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8 September 2021

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Socialist change, not climate change

Dave Nellist - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition chair and Socialist Party national committee member - wrote the following letter to the Observer in reply to the Green Party Baroness Natalie Bennett's call for capitalist reforms to halt catastrophic climate change.

Climate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch

Climate change protest in London on 12.4.19, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Natalie Bennett calls for 'system change, not climate change' (Your Letters, 22 August) but then proposes solutions that hardly challenge the vested interests of the existing economic system and its owners.

To move climate heating industries to zero-carbon emissions requires urgent national and international planning and significant investment. There are two problems. Firstly, we can't plan what we don't fully control, and we don't fully control what we don't own. Secondly, private investment in a market-based system is constricted by the expectation of its owners making a profit.

The fundamental system change needed is public ownership and rational economic planning in a democratic socialist system. Unfortunately, we don't yet have a major political party arguing for that.

Leaving society in the continued control of millionaire politicians being told by billionaire business owners not to threaten their profits won't fundamentally change anything.


Save the planet - make capitalism extinct

Heather Rawling, Leicester Socialist Party

Listening to the radio the other day, I heard a grandmother's account of why she was on the recent Extinction Rebellion protest in London.

The interviewer asked her what she thought the solution to climate change was. This question would've been a gift to a socialist.

We would have explained that there is no solution under capitalism, even if the capitalists genuinely want to find a solution.

Capitalism operates on the short-term drive for profits, with owners and nations in competition with each other.

Until the working class and poor of the world own and democratically control the world's resources, we will not have a satisfactory solution.

Instead, the spokesperson for XR said that they weren't 'solutionary', they were just alerting people to the problem.

I think the majority of us know that climate change is happening and it's urgent that humanity addresses the threat.

I appeal to people concerned about the threat of climate change to fight for socialism, as the only way we can tackle the threat, democratically, on a world scale.

The Socialist Party says socialist change to stop climate change: Take over the major corporations so we can democratically plan the use of the world's resources, for need and not profit.

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In The Socialist 8 September 2021:


NHS and social care

NHS and social care - make the rich pay, not the workers

Workers shouldn't pay for health and social care plans

End service cuts and care charges

Families demand rights for care home residents

Whipps Cross hospital workers reject the 3%


What we think

A pivotal moment for the trade union movement


Socialist Party news and campaigns

Socialist Party national council - members enthused by excellent in-person meeting

Why I joined the Socialist Party


Education

Union action needed to make schools Covid safe

Fighting NEU leadership needed to tackle school funding crisis

Schools funding crisis fails vulnerable children

University bosses push through pension cuts proposal


9/11 twenty years on

9/11 and the 'War on Terror' twenty years on


Workplace news

Bexley bin workers win big gains after six-week strike

Equity protest to save arts centre forces talks from Newham Council

DWP: Demand safe working and more jobs

DHL workers to strike against wage theft


Youth Fight for Jobs

Organising to defend our future: 9 October- Youth fight for jobs day of action

Building Youth Fight for Jobs in the South West


International news

Libya - ten years after Gaddafi's overthrow

US Supreme Court refuses to challenge Texas abortion ban

Keep fascists out of Portland: Build a mass movement to fight the right


Readers' opinion

The street I live on

Socialist change, not climate change

Vigil: A nuclear sub murder mystery


Obituary

Obituary: Roger Henshaw, comrade and class fighter


 

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