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(en) France, Alternative libertaire #221 - Convergences: Environmental awareness and revolutionary consciousness (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:11:20 +0200


Face the environmental challenge that threatens to destroy the planet, revolutionaries must grasp the importance of abandoning all the productivist logic in the service of ecology and social conscience. ---- The term consciousness is polysemic, defining the mental faculty to understand the outside world or the inner personality. Religious and secular currents to incorporate ethical and spiritual concepts, it is called conscience. Bakunin already talked about social awareness class. The importance of membership in the class struggle past or present is demonstrated. However, it is regrettable that class consciousness is often lost to defending the productivist system in order to save jobs. This logic does not allow access to environmental issues, the development of environmentally conscious libertarian is required.

While attitudes revolutionary change. Libertarian alternative adopted in 2010 a motion "Face the ecological challenge, three revolutions are necessary" in trade, in patterns of consumption and production patterns. The Anarchist Federation also adopted two motions on the decline in 2004 and 2008. Social ecology theory continues to Elysée Reclus André Gorz. And it is clear NGOs often reformists have done important work to raise awareness in the last century. Face the environmental challenge that awaits us, our policy responses and labor are often not up to par. However, it is urgent.

Collective awareness

Industrial and agricultural choices today will impact our future and that of future generations. Take the example of electrical energy: French nuclear power plants reach the end of life by 15 years. Do not make the decision to phase out nuclear power now is to anticipate building a new generation of reactor (EPR or mini-power submersible subject under consideration).

If the catastrophic environmental discourse can be a source of sectarian manipulation, it has the advantage of having participated in an awareness throughout society. In contrast, the optimistic discourse practiced by our political reformers and consisting decry thermometers, participates in stagnation while the capitalists continue their looting ecologically and socially. If an ecological conscience motivated by the sirens of doom often leads to individual responses necessary but insufficient, the bad conscience made by the mainstream media and supported by the advocates of sustainable development should not obscure the obligation of a collective awareness . Our struggles will a real transformation of our societies when the revolutionary consciousness will combine social and ecological consciousness.

Commission ecology AL
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