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 A Vision for the Environment
Over the last few decades workers have come to believe that a good environment is not just desirable but fundamental to human survival and progress. The environment is a complex and integrated interaction between the physical world with its ecology and human activity. It is therefore inseparable from politics, economics and class struggle. The failure of the Copenhagen Summit highlighted the main obstacles to progress. The imperialist behaviour of the US and the EU was in stark contrast to more progressive leaders who denied the US any legitimacy for their 'Accord' and ensured it was merely 'noted'. The imperialists wished to set a framework for the capitalist domination of the climate change agenda and to prevent the necessary international co-operation to develop it further into a new agenda for change. The stage is therefore set for a complex and widespread struggle by workers and people everywhere to prevent science and its public institutions from being effectively privatised. Sovereign control will be set against privatisation and resources will be fought over with imperialists promoting further wars. The battle for education and information cannot be underestimated, as to control science, capitalism must first divide and misinform. To them a world without capitalism is not worth saving. The concept of sustainability is simply defined as 'handing to the next generation a society and a planet no less viable than that which we currently have'. This encompasses not just energy and material use but also the social and industrial activities which go with it.   Survival at the current levels of population is not possible without the extensive use of energy, which will increasingly
require new technologies to minimise emissions. Development and social justice are also essential for the planet to be used sustainably. The depletion of resources can also be overcome through much higher levels of recycling and new forms of production and use. Importantly the preservation and expansion of jobs and communities, are impossible without social justice. The demand for the ability to develop economically by developing countries is not only just but essential. The environment is our planet and society working in harmony through worker control. It needs our democracy, knowledge and energy to succeed. Download the full article