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(en) Britain, Resistance, anarchist bulletin, Special Edition November 2006 Burn the bosses, not the planet!

Date Tue, 21 Nov 2006 16:45:30 +0200


AN ESTIMATED 25 million people have been effected by food supply crises in
sub-Sahara this year. The disastrous effects of global warming are already
being felt worldwise- widespread, death, homelessness and destruction caused
by rising sea levels, increasing "freak weather" typhoons, storms and tornadoes
causing floods and landslides and substantial droughts and desertification.
Global warming is caused by human made carbon dioxide which builds up in the
earth's atmosphere causing a dangerous acceleration of climate change and
extremes of weather. The main causes are petrol-based road and air traffic,
fossil-fuelled manufacturing and industrial agriculture (together 85 %)
andfossil-fuelled electricity production.

Corporations and governments are
the twin vampires who are responsible
for the mess we're in- 122 private and
state corporations such as Shell, Exxon,
BP etc., are responsible for 80% of the
world's carbon dioxide emissions.
False Solutions
Even the US government officially
admits that climate change is a bigger
threat to humanity than terrorism; the
only people refuting this are professional
deniers funded by the big oil companies.
Yet politicians and their business sponsors
admit that making any real change is
"politically unrealistic" .
This makes them keen on "technical
Christopher Lee shows a novel approach
to dealing with the authorities
fixes" that don't tackle the causes.
Nuclear power is a favourite, sold with
the lie that it doesn't produce carbon
dioxide. It's very dangerous, producing
deadly waste with no safe storage
solution, is vulnerable to terrorism and
fuels the production of nuclear weapons.
It is also so costly that it needs massive
government subsidies and relies heavily
on dwindling supplies of uranium. The
industry has a long and infamous record
of "accidents", near disasters
(Windscale, Three Mile Island,
Chernobyl) and health risks.
Emissions (literally pollution)
trading and burying CO2 under the
seabed are similarly ostrich-like. Neither
tackles the production of CO2. Green
taxes are likely to target "consumers" e.g
car drivers, rather than the big suppliers
like oil companies and there is no
guarantee that the revenue will be spent
on alternatives.
Cars, lorries and planes are a
massive cause of CO2 but the road and
traffic lobby is hugely powerful, ensuring
that alternatives are not developed.
The government's response to
increased demand for transport is to
build more roads that immediately
become congested ­an upward spiral-
and to expand existing airports and build
new ones. Meanwhile privatized buses
and trains are run on the basis of profit
rather than need making public transport
often a more expensive and unstable
option, forcing people to rely on cars.
Schemes such as the congestion charge
are about ensuring that traffic keeps
flowing, rather than creating transport
for human need. The idea of a green car
however fuelled is as practical as a
chocolate frying pan.
People power
Since companies and governments
cannot make the necessary changes-
and don't even try, it is up to us. As
individuals we should do what we can-
minimize car and air travel, insulate our
homes, minimize waste, maximize
recycling. Ultimately however, we can only
halt and indeed reverse global warming
by challenging the systewm that has
brought the planet to the brink of disaster.
We need to organise against the
government's plans to resurrect the
Frankenstein monster of nuclear power,
defeat plans for yet more roads and new
or bigger airports. We should oppose
agribusiness with its use of unnecessary and
dangerous chemical production., of GM crops
and factory farming.
We can only do this by getting together
with our neighbours and workmates, organizing
and acting collectively, without politicians and
leaders, and taking direct action. The Rossport
Solidarity camp in western Ireland, which has
halted Shell's construction of an oil refinery and
pipeline is an inspiring current example.
Organising in this way maximizes our power
and avoids us being sold out as leaders always
end up in bed with the powerful.
We want renewable energy- solar, wind,
tidal and hydro-electric, geothermal, etc,
different resources deployed as appropriate to
the locality. It should be small scale,, generat-
ing electicity for local needs rather than the
waste and centralization of the National Grid.,
and genuinely community controlled. Human
scale planning and free public transport would
minimize the use of cars. We need to go further
to question the whole twisted logic of capitalist
growth that has chained us to work and
consumption, producing increased quantities of
goods while the quality of our lives deteriorates.

IT'S OUR WORLD, LET'S TAKE IT BACK!
For more info on Rossport Solidarity
Campaign visit: http://struggle.ws/rsc/
http://flag.blackened.net/af/res/resist2006_climate_change.pdf
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