Environmental Crisis

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Academics Urge Government Climate Action: Sources News Release
Article
2009
More than 500 university faculty members from universities across Canada signed a letter to the Canadian Government calling for immediate drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The letter poi...
Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, dive...
Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma
Smith, Richard
Article
2014
So long as we live under capitalism, today, tomorrow, next year and every year thereafter, economic growth will always be the overriding priority till we barrel right off the cliff to collapse.
Climate politics must be as radical as the climate crisis
Butler, Simon
Article
2013
If the climate action movement allows its goals to be shaped by what is permissible in a capitalist economy then it has already failed. To respond to the climate emergency, our politics must be as rad...
The Closing Circle: Man, Technology & the Environment
Commoner, Barry
Book
1971
Commoner argues that economic life must be structured to conform to the principles of ecology, as opposed to the goal of unlimited growth that underpins capitalist economies. ...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Connexions Library: Environment Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming
fillmore, Nick
Article
2013
Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is "very excited" about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. But there are questions about wheth...
The Dead End of Climate Justice: How NGO Bureaucrats and Greenwashed Corporations are Turning Nature Into Investment Capital
Simons, Tim; Tonak, Ali
Article
2010
The notion of climate debt, highlighted as the principle avenue of struggle for the climate justice movement, poses some large problems. Contemporary demands for reparations justified by the notion of...
Death By A Thousand Cuts: Earth Enters The 'Danger Zone'
Media Lens
Article
2015
2014 was the warmest year on record for the world; possibly the warmest in 5000 years. Even worse, this warming will soon double the pollution levels of our planet. Meanwhile, corporate media couldn't...
Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered
Devall, Bill & Sessions, George
Book
Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition
Young, Patrick
Article
2016
If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If we’re going to se...
Green on Red: Evolving Ecological Socialism
Vorst, Jesse; Dobson, Ross; Fletcher, Ron
Book
Essays exploring alternative economic and political strategies within an ecological context.
Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Reach New Record: Sources News Release
Article
2013
The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet ...
Hard Core Green: How to Kick Corporate Butt
Wasserman, Harvey
Article
2010
Two uncompromised green activists and writers completely focused on winning, and utterly void of bullshit.
How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together
Barbagallo, Camille
Article
2014
A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
How to Promote a Just Transition and Break out of the jobs vs. environment trap: A Superfund for Workers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2015
A strategy has been emerging to protect workers and communities whose livelihoods may be threatened by climate protection policies. Protecting those who lose their jobs due to necessary environmental ...
Humanity Imperiled: The Path To Disaster
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That's been true since 1945. It's now being finally recognized that there are more ...
Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?
Monbiot, George
Article
2015
Fire is raging across the 5,000km length of Indonesia.It is hard to convey the scale of this inferno, but here’s a comparison that might help: it is currently producing more carbon dioxide than the US...
The IPCC report: Between nightmare and revolution
Tanuro, Daniel
Article
2014
Belgian ecosocialist Daniel Tanuro says the latest IPCC report has sounded an alarm that we must not ignore. Only radical change can avert climate disaster.
The Late Great Lakes: An Environmental History
Ashworth, William
Book
1986
Ashworth presents five common misunderstandings about the Great Lakes and advocates for improvements, remedial action and ecosystem strategies.
A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice
Russell, Joshua Kahn; D'Arcy, Stephen; Weis, Tony; Black, Toban
Book
2014
The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to quite explicitly marry concern for frontl...
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective
Burkett, Paul
Book
1999
While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural ...
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective - Book Review
Empson, Martin
Article
2015
Essential reading for ecosocialists. Paul Burkett shows that humanity's relationship to nature is central to Marx’s critique of capitalism and vision of socialism.
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
Grassroots movement organizations from every continent will hold a global week of action called Break Free From Fossil Fuels in May 2016. They envision tens of thousands of people mobilizing worldwide...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2016: Forests and trees
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
For countless centuries, forests, and the trees in them, have been seen as sources of life, livelihood, and spiritual meaning. For capitalism, however, forests are sites of extraction and profit-makin...
'The Planet Can't Keep Doing Us A Favour'
Cromwell, David
Article
2013
With humanity's huge impact on the planet's climate becoming ever clearer, the claim of 'history in the making' is truly deserved.
The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America
Dangel, Benjamin
Article
2014
While many economies and citizens have benefitted from the state’s larger involvement in the extraction of these resources, extractivism under progressive governments, as it had under neoliberalism, s...
The Rising Seas
Ince, Martin
Book
1990
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
System Change Not Climate Change
McLaren, Jesse (ed.)
Article
2014
Stopping climate catastrophe and winning a world of climate justice is a critical task of our generation -- and it will require a radical transformation of society and of our relationship with nature....
Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'
Dolack, Pete
Article
2015
Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
Klein, Naomi
Book
2014
Klein says that climate change cannot be confronted unless we confront capitalism. She says that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically bette...
This Changes Everything
Lewis, Avi (director); Klein, Naomi (narrator)
Film/Video
2015
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, the film presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar S...
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
Magdoff, Fred; Foster, John Bellamy
Book
2011
A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solel...
Why environmentalists must support workers' struggles: Global Capitalism is the Real Enemy
McMillan, Stephanie
Article
2013
This is to specifically address class struggle as it relates to the ecological crisis. It will not address all the other (many!) reasons that working class struggle must be waged and supported.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nation...
Climate Action Network Canada
CANCanada - To support & empower Canada's governments private sector, labour & civil society by designing, developing implementing effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at internati...
Friends of the Earth International
We are the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters aroun...

Sources Library

Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis on the Care for our Common Home
Pope's statement on environment and exploitation
Pope Francis
2015
The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation.
VOW Women Concerned by Rising Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Sources News Release
2015
As members of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace we are extremely concerned about the threat to our future from runaway temperature rise as a result rising carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere.

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