Labour Leader Keir Starmer has recently staked out a distinct position from the Tory government on climate change, that falls well short of what is needed. Labour proposes that £30 billion is put into a “green recovery” – well below the £85 billion investment proposed by the TUC. There needs to be an unremitting campaign to pressure the government, but Starmer is reluctant to challenge it.
G7 countries have contributed most to climate change and it is absurd to claim that they are leading the way in tackling it. The Tory government defends continued oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. So, its message at COP26 will be “do as I say, not as I do”.
The split in the ruling class – between those who want to continue with business as usual and those who will try to find solutions compatible with capital – is sharply apparent in the US. In the EU the current that thinks this crisis can be “managed” with a few adaptations is in charge – indicating what an unjust transition could look like.
The paralysis currently on display in the US is a grim warning to the rest of the Biden agenda. It also illustrates that bipartisanship is used as a weapon against the left to block all social progress.
The action the G7 summit needs to take on climate change.
Plus the statement calling for the G7 to act on this now.
The overall progress or retreat of humanity, and the outcome of all other issues, will be influenced and determined by the outcome of these two interrelated struggles which will touch the whole of humanity.