Nowadays, our world is having to deal with a tangible climate change crisis. The deserts are advancing, the poles are melting, sea levels are rising, and oceans are getting more acid. Those are just some of the effects caused by global warming, but even with this catastrophic scenario, not all hopes are lost.
During the past 650,000 years, our planet has faced seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, carbon dioxide levels have risen and fallen but now, in the post-industrial era they have reached a level never seen before, 400 parts per million.
Climate scientists have warned: we have to keep global warming within 1.50 C to avoid the point of no-return.
At present, the world is already 10 C warmer than during the pre-industrial era and yet there are countries, such as the USA and Brazil, that are threatening to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Contrariwise, there are those who are trying to do something. A young Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, last August started the first school strike, asking for climate justice. She has been able to give a spark which has spread all around the world, and now thousands of students are organising strikes and going to demonstrate in the streets, asking the politicians for real actions in fighting global warming.
In the UK the protest had a wide adherence from students. As organisers have said, more than 10,000 students joined together, from north to south of the country, skipping school and protesting for a greener world.
Some researchers, say that cutting half the amount of wasted food would reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by 16%, and going vegan would be more beneficial for the planet compared to buying an electric car or flying less.
To act against the climate crisis Alan Thornett will present his book: “Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Eco-socialism”, during an event hosted by Resistance Books.
They claim that “We are facing a multifaceted threat to the planet. Crucial resources are running out.
Pollution is choking the eco-systems. Starting from a defence of the remarkable ecological content of classical Marxism – lost during the 20th century to the rise of productivism – the book is an appeal to the socialist left to take the ecological crisis far more seriously”.
Moreover, they added “The author engages with major debates that are unresolved on the left. He promotes a transitional approach, distinct from those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough”. In addition to that, the organisation stated: “Alan Thornett argues that defending the planet today requires the broadest possible movement”.
Date and place: Tuesday, 9 April 2019 from 7.30 pm. to 9 pm. at Community Centre 62 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB, London, United Kingdom. For further information, visit the web page of the event or Resistance Books.