I read an interesting article this morning on climate change in the Guardian today, “Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored).” It links to a second article I haven’t read yet but will, “How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous.”
Climate change is a discussion that can be quickly derailed by battling scientists (though 97% of publishing climate scientists concur that human activity is accelerating any natural warming), energy industry misinformation, skeptical politicians, or some activists with over-the-top doomsday scenarios. Nonetheless I’m convinced that some kind of climate doomsday is looming, but have no idea when or how. I believe at some point we’ll hit a tipping point beyond which any number of environmental dominos will start to fall — a cascade of events we won’t be able to reverse. I’ve read estimates suggesting we’re just a few short years away. I don’t know…
What I do know is that a meaningful solution is impossible under capitalism. The 60-year history outlined in the Guardian article makes this clear enough. The changes needed are so monumental, and the economic disruptions will be so profound, there is simply no way this can be accomplished in a system focused on private profit and investors’ quarterly returns. And if they miraculously figure out a way to profit, it will be too late and huge sectors of the working class will be displaced and pauperized.
The international working class needs to take power, each in their own country. Only then will it be possible for the entire planet to work collectively to resolve this problem which threatens every corner of the Earth. This may sound utopian to some, but socialist revolution in the U.S. is possible, and elsewhere too.
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