Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/499/3077

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 August 2007

Stop climate change

Socialist alternative needed

Heathrow airport runway protest, photo Marc Vallée

Heathrow airport runway protest, photo Marc Vallée

HURRICANES HAVE hit the Caribbean, large areas of the UK and Asia are recovering from floods, southern Europe suffers drought; so how can we save the environment?

Ben Robinson, International Socialist Resistance

Whilst banks, retail chains and governments all try to look environmentally friendly, little has really happened to reduce environmental damage.

Carbon trading schemes like the Kyoto agreement have failed to produce any significant change. Even smaller measures meet resistance when they threaten profits.

The London borough of Merton council introduced a rule in 2003 stating that all newly built houses must reduce harmful emissions by 10%. In the four years since then, it has added on average just 3-4% to building costs.

Small measures like these, without being linked into a broader scheme to stop environmental destruction, will not save the planet. But, as a result of pressure from the building companies, government proposals will rule this measure illegal.

The Stern report calculated the cost of combating climate change to be 1% of global GDP a year.

<Heathrow airport runway protest, photo Marc Vallée

Heathrow airport runway protest, photo Marc Vallée

Yet no government is seriously discussing introducing the necessary measures. New Labour and the other parties of the rich around the world are not contemplating tax increases on the super rich and big multinationals to cover these costs.

Instead we are asked to make personal sacrifices - holiday less, pay more 'eco-taxes' such as the congestion charge in London.

This hits workers and young people the hardest whilst leaving governments and big business with no responsibility for the mess they have created.

A recent survey found that half the car owners questioned would reduce their car use, but found there were no practical alternatives.

The same survey found that the environment was the fourth-biggest issue that people wanted the government to take action on.

The Heathrow airport protests highlight the issue and show the anger that exists against corporations responsible for climate change.

The key to ending climate chaos is public ownership and democratic planning of the world's economies. Such a socialist solution would see massive investment in public transport and cleaner energy.

The long term planning and allocation of resources to combat climate change is not possible under the present system. The environmental movement needs to oppose capitalism and argue for a democratically planned socialist world.

This would mean public ownership and genuine democratic control of the multinationals, with international cooperation and planning to eliminate pollutants and develop green technologies.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 30 August 2007:

Stop climate change

Heathrow expansion protests

Thousands march in Tewkesbury


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Social class in Britain today


Socialist Party review

The War on Democracy


Workplace news

Glasgow council workers' victory: United strike action wins

Postal dispute: If talks don't deliver - escalate the action

TUC conference fringe meeting

Belfast airport workers' victory


Socialist Party editorial

World economy fundamentally unsound


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NGH hospital Sheffield: Pay cuts "the thin end of the wedge"


Socialist Party news

Boris Johnson - buffoon or bonus for Tories?

Potty about Potter


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 August 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Climate change:

triangleExtreme weather events and global warming

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleYoung people are searching for an alternative - find it at Socialism 2017

triangleTrump and the fossil fuel corporations - a lethal combination for the planet

triangleFight for a socialist Brexit

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

Airport:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleBA poverty pay dispute enters new phase of action

triangleWorkers warned boss of tech failure danger

Environment:

triangleHackney Socialist Party: How can the environment be saved?

triangleTories 'flouting duty' on poison air, says UN

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2