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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. As Temperatures Climb Across the Country, Workers Will Suffer
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The summer of 2016 is barely two weeks old, but this year is already on track to break high temperature records in the United States. On June 20, cities across the Southwest and into Nevada reached all-time triple-digit highs. Meanwhile, every single state experienced spring temperatures above average, with some in the Northwest reaching record highs. These temperatures have already proved deadly, killing five hikers in Arizona earlier this month. Triple-digit heat earlier that same week is also being blamed for the deaths of two construction workers, 49-year old Dale Heitman in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 15 and 55-year old Thomas F. “Tommy” Barnes on June 14 at the Monsanto campus in nearby Chesterfield, Missouri.
  3. Austerity vs. the Planet:The Future of Labour Environmentalism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Last December members of the International Trade Union Confederation joined other civil society activists in a mass sit-in at the COP21 talks in Paris. Unionists and their allies, some 400 strong, filled the social space adjacent to the negotiating rooms for several hours, in defiance of a French ban on protests that remained in effect in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks. The ITUC delegation demanded the negotiators go back to the table and make a serious effort to incorporate labour's demands for a just transition – which, at its heart, is concerned with making sure workers in environmentally unsustainable industries are retrained and put to work building a new, sustainable economy.
  4. Beckoning Committed Climate Activists
    Extreme Weather and Even More Extreme Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    It is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated.
  5. 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.
  6. A Call For A Fair Shares Agreement: Will Justice Prevail in Paris?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    For most people the word justice conjures up images of superheroes and supreme courts. It seems a grand notion with little bearing on the practicalities of daily life. And when applied to the climate crisis it seems even less comprehensible. But the shocking thing about climate justice is that not only can it be calculated -- it can be achieved.
  7. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  8. Climate change and social change
    Introduction to the November 21, 2015 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    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.
  9. Climate Change As Genocide
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Is this what a world battered by climate change will be like—one in which tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of people perish from disease, starvation, and heat prostration while the rest of us, living in less exposed areas, essentially do nothing to prevent their annihilation?
  10. Climate change: It's going to take a revolution
    Resource Type: Film
    Published: 2015
    A new video by Suhail Ilyas: The growing strength of the climate movement around the world gives us great hope, but it's going to take a revolution to make the world inhabitable for future generations.
  11. Climate Fast: Rae Signs, Will Mulcair Sign? Environment Minister Kent is a No Show
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Climate Fasters end their 12 day fast, tired but elated as pledges of support continue to flow in. Solidarity vigils held in Toronto, Halifax and Salt Springs.
  12. Climate Insurgency
    A Strategy for Survival

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    Twenty-five years of human effort have failed even to slow climate change, let alone reverse it. Climate Insurgency lays out a strategy for protecting the earth s climate: a global nonviolent constitutional insurgency. This short book starts with a brief history of official climate protection efforts from above and non-governmental ones from below that explains why climate protection has failed so far. Then, it proposes a global nonviolent insurgency for climate protection to overcome that failure.
  13. Climate Jobs for All
    Building Block for the Green New Deal

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    This article discusses the federal jobs guarantee (JG) concept which is also known as "jobs for all." The advocates of JG generally include climate protection as one of many types of work beneficial to the public that might be included in a jobs guarantee program.
  14. Climate Jobs for All
    Building Block for the Green New Deal

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    A federal climate jobs guarantee (CJG) is a proposed program similar to the New Deal's WPA that would prioritize jobs that protect and improve the environment. Polls show that the program has popular support and could be a major political force in 2020.
  15. "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.
  16. Climate justice and the prospect of power
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A balance sheet of the movement to block the cross-Toronto 'Line 9' pipeline project. With notes on the meaning of "climate justice" and the relationship of socialism to social movements.
  17. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2018
    Stories of the impact of and resistance to climate change from grassroots activists around the world.
  18. Climate justice and migration in the media
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    A climate justice narrative is needed to communicate and enhance public understanding of migration induced by climate change. Key components must include human rights protection, greater equity in burdens sharing, and participation in decision-making processes.
  19. Climate justice movement shakes Canada's New Democratic Party
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The impact of the Leap Manifesto at the party convention, argues Richard Fidler, opens major opportunities to deepen the debate on climate justice and to build an ecosocialist left in and around the NDP.
  20. Climate Justice Transitions
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The devastating fires in Fort McMurray show the urgent need to transition to an economy that supports people and the planet, and this is part of a transition in climate justice politics.
  21. ClimateFast
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
    ClimateFast is a group of dedicated climate activists, deeply concerned about worsening climate change. Our aim is to draw the public's attention to the crisis, and by fasting and public pledges to press our politicians into action NOW to confront this greatest threat to our children's future.
  22. CO2 Emissions are Being 'Outsourced' by Rich Countries to Rising Economies
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Greenhouse gas output of China and elsewhere is increased by making goods that are then used in the US and Europe.
  23. Connexions Library: Environment Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
  24. COP21, Paris: 'Another world is possible, necessary and urgent'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The greatest danger of the Paris conference is that the global South will be bullied into to accepting a terrible deal rather than leave with none at all. That gives civil society an essential role - to support the resistance of developing country representatives inside the summit to an unjust and ineffective agreement imposed on them by the rich, powerful, high-emitting nations.
  25. Creating an Ecological Society
    Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2017
    Because it aims squarely at replacing capitalism with an ecologically sound and socially just society, Creating an Ecological Society is filled with revolutionary hope. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, who have devoted their lives to activism, Marxist analysis, and ecological science, provide informed, fascinating accounts of how a new world can be created from the ashes of the old.
  26. Disobedience
    The rise of the global fossil fuel resistance

