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(en) [Spain] World "strike" for climate? By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 7 Oct 2019 07:57:09 +0300


Capitalism is the main cause of climate change and the destruction of the planet, but let us not forget that those who now criticize it opportunistically are also the supporters of an authoritarian communism that has caused enormous damage. Let us not fall into its false dichotomy between capitalism and statist communism. We defend a socioecological model based on self-management. ---- Climate change is no longer a warning, it is a stark reality. For decades the ecologist movement has been alarming about the tragic consequences of not ending global warming to which we are subjecting the planet, our common home, which has been cut like a cake, to reap more benefits than it can produce. Of course, the current culprit in the exponential deterioration that we are subjecting the planet to is voracious capitalism, whether neoliberal, globalized, market economy, or whatever adjectives they want to fashion to make it more digestible. When the productive system is based on obtaining the maximum benefits in the shortest possible time without regard to the consequences, it overlooks not only the rights of the working class, but also the environmental problems that alter all ecosystems,

Having made this criticism of capitalism, now exploited by those who have seen the wall fall from its authoritarian communist model to try to appear a little, we must also reproach those who for what they call state interest, under the economic system they defend, have committed themselves few ecological crimes. This is the drying up of the Aral Sea, the Chernobyl accident, the fact that during the cold war Czechoslovakia was the most contaminated country in Europe, or the Maoist China's erroneous determination to exterminate sparrows to achieve more grain production. Mao Tse Tung maintained that "man must defeat nature" and his obstinacy caused an ecological imbalance that cost the death of hunger to over 30 million obedient followers. All this also happened, yes,

It hurts to think that this social model to which one still aspires is presented as an alternative to the ecological disasters of capitalism, because only when the control of production escapes the hands of those who generate it, who is interested in maintaining a respectful ecological balance, tends to destroy the surroundings. Serve as an example our communal woods. In some, for decades, no fire has been produced, as it is the same residents who manage the forest environment on which they subsist. A model that reminds us of other Amazonian communities that they now expel after burning the jungle to produce soybeans to feed the rich world and cattle. So, speaking of respect for the environment, we should not fall into the dichotomy we tend to present between capitalism or statist communism,

Nowadays, the submission of those who govern us to the economic power makes them legislate favoring contaminating productive forms. That is why they are generating serious environmental problems, and certainly the most urgent, due to the effects we are already suffering, of climate change. Among the most well-known consequences is the rise in temperature caused by the accumulation of contaminating gases.

Slowly we see how the heat waves are more suffocating, how the glaciers melt, how the sea level rises to the point that the transfer of cities into the land has to be proposed, as many species irreversibly disappear, as the phenomena recur. extreme weather or how crop yields are reduced with the damaging consequences it causes.

For capitalism, anything goes in its pursuit of immediate benefit, even if for that they have to transform life on the planet and the collective interest into real money, plastic or virtual, destined for tax havens. A money from which few hands will benefit. This is your handbook: Accumulating Wealth by Fostering a Society Based on Believing Those We Transform and Produce Products that the image they sell us, that of consumerism, is our goal. Nothing more degrading or derogatory for the working class than this competitive, non-supportive and irrational society.

In this social model of consumption, among other things, you can not be happy if you do not have your own vehicle or if you can not assume in the social networks of a transcontinental and highly contaminating holidays. Polluting cars are aspired to be subsidized, and when it has contributed to the problem of air pollution it is threatened with sanctions if they do not surrender to buy another that works with another type of energy. Because this is another one, commuting by private vehicle and away from jobs. Is there anything less ecological?

And have a teenager in front of the screen so we can demand more government summits and demobilize! Enough of symbolic strikes and silent concentrations like requiem masses for a planet in destruction. When class consciousness is lost and the struggle to convert a common necessity into a punctual and playful journey is abandoned, at least not to detract from the revolutionary meaning of a strike. Our presence in the demonstration, separated from traditional counterparts and within the framework of a libertarian bloc, responds to the need to denounce that respect for the planet is incompatible with capitalist consumerism and statist communism.

Let's fight for a socioecological model based on self-management.

CNT Catalonia (AIT)

September 2019

Translation> Sol de Abril

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