Ecology

On the left, a picture of John Bellamy Foster's book Return of Nature. On the right, a photo of him wearing a sweater and glasses.

Marxism and the Origins of the Ecological Critique

John Bellamy Foster’s The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology (Monthly Review Press, 2020) shows the role played by biologists and other scientists with a nonmechanistic, materialist outlook, alongside various Marxists, in laying the foundations of ecology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

[Video] #Climatestrike NYC: The Youth Rise up in the Heart of Capitalism

Lower Manhattan, around Wall Street, is probably the place with the greatest concentration of capitalists in the whole world. On Friday, up to 250,000 youth rocked the narrow city streets lined with skyscrapers. The New York City climate strike demanded immediate action against climate change.

Naomi Klein Wants Us to Be “On Fire”—But With What Kind of Strategy?

On Tuesday evening, author Naomi Klein presented her new book in the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City. To fight the fires of climate change, she wants all of us to be “on fire.” Her books makes “The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.” But what kind of strategy is she proposing to beat the corporations and governments responsible for the catastrophe?

Trade Unionists in Germany Demand: Call an Official Strike for September 20

A month before the Fridays for Future (FFF) “Global Climate Strike” called for September 20, trade unionists in Germany published the following statement calling on the leaders of ver.di, IG Metall, and all trade unions—including those outside the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)—to issue an official strike call for that day. This statement was signed by over 500 workers.

The Solution to Climate Despair Is Disaster Communism

People around the world are feeling terror grief, and despair. The threat of climate change is real. But it doesn’t mean humanity will slide inevitably into barbarism and extinction. “Disaster Communism” offers a way out. A response to Jonathan Franzen.

Thousands Block Coal Mines in Germany to Fight Against Climate Change

Last weekend, nearly 6,000 activists from all over Europe came to block the coal mining infrastructure of RWE, the largest power company in Germany. It was a display of mass civil disobedience calling for “climate justice” and an immediate end to coal power. We must get rid of coal before 2030 if we want to avoid continued global warming.