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Saturday 7:15pm

PANEL: A planet to save! The role of socialists in responding to the climate crisis

Save the planet
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Capitalism is killing the planet. Corporations’ insatiable drive for profit, the anarchy of the market and the entire political establishment, who are little more than the willing tools of the climate corporate criminals, are wreaking unimaginable destruction to the environment. They are creating a climate catastrophe that threatens our very future on this planet.

But millions of people around the globe are beginning to push back. The mass mobilisations of student strikers have provided a glimpse of the widespread and growing alarm. They’ve also given us a taste of our collective power. The apocolyptic bushfires that have scorched so much of Australia’s forests and regional communities this summer have created a new urgency to build a political fightback that can force radical action on the climate and challenge the neoliberal destruction of our public services that have left working class communities so vulnerable.

Socialists have been at the forefront of organising a collective mass response on the streets and taking up the fight to the polluters by blockading their conferences and headquarters. In response, we’ve faced growing attempts by Liberal and Labor governments to criminalise and repress the climate movement. In this session, we will hear from leading socialist climate activists about the politics and actions that we need to build and fuel a powerful, militant and radical climate movement.

Reading

Sarah Garnham, ‘New movement, new debates: The contested politics of climate change’,

https://marxistleftreview.org/articles/new-movement-new-debates-the-contested-politics-of-climate-change/

Sarah Garnham, ‘Resisting repression is inseparable from the struggle for climate justice’, Red Flag 4 November 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6938

Chloe Rafferty, ‘No one is coming to save us, except us’ – Sydney demands action on the environment, Red Flag 12 December 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6976

Lily Campbell, Why I’m prepared to save the planet by any means necessary, Red Flag 10 October 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6922

Daniel Taylor, Melbourne’s mining blockade was a glimpse of things to come, Red Flag 13 November 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6948

Sarah Garnham, Resisting repression is inseparable from the struggle for climate justice, Red Flag 4 November 2019.

James Plested, How the rich plan to rule a burning planet, Red Flag 10 December 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6974

Jerome Small, Australia’s profit-driven apocalypse, Red Flag 3 December 2020

https://redflag.org.au/node/698

Mick Armstrong, The climate crisis demands internationalism, Red Flag 13 October 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/node/6923

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