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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2016
Socialist Alternative members on the People's Climate March in New York, 21 September 2014, photo Socialist Alternative (Click to enlarge)
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are due to pass a major milestone this year. Avoiding a calamitous 2°C temperature rise will need a 40 to 70% emissions cut by 2050.
The Met Office has found that CO2 concentration is about to reach 400 parts per million. It must stabilise at no higher than 450 to avoid the 2°C disaster. But far from falling, CO2 emissions have actually risen by a quarter since 1997.
Year after year, climate summits set new and insufficient targets, and promise new and insufficient action to achieve them. Then politicians go back home to their big business paymasters, who remind them that tackling climate change dents profits.
Stopping climate tragedy requires us to remove the profit motive. The trillions stowed away by big business and the super-rich, if commonly owned and democratically planned, could guarantee clean energy. The Socialist says you have to be red to be green.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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