‘CAPITALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE’ – Claim: ‘Capitalism is accelerating the global climate change consequences’
The sole ideology of the capitalism, with focusing on the profits instead on the sustainable development is responsible for the biggest part of the continuation of the devastating rise of the CO2 levels, which will have far reaching impacts on the whole world. The privatization of the public sector, deregulation of the private sector with lowering the taxes on profits for private companies and organizations are done at the expense of public spending and have the logic which is incompatible with the sustainability and needed actions to tackle global climate issues. What is worse, the World Trade Organization – WTO makes it possible to act against almost all international and national climate actions which were taken to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. Private companies are making money and are not paying for the environmental damage done in the process and are serving only the interest of the few .
The book gives good examples of the impacts of the capitalism and free trade on the environment and climate. It is focused on presenting the ideology of capitalism, which is based on spending, materialism, debt and causes with the trade pollution to which no one takes responsibility for. The trade and environment are regarded as two separated things, but they have mutual effect and should be regarded as such. The importance of the trade over the environment is seen from various different global trade agreements. Further on, the emissions caused because of the products produced in developing countries and used in West has been six times greater from emission savings of all industrialized countries. The overall emissions are increasing because the companies are moving their production in parts of the world with less strict environmental rules. It is concerning that despite greater public awareness about the climate change consequences the emissions are still increasing with continuation of the use of unsustainable resources. The developed world is blaming developing countries such as China, India, Brazil and others and gives a blind eye on the fact that their private companies under free trade are causing the most environmental damage.…
Klein: ‘You know, I have to give credit to John Kerry in terms of the fact that he’s been out front making the connection between the civil war in Syria and climate change, that before the outbreak of civil war, Syria experienced the worst drought in its history and that led to an internal migration of between 1.5 and 2 million people, and when you have that kind of massive internal migration, it exacerbates tension in an already tense place.’
‘We find ourselves in this moment where there are no non-radical options left before us. Change or be changed, right? And what we mean by that is that climate change, if we don’t change course, if we don’t change our political and economic system, is going to change everything about our physical world. And that is what climate scientists are telling us when they say business as usual leads to three to four degrees Celsius of warming. That’s the road we are on. We can get off that road, but we’re now so far along it, we’ve put off the crucial policies for so long, that now we can’t do it gradually. We have to swerve, right? And swerving requires such a radical departure from the kind of political and economic system we have right now that we pretty much have to change everything.’
What seems to have happened is that the international far left, having been decisively routed with the collapse of the Soviet Union and of international communism, has attached itself to the environmental movement, usurped the leading positions in it from the bird-watching, butterfly-collecting, and conservation organizations, and is carrying on its anti-capitalist and anarchist crusade behind the cover of eco-Armageddonism.
While this has been rather skillfully executed, many office-holders and aspirants, including Mr. Obama, have used dire environmental scenarios to distract their electorates from their own policy failures, much as Arab powers have long diluted anger at despotic misgovernment by harping on the red herring of Israel.…
In Paris: McKibben & Naomi Klein ‘Prosecuting’ on behalf of Exxon’s ‘victims’: ‘The People Vs. ExxonMobil A Public Trial for the Greatest Climate Crime of the Century’
THE PEOPLE VS. EXXONMOBIL:
Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
Pacific Climate Warriors Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner; Joydeep Gupta of Third Pole Network; journalist Antonia Juhasz; Cindy Baxter of ExxonSecrets; Climate Scientist Jason Box; Ken Henshaw of Social Action Nigeria; Texas environmental justice advocate Bryan Parras ; and more.
This Saturday, renowned authors and climate activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are hosting a public trial of ExxonMobil at the COP21 People’s Climate Summit in Montreuil. They’ll interview a series of star witness from around the world about Exxon’s lies and the climate impacts they, and other fossil fuel companies like Total, are responsible for.
A series of new revelations revealed that ExxonMobil scientists knew about climate change decades ago, but chose to bury the information and mislead the public and their shareholders about the dangers of the problem. Instead of warning the world about the climate crisis, Exxon spent millions to protect their profits at the expense of people everywhere.
Now, the pressure on Exxon is growing to pay for their crimes, with the #ExxonKnew campaign growing stronger everyday. In the United States, presidential candidates are calling for a formal investigation, the New York State Attorney General has launched a subpoena, and Secretary of State John Kerry has said Exxon could lose “billions” in a class action lawsuit.
Come hear the case against Exxon and join the movement to challenge the most dangerous company on the planet.
“The rapidly evolving Exxon scandal may represent the next great phase of the climate movement. Many of its victims are represented here in Paris, so it’s the perfect opportunity to collect testimony to the damage that 25 years of Exxon’s deception has wrought,” — Bill McKibben
Warmist Naomi Klein: ‘Climate change is violence’ – ‘When govts & corporations knowingly fail to act to prevent catastrophic warming, that is an act of violence’
Klein’s narrative rests heavily on moral disgust with market-based mechanisms and the cold reasoning associated with them. She dismisses the “language of risk assessment,” a traditional economist way of measuring the dangers of climate change, and approvingly quotes a spiritual leader who tells her, “Water is holy.”
U.N. efforts to fight climate change have only been under way since 1988. Compare this with the notion of replacing capitalism with a radical egalitarian alternative, which has been around for a century and a half. The project does not seem to be moving forward. Waiting to limit the damage of greenhouse-gas emissions until the people can overthrow the yoke of unfettered capitalism may represent the most dangerous advice the left has come up with in a very long time.…
Warmist UK Guardian: This Changes Everything review – ‘Naomi Klein’s documentary on climate change doesn’t’
There’s no depth to Klein’s on-screen relationship to her subjects (she’s shown scribbling on a pad, tapping on a laptop, staring absently at landfill), so they become that worst of environmental documentary cliches: the Other people that climate change is happening to.…