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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire Tract - AL, Ecology: After COP21, no change on the horizon (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:00:51 +0200

The climate agreement that came out of COP21 is "historic" for those who still believe in the promises of governments. Behind the great symbolic statements, it introduces no concrete commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and keeps the door wide open for capitalism so-called "green" continues to ravage the planet. ---- The Paris agreement: a completely hollow agreement ---- The new "limit" of 1.5 ° C attached to global warming, presented as the great success of the negotiations, is in fact a diplomatic maneuver to calm the civil society and the most threatened by climate disasters countries come. in For the moment, the commitments of States on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions leading to a warming of 3° C by the end of the century!

The agreement therefore invites States to rapidly propose more ambitious commitments ... or what? Or nothing! Because no sanctions are foreseen in case of non compliance. But rest assured, a new group of "experts" will ensure transparency of the process and analyze for us the "progress" of states! Phew, we are saved ...

After COP21 no change on the horizon - leaflet
Of course, lobbying helping multinationals, the agreement is silent on the need to abandon fossil fuels, or the responsibility of industrial agriculture in the ecological disaster. As for not evoke even a mild criticism of the cult of growth and production-madness, then there are not dreaming.

Vive green growth!

In fact, the agreement is another triumph of neoliberalism: each state is as it sees fit to meet these fine objectives, meaning today, roughly, to "let the private sector do!" Privatize, send " signal "to markets, encourage the" compensation "(a tree is planted while continuing to burn oil), develop renewable energies to lag larigot ... And we trust this" green growth "to save the planet, and create million jobs by the way!

But behind these speeches, the same logic of frenzied exploitation of nature persist, worsen see, for example with industrial forest management to produce electricity based on renewable biomass supposedly. No, let's be serious, no logic of "growth" can not claim to solve the climate and environmental problems in general. There is only one solution is to limit our consumption of energy, resources, and thus of material goods, transportation, gadgets, etc. But this amounts to limit the profits of the capitalists, which they obviously unbearable.

Ecology to the stick

In fact, what mainly showed the COP21 is that ecology will be a pretext, like the fight against terrorism, to strengthen the state authority. The ban on demonstrations during the summit, mass arrests and house arrest of activists green, have hinted. Because as the climate goes haywire (December was full of "anomalies": temperatures, tornadoes, fires, floods), social and economic problems will intensify, and the protest against the hypocrisy and inaction of governments. The leaders want to strengthen authoritarian and therefore security logic to "maintain order" and "manage" climate chaos they have created. Unless we give a damn them out by then!

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