Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Today, most socialist organizations recognize green organizing must be an essential part of their work. Most have started promoting both practical short term efforts to preserve our ecosystem and long term efforts to reform our political-economic systems so that we may best survive the changes that are already underway and the greater changes that threaten.
Ecosocialism approaches climate change from almost the opposite direction. A socialist approach requires both a comprehensive understanding of the political-economic causes of climate change and most importantly, a socialist based perspective on what should be done. Equally important, it values all people equally and rejects the idea that some have more rights to survive climate change that others. It recognizes without a mass awareness, there will not be the mass movement capable of demanding necessary economic and political changes.
Meanwhile, the non-ecosocialist approaches argue that we have to accept the current economic, political and military systems and base our plans on the best outcome possible within those restraints. At best they argue that calling for system change will only become practical after severe climate change. And they understand this means the suffering and sacrifice of billions of mostly poor people.
Fortunately, a growing number of ecosocialists are declaring that not only is the non-socialist approach insufficient, but that by preventing us from doing what is necessary in the time we have, a non-ecosocialist approach is likely to lead to catastrophic failure.
David Schwartzman, a member of the Metro-DC chapter of CC-DS has published a detailed analysis and plan to prevent catastrophic climate change and its devastation based on an ecosocialist perspective.
Published in Capitalism Nature Socialism, 1 March 2009, it begins:
In this paper, David spells out the critical need to overcome the Military Industrial Complex and the real potential of a “Solar Utopia.”
An example of the discussion of strategic political needs and possibilities can be found on CC‐DS’s web site listed below. These include the need for a convergence of the peace, justice, labor and environmental movements in the U.S. and transnational solidarity to develop a mass movement capable of demanding leadership responsibly inform the public of the methods needed to safely meet the climate change deadlines and tipping points we face.
Ecosocialism argues that we need demand a leadership capable of implementing a comprehensive ecosocialist based plan aimed at preventing catastrophic climate changes.
We believe it is primarily a political and strategic question of what it will take to make the danger and necessity of an organized response as clear as it was in those movies were the oncoming meteors mobilized the world to act for survivals sake – giving us a real chance to succeed.
1. What is eco‐socialism? tinyurl.com/cl5uzg
2. CCDS web site locations: http://www.cc‐ds.org/discussion/prevent_ccc_proposal.html
3. Climate Change: www.redandgreen.org/Climate_Change/index.htm
4. Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe? (An earlier shorter draft of the CNS article) tinyurl.com/c4mc8c
5. "Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe?" Full article available from Capitalism Nature Socialism or email David Schwartzman at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. David’s other writings: www.RedAndGreen.org/Documents/Marxism&Ecology_page.htm
Walter Teague ‐ email@example.com 11/03/09
Metro DC Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism – http://www.redandgreen.org/