National Sections of the L5I:

Environment

Capitalism, pollution and the solution

Over 3200 Bangladeshis lost their lives as a result of Cyclone Sidr, with another 2 million struggling for basic necessities like food, water, shelter and medicines. This is the shocking reality of climate change - it is not just a polar bear floating away on a small piece of ice in the Arctic. Climate change impacts the weather patterns across the globe causing droughts, floods, desertification, temperature increases, an increase in wild and unpredictable weather like hurricanes - which has a serious effect on human existence, especially those in more precarious places such as Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world. Read more...

Extreme weather puts spotlight on climate crisis

More extreme weather events are being reported around the globe, killing many thousands and making millions homeless. Simon Hardy argues that capitalism, a root cause of climate change, cannot even handle the misery and suffering which results. Read more...

Can Marxist theory and class struggle avert environmental catastrophe?

Must human progress lead to environmental degradation? The writings of classical Marxism have often been accused of identifying progress with the ceaseless march of industry and production, regardless of its environmental consequences. As Luke Cooper shows, this common misconception could not be more wrong. Marxism not only explains the causes of the current ecological crisis, but also shows how working class struggle can overcome it. A harmonious relation with our natural environment and the development we need to fight global poverty is perfectly possible and necessary. But it means overthrowing global capitalism Read more...

How can we stop climate change?

When George W Bush sits down at the G8 summit in Germany to talk about climate change, he won’t be thinking about the environment – he will be thinking about US firms like Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, and Citigroup. His sole objective is to protect American big business interests and their profits. Read more...

Imperialists line up against North Korea

The detonation of a nuclear device underground by the North Korean regime has sent the Imperialist warmongers in the West into frenzy. Tony Snow the neo con White House Spokesmen was quoted as saying “A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act, in defiance of the will of the international community and of our call to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in North East Asia... We expect the Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act.” Japan has announced stringent sanctions which ban all North Korean imports, and citizens, from entering Japan. The US is pushing for an UN sponsored sanctions against Kim Jong-Ils country. The UN itself organised an emergency session to discuss, and condemn the actions of the North. Read more...

Heatwave: Australia burns while polluters profit

It’s been a week of bushfire in the southern states of Australia, with locals and firefighters suffering under the conditions. Read more...

New Orleans: another Bush victim

The tragedy of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was both a huge natural disaster, and a product of poverty, racism and imperialism. The answer, argues Sean Murray, is a new American revolution Read more...

Earth Summit solves nothing

Leaders of over 120 countries, surrounded by rock stars and the world’s media, assemble in Rio this month to discuss what can be done to reverse the greenhouse effect and the depletion of the ozone layer. But the only significant effect the Earth Summit will have on the environment will be the emission of a great quantity of hot air, writes Keith Harvey. Read more...