Capitalism Archive

  • "This is a land grab! We are loosing our land. Our land is being fenced by outsiders that are not from our area. We, the original people of this Kaokoland are semi nomadic people. We are roaming with our cattle, goat and sheep from place to place. We react to the change of climate in our semi dessert environment, and follow the needs of our livestock and move them to grazing areas that are sufficient for them, especially during dry season. We experience already climate change. The weather is becoming more extreme. It is growingly hotter and we have less rain. When it rains we have severe floods. Our land is facing desertification, which means less green food for our animals and less crop production for our people."

    DECLARATION BY THE TRADITIONAL LEADERS OF KAOKOLAND IN NAMIBIA [WITH PHOTO GALLERIES]

    "This is a land grab! We are loosing our land. Our land is being fenced by outsiders that are not from our area. We, the original people of this Kaokoland are semi nomadic people. We are roaming with our cattle, goat and sheep from place to place. We react to the change of climate in our semi dessert environment, and follow the needs of our livestock and move them to grazing areas that are sufficient for them, especially during dry season. We experience already climate change. The weather is becoming more extreme. It is growingly hotter and we have less rain. When it rains we have severe floods. Our land is facing desertification, which means less green food for our animals and less crop production for our people."

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  • "Afflicted by violence, overpopulation, hunger, disease, poverty, inequality, and shortages of water, food, and land, South Africa mirrors the crises plaguing much of the world which has been ravaged, plundered, and impoverished by global capitalism and its market and growth imperatives. We are at war with one another in large part because we have long ago waged war against other species and the earth as a whole."

    The Killing Fields of South Africa: Eco-Wars, Species Apartheid, and Total Liberation

    "Afflicted by violence, overpopulation, hunger, disease, poverty, inequality, and shortages of water, food, and land, South Africa mirrors the crises plaguing much of the world which has been ravaged, plundered, and impoverished by global capitalism and its market and growth imperatives. We are at war with one another in large part because we have long ago waged war against other species and the earth as a whole."

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  • "There is no swift economic or technological fix for the myriad complex crises we confront. The only solution lies in organizing informed radical change across all levels of the integrated systems of domination—commencing with an emancipatory education into and critical understanding of the precise nature and dynamics of the systematic barriers blocking our journey into sustainable planetary community. Let us hope that this long march through the institutions does not further transform into a trail of tears."

    Pathologies of Power and the Rise of the Global Industrial Complex

    "There is no swift economic or technological fix for the myriad complex crises we confront. The only solution lies in organizing informed radical change across all levels of the integrated systems of domination—commencing with an emancipatory education into and critical understanding of the precise nature and dynamics of the systematic barriers blocking our journey into sustainable planetary community. Let us hope that this long march through the institutions does not further transform into a trail of tears."

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  • "Durban, South Africa - The people are angry. Climate change is already destroying their livelihoods. The main culprits are the corporations and industrialized states that do not want to reduce their emissions at source. At the march of several thousand protesters the main demand to the global elites involved in COP 17 was to hear the voices of the peoples, suffering already from climate change. Former Ambassador of Bolivia and key negotiator at the UNFCCC Pablo Solon marched with the masses, holding a "Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth" banner."

    Key to Durban Talks: The Peoples Agreement on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

    "Durban, South Africa - The people are angry. Climate change is already destroying their livelihoods. The main culprits are the corporations and industrialized states that do not want to reduce their emissions at source. At the march of several thousand protesters the main demand to the global elites involved in COP 17 was to hear the voices of the peoples, suffering already from climate change. Former Ambassador of Bolivia and key negotiator at the UNFCCC Pablo Solon marched with the masses, holding a "Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth" banner."

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  • "After one week of negotiations in Durban, a compilation of negotiation texts was presented, which essentially builds on work during the whole year. There are several very problematic issues in this text, but let’s start with the good news: several issues from the Peoples’ Agreement are present in the text, especially in the Shared Vision chapter1."

    Key issues of the Peoples Agreement Present in Durban Negotiation Text

    "After one week of negotiations in Durban, a compilation of negotiation texts was presented, which essentially builds on work during the whole year. There are several very problematic issues in this text, but let’s start with the good news: several issues from the Peoples’ Agreement are present in the text, especially in the Shared Vision chapter1."

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  • All of Earth’s Systems in Rapid Decline – Without Dealing With Our Multiple Crisis, Humanity Will Require 27 Planet Earths by 2050

    "Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth’s life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use."

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  • It's Too Late for Sustainability: What We Need is System Change

    "The brightest hope for system change lies with the ever-growing movement for climate and ecological justice. This movement brings together social and environmental justice activists in new ways to challenge development orthodoxies. It raises the voices of communities struggling and resisting on the frontline of the ecological and social crises, and it is generating new ideas about re-aligning the relationship between nature and society, informed by visions of the world that have for too long been subordinated to Western notions of progress. The Indigenous Peoples speak of the crisis of civilisation and the Rights of Mother Earth. We must listen and learn."

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  • As for the future of the green movement itself, if all it can offer is collaboration with business as usual, why should anyone bother? The

    No, Greens must not cosy up to capitalism. They must resist it.

    As for the future of the green movement itself, if all it can offer is collaboration with business as usual, why should anyone bother? The "clause-four moment" that Lynas wants for the green movement (as if New Labour was the realisation of the labour movement, rather than its betrayal) would be its death warrant, and that of much more besides. Greens urgently need to engage with people's ecological intuitions, impulses and aspirations. Only that deserves to be called realism.

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  • The question is why globalist plutocrats, such as the Rockefellers, fund the majority of the mainstream environmental movement and establish an organization that now calls for civil disobedience and the halt of tar sands expansion into the US? If the true meaning of climate justice were in fact to be realized, it would mean nothing less than the stripping of wealth of these very families and corporate entities. The very system which ensures global monetary wealth and power stay securely in the hands of the privileged few today – is absolutely dependent upon and cannot succeed without continuous expanding raping, pillaging and degradation to our Earth and relentless exploitation of those most vulnerable.

    The Climate Cartel: 1Sky, 350.org and Rockefeller Brothers | Stronger as One

    The question is why globalist plutocrats, such as the Rockefellers, fund the majority of the mainstream environmental movement and establish an organization that now calls for civil disobedience and the halt of tar sands expansion into the US? If the true meaning of climate justice were in fact to be realized, it would mean nothing less than the stripping of wealth of these very families and corporate entities. The very system which ensures global monetary wealth and power stay securely in the hands of the privileged few today – is absolutely dependent upon and cannot succeed without continuous expanding raping, pillaging and degradation to our Earth and relentless exploitation of those most vulnerable.

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  • People’s Assemblies are a new organizational paradigm in the Climate Justice movement, based the dynamic process of radical horizontality. Climate Justice community organizing in Toronto has identified empowerment, self—sufficiency, and the creation of radical, sustainable alternatives as essential to strong local communities in confronting the climate crisis in the urban context.

    Toronto People’s Assembly: A New Approach to Climate Justice Organizing

    People’s Assemblies are a new organizational paradigm in the Climate Justice movement, based the dynamic process of radical horizontality. Climate Justice community organizing in Toronto has identified empowerment, self—sufficiency, and the creation of radical, sustainable alternatives as essential to strong local communities in confronting the climate crisis in the urban context.

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