Saturday, 2 January 2010
Global summit of social movements to discuss climate and capitalism
Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, responded to the failure of the UN Copenhagen summit by calling an alternative - and far more radical - summit on climate change and capitalism. The summit of social movements is scheduled for 22 April. What should anti-capitalists and climate activists be talking about, in the run up to the summit and at the event itself?
These articles - most of them reflections on Copenhagen or its implications for the climate movement - are all a useful basis for thinking and talking about the issues.
Mumia Abu-Jamal's take on the summit - 'The Limits of our Politics' - was brought to my attention via Derek Wall's Another Green World blog. Rob Newman insists 'it's capitalism or a habitable planet - you can't have both' , while Roy Wilkes and Patrick Bond have both written useful articles, featured on the Climate and Capitalism site.
Naomi Klein remains one of the anti-capitalist movement's best and most perceptive writers. Her assessment of Copenhagen is HERE. Jonathan Neale wrote two reflections on Copenhagen: the first is about the political leaders' failures, while the second discusses the way forward for the global climate movement. Finally, Anna Chen takes on the myth that Copenhagen's deadlock is all China's fault HERE.