COP26 News in brief
Big polluters' profits
Shell and BP have a carbon footprint five times bigger than that of Britain. Together they produce 1.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. Together they have paid zero corporation tax on oil and gas production in the North Sea for three years. In the same period they have paid out £44 billion in dividends to shareholders.
Hooked on coal
20 of the world's richest nations that make up the G20 are responsible for 78% of greenhouse gas emissions. Coal-fired power plants are the largest contributor to global CO2 emissions. When the G20 met ahead of COP26, they failed to agree a plan to phase out existing plants.
Global leaders at COP26 have agreed a deal to stop and reverse deforestation. This would be great news, if there was any guarantee it would actually happen. Similar promises were made by leaders at a 2014 conference in New York. Since then deforestation has not even slowed down.
No trust in capitalism
Capitalist politicians cannot be trusted to save the planet. In competition with each other to ensure maximum profits for their own nations' boss class, they are unwilling to agree necessary measures, or be held accountable to them. Only a socialist plan based on taking the world's resources into democratic public ownership, with collaboration internationally, can save the planet from climate destruction.
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In The Socialist 3 November 2021:
Socialist change to end climate change
Fight for socialism to end climate destruction
COP26 begins - workers strike for pay
COP26 News in brief
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Fund the fight for a socialist world
Sheffield students tirelessly campaigning for socialist change
Hackney children's centres: Campaigners see through council deception
East London gentrification plans exposed
Fight for a real wage rise for all
Local government cuts set to continue - we need councillors prepared to fight
Race to top for bankers
Fight for a £15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates
Water companies put profits before protecting our environment
Tories threaten arts students: we are prepared to fight back!
Tory Universal Credit crumbs no solution to cost of living crisis
Tory plans won't fix social care
Pay freeze lifted for civil servants - prepare now for the struggle for a decent rise
NEU: Strategy needed to bring members together to take national action
Oaks Park school strike spurred on by head's lies
Scunthorpe scaffs strike into fifth week
Unite leaflets supermarkets to build support for Weetabix fire and rehire strike
Plant engineers pay dispute
Sexism, safety and the profit system
Sudan - mass protests and general strike against coup
Chile: International solidarity campaign to free political prisoners
Vaccine inequality - the ugly face of capitalism
Hunger strike in Calais for refugee rights
Protests against Sudan coup reach Britain
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