Can capitalism save us from the climate crisis?
The undeniable evidence of climate change from the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cannot be ignored by any reasonable person.
As the report was released more climate related disasters were rippling across the globe. Locally we have been witnessing severe flooding in summer. There were daily news updates on hellish bush fires in Turkey and Greece. Glaciers in Greenland rapidly melting and the Gulfstream that seems to be coming to a standstill. The capitalist system is driving us towards an unlivable planet.
This November, COP26 will take place in Glasgow UK. The meeting will bring together thousands of politicians, scientists and political lobbyists. Many have already described this as the “last chance” for the environment. The politicians there will ring their hands like their predecessors have done for a quarter of a century of COPs and promise to save the world, but little will change.
Why does the COP process fail? Why, after nearly three decades of meetings, do emissions continue to rise, despite the signing of agreements at Kyoto, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban and Paris?
Come to this meeting to understand the limits of COP and what the environmental movement must do to stop runaway climate change.
Why is it that capitalism can’t deliver the solution? How should we fight for a new system that works for the interests of people and planet? What can we say about the role of the extreme right and the climate movement?
Introduction by Eddy Hopman, member of the International Socialist, active within the Climate Coalition Maastricht