covered in this longish review.
The central ambivalence running through the essay is whether the Green New Deal is too radical to be implemented (given the exigencies of capitalist growth, capital’s capture of our political system, and the balance of class forces) or, on the contrary, it is not radical enough, a mere ornamental reform that allows pretty much all of the aforementioned to continue uninterrupted.
The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and [could] add up to $70 trillion (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic.
Download the 11 page Nature study at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09863-x.pdf