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  1. Anticapitalism and Climate Justice
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The current crisis raises the urgent need to change the world from below and do so from an anticapitalist and radical eco-socialist perspective. Anticapitalism and climate justice are two struggles which must be closely linked.
  2. Beyond capitalist green economy: In defence of Mother Earth and the commons
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    The Democratic Left Front calls for action against destructive corporate interests that are driving the commercialisation and commodification of the natural environment.
  3. Canada Since 1960: A People's History
    A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2016
    An account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the 1960s to today, seen through the eyes of Canadian Dimension magazine.
  4. Capitalism is failing the planet
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with environmental sustainability because of three key features that are inherent to the system.
  5. Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    So long as we live under capitalism, today, tomorrow, next year and every year thereafter, economic growth will always be the overriding priority till we barrel right off the cliff to collapse.
  6. "Climate Justice" and the Left: The Necessity of a Mass Movement
    Against The Current vol. 141

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The climate crisis -- a crisis not of civilization, as some commentators would have it, but of capitalist production -- requires a political response that is long overdue, and is finally stirring. Now that the movement against global warming is brewing, socialists must get involved.
  7. Climate Struggles and Ecosocialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    The hard right U.S. administration of Donald Trump has widened the terrain of struggle over climate change and, indeed, the entire array of environmental issues facing the ecology of North America and the working class movement.
  8. The Closing Circle
    Man, Technology & the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    Commoner argues that economic life must be structured to conform to the principles of ecology, as opposed to the goal of unlimited growth that underpins capitalist economies.
  9. Barry Commoner 1917-2012
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Barry Commoner, biologist, environmental, socialist, humanist, and one of the central leaders of the anti-nuclear-testing movement, dies at 95. He is particularly remembered for the “Four Laws of Ecology” he laid out in his book The Closing Circle: (1) Everything is connected to everything else. (2) Everything must go somewhere. (3) Nature knows best. (4) There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  10. Ecology and Socialism
    Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    The current environmental movement is at an impasse, stuck on false panaceas like cap-and-trade, cutting individual consumption (“live other so that others may simply live”), and outright reactionary “solutions” that revolve around some form of population control (as if the number of people on the planet was the problem rather than the nature of the relationship between said people and the planet). Williams does an excellent job debunking these notions with a plethora of factual information and empirical data.
  11. The Ecology of Freedom
    The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2005
    Bookchin's synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future.
  12. Ecosocialism: Why greens must be red and reds must be green
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    Ian Angus argues for a movement based on socialist and ecological principles, to save humanity and the rest of nature from capitalist ecocide.
  13. Ecosocialist Groups & Websites
    Resource Type: Website
    A list of ecosocialist websites and groups.
  14. Ecosocialist International Network website archive
    Documents from 2009 to 2013

    Resource Type: Website
    Documents and articles that are relevant to ecosocialism.
  15. "Embodied Materialism" and Ecosocialism
    Book review

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Detailed chapter-by-chapter review of Ariel Salleh's Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx, and the Postmodern.
  16. The Enemy of Nature
    The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2007
    We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the destruction of community -- are all playing a part in the destruction of our ecosystem.
  17. EnvironmentSources.com
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2017
    Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  18. Five Challenges for Ecosocialists in 2008
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2007
    Ecosocialism is not separate from the existing left and green movements, and it is not a structured movement on its own. Rather, it is a current of thought within existing socialist and green-left movements, seeking to win ecology activists to socialism and to convince socialists of the vital importance of ecological issues and struggles.
  19. The Great Unraveling: Using Science and Philosophy to Decode Modernity
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    All of this ecological destruction has been driven by America’s most popular exports: capitalism and imperialism. William Hawes talked about using science and philosophy to decode modernity.
  20. The Greening of Marxism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1996
    An examination of the influence of green politics on Marxism.
  21. How to create an ecological society
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    A review of the book "Creating an Ecological Society: Towards A Revolutionary Transformation" by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, which addresses different aspects of the debate on the politics of the environment.
  22. How will we get to an ecological civilization?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Capitalism's infrastructure, which is designed to dominate nature, cannot simply be taken over and used for an ecological transformation. Only a complete, root-and-branch change will do the job.
  23. In Defense of Ecological Marxism: John Bellamy Foster responds to a critic
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    One of the most important books of Marxist theory published in recent years is Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature, in which John Bellamy Foster rediscovered and expanded on Marx’s understanding of the alienation of human beings from the natural world, crystallized in the concept of metabolic rift. In a recent conversation, Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus asked Foster about Moore’s criticisms of ecological Marxism.
  24. John Bellamy Foster answers five questions about Marxism and ecology
    Can Marxism strengthen our understanding of ecological crises? The author of Marx's Ecology replies to a critic on metabolic rift, sustainab

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    In the Anthropocene, we are faced with the eventual prospect, if society continues to follow the path of business as usual, of the end of civilization (in the sense of organized human society) and even potentially of the human species itself. But well before that hundreds of millions of people will be affected by increasing droughts, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events of all kinds.
  25. Life without Limits: The Delusions of Technological Fundamentalism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    In a routinely delusional world, what is the most dangerous delusion? This delusion is not limited to one country, one group, or one political party, but rather is the unstated assumption of everyday life in the high-energy/high-technology industrial world. This is the delusion that we are -- to borrow from the title of a particularly delusional recent book -- the god species.
  26. The long ecological revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Up until the rise of the ecological movement in the late twentieth century, the conquest of nature was a universal trope, often equated with progress under capitalism (and sometimes socialism). To be sure, the notion, as utilized in science, was a complex one. As Francis Bacon, the idea's leading early proponent, put it, "nature is only overcome by obeying her." Only by following nature's laws, therefore, was it possible to conquer her.
  27. Marx and Nature
    A Red and Green Perspective

