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Time for a mass movement to stop their climate change

The debacle over Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – billions of dollars of our money for the big polluters –  and the looming failure that will be Copenhagen show that we shouldn’t leave the resolution of the crisis to the political class who in the end represent the interests of the profiteers and their system.

Take the mainstream media, another arm of capitalism. All this week they have been rapturing about the split in the Liberal Party over climate change.

People are confusing trees and forests. The whole political class is united in opposing real measures to address climate change.

Rudd and Turnbull have more in common with Abbott and Joyce than they do with you and me, not only over global warming but industrial relations, Afghanistan, the Northern Territory invasion, refugees, health and education spending. The list goes on and on and on.

Sometimes conservatives can help us understand the world.  The Australian’s Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan,  made a telling point in an article in that paper today called ‘Token ETS a sensible idea’. He wrote:

Kevin Rudd this week said that climate change is  an “existential, fundamental” issue, then came up with an emissions trading package so recondite and larded with giveaways that it seems unlikely to have any great effect on greenhouse gas emissions.

Precisely. But because it is in fact worse than useless, I’m with the Greens on this one. Vote against Rudd’s transfer of billions and billions of our money to the big polluters.

Solutions to climate change to date, no matter how radical, are framed within the capitalist system, the very system that causes anthropogenic global warming.

So we have an ETS that is useless, politicians who pretend it is a major change, and solutions that don’t even address the symptoms, let alone the systemic causes of global warming.

We can’t leave it to Rudd or Turnbull, or even Bob Brown and the Greens, to develop a real response to the threat climate change poses.

We have to build a mass movement to stop global warming. That means a democratic movement mobilising hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the streets, to strike for green jobs and to undertake mass civil disobedience.

Such a movement must have as its central demand green jobs. That means a comprehensive  plan to move to a carbon free economy, massive investment in renewable energy and green jobs, green jobs, green jobs. 

Those jobs must (and will, if the Government were serious about addressing AGW) far outweigh any losses from mining and coal fired power generation. 

The green jobs plan would include full pay and re-training for workers who do lose their jobs in the mines or electricity generators.

But it is becoming clearer that no capitalist Government around the world will do this. Capitalism is the barrier to addressing global warming.

Building a mass movement is not going to be easy to do, but the Greens, with about ten percent support at the moment, could do it if they had such an orientation (which unfortunately they don’t appear to have).

If the Greens won’t do it, then we who understand the threat to humanity must begin that process now.



Comment from Abi
Time November 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Whilst people can purchase their cheap goods and our dams are well over 50% you’ll be lucky to get people to congregated let alone organise a mass uprise. When our Opera House is in jeopardy of rising sea levels, then i’ll stop being a sceptic.

Comment from John
Time November 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Abi, I prefer Gramsci’s approach: Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will. Always remain optimistic.

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