From wildfires and hurricanes in the US, to floods in Bangladesh and Europe, and droughts throughout Africa, climate change — 1°C already — is hitting hard. Yet in extreme weather, the years ahead look worse still. Ever-increasing use of fossil fuels and inaction on climate change puts us on a trajectory to more chaotic and destructive extreme weather, and numerous irreversible changes.
This calls not for despair, but for urgency in the radical action and organising that can win the changes we need to limit the destruction. A world limited to 1°C will be almost unimaginably better than a world limited to 1.5°C; 3°C unimaginably better than 4°C.
We — the organised working class, and socialist environmentalists within that — will be the decisive force in determining which future is realised.
This pamphlet seeks to arm activists with the ideas necessary to win this fight, to halt and reverse climate change. It demonstrates the centrality of workers’ action, with articles and reviews on a broad range of topics.
Table of Contents
Table of contents of third edition:
- Stop the fossil fuel reboot!
- The fight on climate adaptation
- Environmentalists in Singapore, on May Day
- Fighting climate crisis — AWL conference document, 2019/20
- Escalating pandemics: Capital abides no limits
- For a Socialist Green New Deal — The fight at Labour conferences
- Marx, ecology, and science — Review of Kohei Saito’s “Marx’s Ecology”
- Socialist politics and climate change
- Workers Action for Climate Justice (Ende Gelände bulletin, 2017).
- Fossil fuels and the rise of capitalism — Review of Andreas Malm’s “Fossil Capital”
- Towards an independent working-class climate movement
- The politics of carbon drawdown — Review of Holly Buck’s “After Geoengineering”, and Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Under a White Sky"
- The shop stewards who represent the future— Review of Paul Hampton’s “Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity”
- Capital, not population, is the culprit — Review of David Attenborough’s “A Life on Our Planet”
- Climate change and extreme energy— Workers’ Liberty conference document, 2013
- Climate resistance must be built from below— Review of Simon Pirani’s “Burning Up”
- William Morris: ecology and the shift to socialism
- Climate change and socialist politics— Workers’ Liberty conference document, 2008
- More rail yes, HS2 maybe not — debate
- COP26: more needed than carbon trading, still
Plus more short features, throughout!