A glimmer of hope from Warsaw – another failed climate summit

4th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Christina Prentice

Anyone keeping one eye on the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw could be forgiven for concluding that the, now routine, spectacle of international bickering is messy but, on the whole, is guiding the world to hold back climate change. Politicians attend, they tell the world’s media that there have been difficult negotiations – even staying up all night. And at the last minute a deal is struck and we are told there has been great progress. It’s all a sham of course.

Photo: Monty Rakusen/Science Photo Library

Time to stand up to the Tory war on green investment

15th November 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Christina Prentice

Cameron’s attempt to regain the political agenda over the cost of living crisis by pledging to “roll back green charges” on energy bills was not only cynical but damaging and should be actively opposed.

Cynical because Cameron knows that green and social investment to insulate the leaky homes of older people and people in fuel poverty are not the main drivers of energy bill hikes – gas prices and super profits are. In the last eight years, energy bills have risen by £520.  The Committee on Climate Change says that the vast majority of this has been because of the rising price of gas.  Low carbon technologies have added just £30 in that time.

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Action on climate change – an urgent priority for socialists

23rd January 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Paula Lewis

The most important political battle of human history is being fought at this very moment, a battle not only for justice but also for human survival

Fidel Castro Ruz, December 2009 talking about climate change

Fighting for the measures necessary to avert catastrophic climate change needs to be at the centre of socialist thinking and action.

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Copenhagen talks lay bare the class conflict at the heart of climate change

22nd December 2009 Socialist Action 0

By Paul Lewis

The failed climate change talks in Copenhagen last week demonstrated how climate change has become a central aspect of the international class struggle.

By failing to agree binding terms to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the capitalist nations, led by the USA, have demonstrated that they are prepared to allow the avoidable suffering of hundreds of millions of Africans, Asians, Caribbeans and Latin Americans, rather than risk a challenge to its model of capitalist imperialism that has dominated humanity for over two centuries.