The importance of India’s farmers protests

Reposted from Labour Hub this article by the South East Asia Solidarity Group explains the significance and importance of the ongoing protests by farmers in India and why ecosocialists in the West should stand in solidarity.

India’s Farmers Protests: Why they are important and why the British left must show solidarity

In India, in the middle of the pandemic, a unique struggle is taking place. Hundreds of thousands of farmers from across the country are occupying the borders of Delhi in a protest against the combined forces of corporate power and an ultra-right wing government. On the whole an estimated 2 million people are said to be involved.

It is, however, not only its magnitude, which make it significant. The farmers’ protest represents a potentially transformative moment in the struggle against fascism which has been sweeping India over the last year – fuelled by growing anger against the Modi regime.

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How air pollution is killing Britain’s working class

This article by Eleanor Salter of Labour For A Green New Deal first appeared in Tribune and is an important contribution to the debate on class, race and urban pollution.

Earlier this month, Ella Kissi-Debrah became the first British person to have air pollution recorded as a cause of death – but she won’t be the last. In poorer urban communities, it is increasingly a matter of life and death.

Ella Kissi-Debrah grew up in Lewisham, South London and was an active and busy child who loved sport and music. Her home was close to one of the busiest highways in the capital, the South Circular Road. At the age of seven she began to develop a rare and complex form of asthma. Within three years she was hospitalised 27 times and died in 2013 after suffering a severe asthma attack.

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The Hydrogen Hoax

This article first appeared at People & Nature: https://peopleandnature.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/the-hydrogen-hoax/

and builds on the authors earlier piece which we also reproduced here: https://redgreenlabour.org/2020/12/11/hydrogen-for-homes-a-terrible-idea/

“Low carbon?” Its emissions are more than twice the UK economy’s

All of a sudden, hydrogen is (supposedly) a weapon to fight global warming. Governments are bigging it up in their “net zero” plans; oil companies say they are investing in it; union leaders say it will create jobs.

But no-one talks about the really existing hydrogen industry, that each year produces about 70 million tonnes of pure hydrogen, and another 45 million tonnes of hydrogen in other chemical products … and pours 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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Ecosocialism and/or De-growth

This important contribution to ecosocialist strategy and theory on the question of growth / de-growth, by Michael Lowy, originally appeared in Rupture, the magazine of Rise, a new socialist grouping in Ireland.

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Ecosocialism and the de-growth movement are among the most important currents of the ecological left.

Ecosocialists agree that a significant measure of de-growth in production and consumption is necessary in order to avoid ecological collapse. But they have a critical assessment of the de-growth theories because: a) the concept of “de-growth” is insufficient to define an alternative programme; b) it does not make clear if de-growth can be achieved in the framework of capitalism or not; c) it does not distinguish between activities that need to be reduced and those that need to be developed.

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Don’t forget the HS2 campaigners this Christmas

By Rob Marsden, Tamworth CLP

Whilst many of us have been distracted by other things in 2020, work on HS2 has continued apace, cutting its swathe through the English countryside, through homes and farms and ancient woodlands from London to the Midlands. Devastating communities and ecosystems alike.

However, there is still active resistance- campaigns continue all along the route and a number of small but determined camps are still in place.

I would urge readers to get in touch with the nearest camp to you, find out if there is anything they need in the way of provisions or equipment and organise a small group to visit and spread a little festive cheer.

PHOTOS: Camp at Handsacre near Lichfield

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French energy unions strike in defense of public energy

This article is taken from the very useful and informative Trade Unions For Energy Democracy website.

For the past several weeks, electricity and gas workers in France have been striking in defense of public ownership of energy. The strike actions have been called by French energy sector  union federations FNME-CGT, CFE-CGC Énergies, FO Energie et Mines and FCE-CFDT. Continue reading “French energy unions strike in defense of public energy”

Air Pollution- the invisible killer

Red-Green Labour supporter Alan Thornett makes the case for a drastic and immediate cut in the causes of air pollution.

In a land-mark ruling, the inner south London coroner Philip Barlow, has ruled that the death of nine year old Ella Kissi-Debrah from Lewisham from an asthma attack in February 2013 was partly a result of illegal levels of air pollution in the area she lived.

The Guardian environmental correspondent Sandra Laville quotes him as follows: “the whole of Ella’s life was lived in close proximity to highly polluting roads and I have no difficulty in concluding that her personal exposure to nitrogen dioxide and PM was very high.” Air pollution, he said, had induced and exacerbated her severe asthma. It is the first ruing anywhere in the world to identify air pollution as a cause of the death of an individual. (Guardian Dec 17)

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We (still) say: No Third Runway At Heathrow!

Red-Green Labour supports the ongoing campaign against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The last thing we need to see is a ‘recovery’ of flights to pre-Covid levels, let alone any future increase in carbon emissions from air travel.

First published at: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/16/campaigners-outraged-after-top-uk-court-overturns-ban-climate-wrecking-third-runway

“It’s time to take our demand straight to the government—it can still change its plans for Heathrow expansion,” says Friends of the Earth.

A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

A police officer stands by as a campaigner against a third runway at Heathrow Airport holds a placard in front of paint thrown by another protester at the Supreme Court in London on December 16, 2020 after the verdict on a legal challenge to the proposed runway. (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

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Making Rewilding Part of a Socialist Future

Alex Lee argues that a programme of rewilding is vital for a future ecosocialist strategy to restore the natural world and halt catastrophic biodiversity loss, and humans should be at the centre of this.

Republished from Socialist Resistance

 Photo:Tim Dennell

If you look in any popular bookstore these days, you’ll find books on rewilding…. There are books about rewilding your garden, rewilding your mind, rewilding your life. The word entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2010 (1) and has seen a stratospheric increase in use (2). In 2019 it was even a contender for the Collins Dictionary Word of the Year (3). But is it just another capitalist marketing ploy?

Well, yes and no. The origins of the word are in ecology, but in capitalism’s drive to market new products, companies have latched onto the word “rewilding” as the latest desirable thing. In recent years there has been a plethora of products that are “fair-trade”, “natural”, “low-carbon”, “sustainable” and “organic”, trends that have a component of a critique.

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‘Few Things Matter More to Humans’

We are republishing this article as an important contribution to the debate about how we mitigate the effects of human action on the environment and begin the process of restoring the natural world.

Originally published by Common Dreams

 

UN Report Says We Must Protect and Restore Biodiversity of World’s Soil

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer

While nutritious diets, healthy populations, pollution remediation, and even climate change mitigation all depend, at least in part, on soil biodiversity, society is not doing enough to preserve this crucial resource, the U.N. warned. (Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)

While nutritious diets, healthy populations, pollution remediation, and even climate change mitigation all depend, at least in part, on soil biodiversity, society is not doing enough to protect “the variety of life below ground.”

That’s according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which published a new report (pdf) Friday on “The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity” in anticipation of World Soil Day this weekend.

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