Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1032/28807

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 March 2019

Wildfires hit Europe - build for 15 March student climate strikes

Student climate strikers blocking the road at Parliament Square, photo James Ivens

Student climate strikers blocking the road at Parliament Square, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Theo Sharieff, Socialist Students national organiser

Fire crews were battling gorse and grass fires across England, Wales and Scotland on 26 February.

Wildfires such as these are common in the spring and summer months, when warmer and dryer conditions increase the risk. But for this number to break out during winter is virtually unheard of.

They came during one of the hottest Februarys on record in Britain, but also all of Europe - where the occurrence of wildfires had already reached 480 across the continent by 1 March. The average number by this point in the year between 2008 and 2018 was just 21.

This news will no doubt upset and anger the tens of thousands of school and college students who walked out on 15 February to protest against the government's complete inaction and incompetence in the face of climate change.

In London, chants filled the streets around Westminster demanding that Theresa May and the Tory government be kicked out.

Socialist Students will be taking the campaign to the schools and colleges over the coming days to help students organise and build for the next round of walkouts on 15 March.

The wildfires underscore the incredibly urgent need for action against climate change. But what is the solution? And how can young people and workers best fight to achieve it?

Since 1988, 100 multinationals have been responsible for 71% of all greenhouse emissions globally, according to the 2017 Carbon Majors Report. And it is the system of capitalism which compels these companies to pollute our planet as a by-product of their pursuit of profits.

Many students who spoke on the Socialist Students open mic on 15 February in London observed that the system of capitalism compels these companies to pollute our planet as a by-product of their pursuit of profits. Socialist Students agrees.

We think we need therefore to fight for a clear alternative to capitalism. A socialist alternative, where the companies responsible for climate change, as well as the banks and top 150 companies which control around 80% of the British economy, are publicly owned under the democratic control and management of workers and young people.

Then it would be possible to not only rapidly halt pollution, but also fund and democratically plan mass investment into green technologies. Capitalism is incapable of this on the scale we need, as it stubbornly prioritises profits above everything else.

'Extinction Rebellion' events have popularised the tactic of small direct actions, such as blocking roads and bridges, to call attention to the problems of climate change.

But Socialist Students believes we also need to mobilise mass, collective action - specifically strike action, the main weapon of the working class - to shut down not only the roads, but the whole capitalist economy.

That's why Socialist Students will be going to the schools and colleges. Not only to helping students organise for the 15 March walkouts. But also to campaign for the trade unions - starting with the National Education Union and the University and College Union - to link up in struggle with striking students, to fight for a socialist future as the only means to save our planet.

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


In The Socialist 6 March 2019:


What we think

No retreats: Corbyn must stand firm against Blairites


Workplace news

Stop post-16 education cuts

Interview with a shop worker

MPs boost their own pay

Workplace news in brief


News

Boot out failing Grayling and the other Tory wreckers

Solidarity with Chris Williamson

Trade union action to end low pay now!

A&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

Them & Us


International Women's Day 2019

A socialist programme to end women's oppression

International Women's Day 2019: End oppression with fight for socialism


Socialist history

Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Fight council cuts

Cuts must stop - boot the Tories out

Wildfires hit Europe - build for 15 March student climate strikes

Swansea: Labour council tries to dodge no-cuts protest

Hull: support for anti-cuts policies at Corbyn solidarity rally

Hundreds of Tamils protest against death-threat brigadier


Opinion

Women workers' militancy during the 'great unrest'

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 March 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Climate change:

triangleSocialist change to end climate change

triangleCoventry says no to congestion charge

triangleThem & Us

triangleA speaker at the youth climate change protest in Newcastle, 21.6.19, photo by Elaine Brunskill

triangleHow can we build workers' action to support the climate strikes?

Student:

triangleLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

triangleBuild student unions and walkouts to fight climate change and Trump!

triangleClimate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

triangle'Reforms' hollow out the NUS

Strikes:

triangleCome to the 2019 NSSN conference

triangleScottish airport strikes - fight for better pay and pensions

triangleClimate change protesters in Newcastle, 24 March 2019, photo by Elaine Brunskill

Europe:

triangleWhat now for Brexit?

triangleEuro elections 2019 - Across Europe

Students:

triangleResidents mobilise to stop eviction

Socialist:

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: AI, robots and capitalism

Socialist Students:

triangleStop climate change - fight for socialist change

Capitalism:

triangle50 years since Apollo 11 - 'One giant leap': how political conflict launched the moon landing

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/7/19

Education

Tories prepare to attack education workers' pensions

17/7/19

Hackney

Transport strike - blockade foils employers

17/7/19

NSSN

NSSN conference 2019: at the heart of trade union struggle

17/7/19

Climate change

Socialist change to end climate change

17/7/19

Socialist Party

Excellent response to building fund appeal

17/7/19

Durham

Durham Miners' Gala

17/7/19

Housing

Residents mobilise to stop eviction

17/7/19

NHS

Campaigners force U-turn over NHS privatisation

17/7/19

Austerity

Leicestershire - No more austerity!

17/7/19

Fighting Fund

Socialist Party Fighting Fund

17/7/19

Fire service

Stop the fire service cuts

17/7/19

National Education Union

Council seeks to take budget deficit out on school staff and pupils

17/7/19

Newham

Newham housing repairs workers announce strike dates

17/7/19

Bradford

Bradford NHS workers strike against privatisation

17/7/19

Lincolnshire

Health visitors strike for the first time ever

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999