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural conditions. Paul Burkett shows that it is Marx's overriding concern with human emancipation that impels him to approach nature from the standpoint of materialist history, sociology, and critical political economy.
  28. Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective - Book Review
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Essential reading for ecosocialists. Paul Burkett shows that humanity's relationship to nature is central to Marx’s critique of capitalism and vision of socialism.
  29. Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Socialist thought is re-emerging at the forefront of the movement for global ecological and social change.
  30. Marxism as if the planet mattered
    A Return to Marx's Ecological Critique

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels held that capitalism inevitably tears apart the natural conditions that sustain life. They argued capitalism's exploitation of working people, and the unsustainable exploitation of nature, were linked and part of the same process.
  31. Marxism and the Earth: A defence of the classical tradition
    Book review of Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Marxist analyses of the natural world have been the focus of intense debate recently, and the publication of any book that further explores what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about the subject is something to be welcomed. John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett have proven track records of writing some of the clearest books on the subject, and while Marx and the Earth is not a specific response to some of their recent critics, it is an important defence of Marx’s and Engels’s original work.
  32. Marxism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
  33. A Marxist Ecological Vision
    Against The Current vol. 161

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    The questions facing environmental activists, and socialists in particular, range from the sheer scale of the environmental disasters already underway to the problems of beginning a transition from a system organized around massive consumption of fossil fuels, vast megacities and global agribusiness.
  34. Natural Causes
    Essays in Ecological Marxism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1998
    O'Connor provides an ecological Marxist analysis and suggests new political strategies.
  35. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 27, 2014
    Climate Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2014
    The theme for this issue, and the topic of the week, is Climate Change. Groups and websites engaged in the fight for action on global warming and climate justice are featured. Book of the week is Magdoff and Foster's "What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism." In addition to articles on climate change, there are articles on Ebola, corporate tax evasion, and state terrorism, as well as a 1971 interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
  36. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 15, 2015
    Workers' Health and Safety

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    The topic of the week is Workers' Health and Safety. Articles on why environmentalists should support working class struggles; whistleblowers; the appalling death rate from U.S. drone strikes; the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris; and what humanity could learn from Bonobos. The feature from the archives is Traces of Magma. The International Labor Rights Forum is the group of the week, and Silkwood is the film of the week.
  37. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015
    Climate Change and Social Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a product of an economic system whose driving force is the need to grow and accumulate. Nor does it affect everyone equally: those with wealth and power can buy themselves what they need to continue living comfortably for years to come - everything from air conditioning to food to police and soldiers to protect their secure bubbles - while those who are poor and powerless find their lives increasingly impossible. A serious effort to address climate change therefore means social change and economic change.
  38. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015
    Ecosocialism, environment, and urban gardening

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    This issue of Other Voices covers a wide range of issues, from the climate crisis and the ecosocialist response, to terrorism and the struggle against religious fundamentalism, as well as items on urban gardening, the destruction of olive trees, and how the police are able to use Google's timeline feature to track you every move, now and years into the past.
  39. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 19, 2015
    Utopia

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to live in. Such dreams can inspire us and guide us, even if they are not always quite practical. This issue of Other Voices peers into the world of utopian visions, practical or otherwise.
  40. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016
    Workers and Climate Change

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    Working people -- and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about the needed rapid change away from a fossil fuel based economy, working people are the ones who stand to bear most of the costs, including the cost, for millions of workers and their families, of losing their jobs.
    Many elements of the environmental movement have been guilty of ignoring working people, while others actually blame ordinary working people for climate change and the injustices associated with it. Yet it is working people who are dying, in many places, even now, from excessive heat in factories, fields, construction sites, and homes. And million of working people stand to lose their jobs, homes, and communities in the transition to a low-carbon or no-carbon economy.
  41. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 18, 2017
    Public Transit

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2017
    Public transit - good affordable public transit - is key to a liveable city. Around the world, there are movements of transit riders fighting for better public transit. A key perspective guiding many of these struggles is the idea that transit should be free, that is, paid for not by fares, but out of general revenues. This is how roads are normally funded: their construction and maintenance are paid for by taxes, rarely by user fees. Free public transit by itself would not be enough, however. We also need good transit, transit that runs frequently and goes where people want to go.
  42. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 25, 2018
    Looking for Answers, Creating Alternatives

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2018
    This issue of Other Voices features people who are questioning and challenging the way the world works and trying to create better alternatives.
  43. The Politics of Repair
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The politics of repair are often invisible, hidden by the idea that repair is no more than the mundane practice of putting what is broken or worn-out back in good working order.
  44. Radical Digressions
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2017
    Ulli Diemer's website/blog featuring comment from a radical left-libertarian Marxist perspective.
  45. Socialism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
  46. Socialist Register 1993
    Volume 29: Real Problems False Solutions

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1993
  47. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.
  48. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and society – with Richard Swift.
  49. Thoughts on a Timely Narrative for the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    "Without a story every battle is lost”, formulated the authors of the Wu Ming group, whose name demonstrators in Rome had on their shields which protected them from the police clubs. With the naming of great authors and narratives of world literature on their book shields they were indicating that power does not shy back from violently attacking even intellect and beauty.
  50. What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism
    A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power — no matter how “green” — are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.
  51. Workers and Climate Change
    Introduction to the July 23, 2016 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Many elements of the environmental movement have been guilty of ignoring working people, while others actually blame ordinary working people for climate change and the injustices associated with it. Yet it is working people who are dying, in many places, even now, from excessive heat in factories, fields, construction sites, and homes. And million of working people stand to lose their jobs, homes, and communities in the transition to a low-carbon or no-carbon economy.

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