CAPITALISM’S DESTRUCTION OF NATURE

Capitalism – not ‘Humanity’ – is Killing the World’s Wildlife

Anna Pigott

Climate and Capitalism | October 01, 2020

The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses that humanity’s consumption is to blame for this mass extinction, and journalists have been quick to amplify the message. The Guardian headline reads “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations,” while the BBC runs with “Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption.” No wonder: in the 148-page report, the word “humanity” appears 14 times, and “consumption” an impressive 54 times.

There is one word, however, that fails to make a single appearance: capitalism. It might seem, when 83% of the world’s freshwater ecosystems are collapsing (another horrifying statistic from the report), that this is no time to quibble over semantics. And yet, as the ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer has written, “finding the words is another step in learning to see.”Read More »

INTERVIEW 

If Humanity is to Have Any Future At All

John Bellamy Foster Interviewed by Ömur Şahin Keyif for BirGün (Istanbul)

MR Online | September 05, 2020

If humanity is to have any future at all

ÖŞK: The U.S. government is escalating the tension with China with the sanctions, consulate closures, harsher and more reckless rhetoric after the pandemic… According to a Pew Research Center poll, 73 percent of U.S. people say they have an unfavorable view of the country. Anti-China rhetoric is an election strategy for Republicans. Republicans are not alone in this. Democrats are racing with Republicans with their anti-China sentiment, blaming Trump for not being hard enough on China. Considering China’s success on innovation and improvement of the new technologies like 5G and its acceptance by West, what will be the future results of anti-China policies both inside and outside of the U.S.? There are reports suggesting that U.S. officials try to push the relations towards a point of ‘no return’. Would that be an outcome?Read More »

Humanity and solidarity require us to defy US sanctions against Cuba and other countries

by Karen Lee

Morning Star | September 22, 2019

Karen Lee is Labour MP for Lincoln

THE Labour movement has a proud history of international solidarity and chairing the Latin America fringe is an event I look forward to at Labour Party conference each year. Conference will once again send a clear message to Donald Trump: no more blockades and sanctions.

The US blockade against Cuba has now been in place for more than 56 years and has cost the Cuban economy over $933 billion. The economic sanctions are an infringement of universal rights, a unilateral violation of international law, and a barrier to the development of Cuba and its people.Read More »

55 YEARS OF CUBAN MEDICAL COLLABORATION: Healing beyond borders (+Photos)

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Granma | May 24, 2018

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To Avoid Water Shortage for 5 Billion by 2050, UN Report Urges Nature-Based Solutions

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Common Dreams | March 19, 2018

A new report finds that about five billion people could be impacted by water shortages by 2050—around half the world’s population by that time. (Photo: Oscar F. Hevia/Flickr/cc)

A new United Nations report calls for a shift away from human-made water infrastructure and towards nature-based irrigation solutions in order to avoid widespread water shortages around the world by 2050.

The UN’s annual report on the state of the world’s water found that five billion people could be affected by a lack of potable water within the next three decades—about half of the expected world population by that time—due to climate crisis, polluted supplies, and increased demand brought on by a rise in population.

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Cuba: The struggle against the blockade is a struggle for humanity

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Granma | October 26, 2017

Caracas.– Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Information (Minci), Ernesto Villegas, stated that the struggle against the U.S. blockade imposed on Cuba for almost 60 years is also a struggle in defense of humanity.
“We feel as though it (the struggle) were our own, and when we say no more blockade against the noble homeland of Martí, of Maceo, Fidel and Raúl, we are also saying no more blockades against any other people on the Planet, and in particular, in Latin America,” stated Villegas in the National Library’s Hugo Chávez hall. Read More »

Venezuela’s Citgo provides free gas to Harvey rescue teams

teleSUR/mrs-RT | 03 September, 2017

Residents use a truck to navigate through floodwaters from Harvey in Houston, Texas.

Residents use a truck to navigate through floodwaters from Harvey in Houston, Texas. | Photo: Reuters
Houston’s mayor expressed his appreciation for the generous donation, stating, “We are overwhelmed by the support from our corporate partners including Citgo.”

Venezuela has provided free gas to rescues workers, firefighters and police in their efforts to help victims in areas affected by Harvey, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

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Subsidiary of Venezuela’s State Oil Company Donates Initial US$3 Million to Harvey Relief Effort

teleSUR | September 02, 2017

Evacuees affected by Tropical Storm Harvey take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, U.S., August 31, 2017

Evacuees affected by Tropical Storm Harvey take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, U.S., August 31, 2017 | Photo: Reuters
The firm will also will provide a percentage of retail sales toward “rebuilding efforts in the most disadvantaged communities”. 

The Acting President and CEO of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, based in Houston, is donating an intial US$3 million dollars to the Mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

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The Economy of an Ecological Society Will Be at the Service of Humanity

INTERVIEW WITH FRED MAGDOFF

by Mark Karlin

truthout | August 20, 2017

We already know an incredible amount about how to use ecologically sound ways to produce what we need for a good life.

We already know “an incredible amount about how to use ecologically sound ways to produce what we need for a good life.” (Photo: Pixabay)

What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Suffused with radical hope, this book can be yours with a donation to Truthout!

Is a world possible based on equitable needs, empathy and sustainable economics? Two authors believe so — and that it would require the end of capitalism: Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, who co-wrote Creating an Ecological Society. In this Truthout interview, Magdoff — a professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont — shares his vision of how we could move toward such a world. Read More »