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  • Web Exclusive: The Trojan Horse of climate ‘skepticism’ penetrates the walls of the indy media

    I have become increasingly aware that the ‘denialist’ stance, though entirely the result of a quintessential, corporate right-wing conspiracy, has penetrated substantial sectors of the ‘progressive’ independent media. These include such icons as Global Research, Counterpunch, and Brasscheck TV.

  • The Politics of Doubt: How climate skeptics have abused both science and the public trust

    Having lost the battle in the scientific arena, the skeptics have not only taken to the mass media to promulgate their cause, but have additionally resorted to the charge that they are not getting a fair hearing in this alternate venue.

  • Exploring Ecosocialism as a System of Thought

    Just as labour exploitation threw up working class movements that fought to constrain capital’s werewolf’s tendency to consume workers in its quest for profits, capital’s recklessness with nature leads to a “rebellion of nature” as “powerful social movements demand an end to ecological exploitation.”

  • Finding the Movement in the Second Contradiction

    An edited transcript of a panel discussion organized by Canadian Dimension at the Peoples’ Summit on June 19, 2010.

  • Burn, Baby, Burn

    Although the scientific community has never been more united in its conviction that climate change is well on the way to rendering planet Earth a vastly less hospitable place for most species including our own, doubt about the gravity of the problem is, paradoxically, on the rise. In this piece, Levy explores the resistance to climate change from prominent members of the Left: Alexander Cockburn, David Noble and Slavoj Zizek.

  • Ecosocialism as Holistic Earth Care

    We speak to ecosocialism founder, Joel Kovel about creating national or global resistance movements; ecosocialist activism that moves beyond pressing for direct caps on polluters; and we get his take on the Dark Mountain Project, the UN biodiversity report and the implications of Deepwater Horizon.

  • Beyond Criminal

    Ecosystems have remarkable regenerative powers, but at the relentless rate at which humankind is assaulting them, they cannot recover. And for the most part, corporations and governments simply don’t care: nothing is allowed to stand in the way of profits, pressure from lobbyists, or popularity with voters.

  • Climate Justice has a New Program, and New Hope for Victory

    On April 22, a mass international assembly in Cochabamba, Bolivia, adopted a charter for action to protect our planet from ecological devastation. Together, they drafted a People’s Agreement that places responsibility for the climate crisis on the capitalist system and on the rich countries that “have a carbon footprint five times larger than the planet can bear.”

  • From Cochabamba to Cancun

    The Cochabamba Conference on Climate Change has issued a call to build “a global peoples movement for climate justice”. A novel feature of this call is that it is supported by progressive countries, mainly those of the Alba Alliance (Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, etc), as well as by social movements, primarily but not exclusively, from Latin America.

  • Really inconvenient truth

    In the documentary The Inconvenient Truth, Gore advised citizens to recycle and buy gas-efficient cars. Inconvenient? How about shutting down most of the factories belching smoke around the world, which contribute little to global health? Or abandoning the high rise office buildings that require heating and cooling 24/7?

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