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2016
    Disobedience is a film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.
  27. 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.
  28. Fighting for climate justice
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Climate change is a key factor in oppression of the poor worldwide.
  29. 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.
  30. For Workers' Climate Action
    Climate Change and Working-Class Struggle

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A new collection of articles and reviews on the fight against dangerous climate change, capitalism and workers' organisation and struggle. Urges the left to reach out to climate activists to make the case that being "anti-capitalist" is important but not enough.
  31. Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If we’re going to see coal-fired power plants and oil refineries and chemical plants shut down we need to have a real vision about what the future looks like for those workers, their families and their communities.
  32. How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Co-operation between labour and climate groups may be possible in the Trump era.
  33. How Much Does Climate Change Change?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A review Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything.
  34. How the People's Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    I've never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walking the dog and eating brunch.
  35. How to Promote a Just Transition and Break out of the jobs vs. environment trap
    A Superfund for Workers

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A strategy has been emerging to protect workers and communities whose livelihoods may be threatened by climate protection policies. Protecting those who lose their jobs due to necessary environmental policies has often been referred to as a "just transition."
  36. Hungry for Climate Leadership - Day 9 of Fast for Climate Justice on the Hill
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    It's Day 9 and the Fasters are hungry, but determined to convey the urgency of the crisis to our elected officials and asks them to end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon and develop a National Renewable Energy Plan.
  37. Labor in the Age of Climate Change
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Climate change must be stopped. But who will do the stopping? Who, in other words, could be the political subject of an anticapitalist climate revolution? Stefania Barca argues that this social agent could be, and indeed must be, the global working class. Yet to play this role, the working class must develop an emancipatory ecological class consciousness.
  38. The liberal climate agenda is doomed to failure
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Liberal environmentalism represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin - that 'playing nice' with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians can yield results worth having. Radical change on climate will only result from bold, confrontational direct actions against the fossil fuel industries and their apologists.
  39. Like a Dull Knife: The People's Climate "Farce"
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Even in a top-down format, one hopes the upcoming march could draw much-needed attention to the climate movement.
  40. The Need for Clear Demands at the Peoples' Climate March
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    In New York City on September 21st, a major climate march is planned. It will take place two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit -- a one-day closed door session where the world's "leaders" will discuss "ambitions" for the upcoming climate conference (COP20) in Lima Peru.
  41. On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2019
    An excerpt from the book The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank. An account of environmental activists fighting massive industries to save the environment.
  42. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 4, 2014
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Information about the Connexions Alternative Media List and the Labor Film Archive. Articles on corporations spying on non-profits, workplace deaths, Monsanto and Ukraine, and liberal environmentalism. Topic of the week is Violence Against Journalists. Book of the week is Bold Scientists.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016
    Science and its enemies

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of the equally sincere lip service they pay to the ideals of democracy. And, in the same way that governments and private corporations devote considerable efforts to undermining the reality of democracy, so too they are frequently found trying to block and subvert science when the evidence it produces runs counter to their interests. Real live scientists doing real live science, it seems, are not nearly as loveable as Science in the abstract.
  47. 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.
  48. Prelude to Paris: Four Tragic Tactics by President Obama and Four Climate Justice Proposals He Must Support
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    In December 2015 the world's governments meet in Paris for a truly historic event -- the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference. (UNFCCC). The objective of the conference is to protect Mother Earth from the assault of its most ungrateful inhabitants. The challenge is whether Homo sapiens, especially those of the ruling classes of the United States and Europe, can be civilized by the rest of the world before it is too late for all of us.
  49. Siloed Thinking, Climate, and Disposable People
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Judith Deutch takes a look at the human side of the climate disaster and the constricted way of thinking about it, as even those who do recognize anthropogenic climate change still do not examine a range of critical interactions.
  50. Sources welcomes Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Sources welcomes a new member: Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC.
  51. System Change Not Climate Change
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2011
    A website with multimedia resources intended to educate and inspire people to take collective action for climate justice.
  52. This is What Insurgency Looks Like
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The call to Break Free from Fossil Fuels envisioned "tens of thousands of people around the world rising up" to take back control of their own destiny; "sitting down" to "block the business of government and industry that threaten our future"; conducting "peaceful defense of our right to clean energy." That's just what happened.
  53. Tony Mazzocchi Lives: Blue-Green Organizer Takes Up 'Just Transition' Mantle
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Union and environmental activist Alex Lotorto believes environmentalists should be working more closely with organized labour and following the advice of some of labour's more enlightened leaders.
  54. Towards Workers' Climate Action
    Book review

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A review of a book and a pamphlet by Paul Hampton, both on the urgent need for workers' action on climate change.
  55. Unity for the Climate
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  56. 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.
  57. Why We Need A "No Compromise" Climate Movement
    Between Empire And Its Subjects

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Successful campaigns against strip mining in the Appalachians have included peaceful legal tactics like petitioning, letters to the editor, education, marches and protests, as well as civil disobedience, industrial sabotage, armed defense of Appalachians’ property and other tactics that are viewed as insurrectionary and violent by today’s mainstream environmentalists.
  58. Without a Popular Movement We Don't Stand a Chance: Andreas Malm on Climate Change
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    An interview with the author of "Fossil Capital and The Progress of This Storm", who says there are reasons to be hopeful but significant progress will require a global movement of unprecedented scale.
  59. 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.
  60. Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity
    Tackling climate change in a neoliberal world

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    Paul Hampton, a Marxist trade union researcher in Britain, addresses the role of workers in the climate justice movement, as well as the tasks of revolutionaries.

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