Climate change poses a real and current threat to human existence. In recent years we have seen rising sea levels and a rise in the number of extreme weather events.
It is positive to see the ongoing protests against Dalradian Gold’s plans for mining in the Sperrin Mountains and storing cyanide on site. This threatens a potential leak into the local water supply, as has previously happened in Romania, causing a massive fish kill.
The technology and the wealth necessary to tackle climate change exist, but capitalism’s incessant, myopic drive for profit above all else is a fundamental barrier to safeguarding our further. By taking society’s wealth out of the hands of the super-rich elite and using it in a planned and democratic way, we could rapidly transfer to renewable energy, creating millions of jobs in planning, constructing and maintaining the infrastructure necessary for this, and furthermore, providing electricity and other vital services for vast swathes of the world currently lacking. Environmentalists must campaign for socialist solutions to climate change – the only real solutions – and discard the half-measures of capitalism.
While Trump’s climate change denial is now close to unique among world leaders, capitalism is fundamentally incapable of dealing with this crisis, as profit – the system’s motor force – must come before all else. Based as it is upon competition between corporations and nation states for profits and dominance, it is incapable of realising the co-ordinated, structural transformation in our economy and infrastructure needed, particularly serious action to end our reliance upon fossil fuels.
As we write this, at least 47 people have been confirmed dead, and many more are feared drowned in their submerged cars and homes. At least 100,000 homes have been destroyed according to Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Tens of thousands have sought temporary shelters in convention centers and much less certain shelter in the medium term.
Tump has embraced the isolated voices of the global warming sceptics by pulling the USA out of the Paris climate accord. In his official announcement, Trump expressed a willingness to renegotiate an agreement that “is fair to the US, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers”.
Those opposed to fracking – hydraulic fracturing, a controversial and potentially dangerous and environmental destructive form of gas extraction – have met with very different results over the past months.
By Donal O’Cofaigh Exploration company Infrastrata have called off drilling in Woodburn forest near Carrickfergys, saying that they found only water where they had hoped to find oil. After spending weeks onsite, paying for aggressive security teams and obtaining injunctions against protesters, they pulled out as quickly as they went […]