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The Little Red Climate-Book

ByJack Conrad

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Anthropogenic climate change represents the most acute danger to human civilisation, perhaps human life itself. Well, that and generalised nuclear exchange. Only if truly revolutionary measures are taken do we stand a chance of surviving. Yet governments, whether of the conservative, liberal or reformist type, for all their eco-posturing, are in thrall to accumulation for the sake of accumulation, production for the sake of production. The mark of the beast is M-C-M'. Even if we take seriously the solemn commitments made in Paris 2015, of reducing carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 - and only a fool would - it is probably too late. The opportunity to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and “preferably” to just 1.5°C, has, in all likelihood, already passed. Emissions of greenhouse gases have continued apace. The world is giddily, crazily, on course to exceed 1.5°C: the “central estimate” being 2030-32. The 2°C threshold is expected to be passed between 2034 and 2052. The danger of a 4°C temperature rise might be avoided, but only if we act quickly and decisively. A 4°C world would see the polar ice caps melt, sea levels head for a 10-metre rise, a thawing of Arctic circle permafrost and a feedback surge in global temperatures. Mass extinction of flora and fauna inevitably follows. The North American wheat belt turns to desert. States collapse. Millions are displaced. Countless cities are inundated: Alexandria, Dhaka, Jakarta, Bangkok, Kolkata, Miami, Houston, New Orleans, Rotterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Osaka and Shanghai lie top of the list. Along with much of Europe and western Asia, Britain eventually fragments into a series of islands. Protests in the name of Green New Deal, Just Stop Oil, Insulate Britain, Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future are well intended, but woefully inadequate. Nor are strikes, occupations or sabotage anywhere enough. The politics of protest must be superseded by the politics of power. Three things immediately follow. 1. Communists must present their differences with others, including on the left, when it comes to dealing with the climate crisis. 2. Communists must explain why preventing climate change becoming catastrophic social collapse requires system change. 3. Communists must show what sort of organisation, what sort of political programme, what sort of government is needed if we are to bring about system change. That is why The Little Red Climate Book has been published.


Publication Date
Mar 24, 2023
Social Science
Creative Commons NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
By (author): Jack Conrad


Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Pocket Book (4.25 x 6.875 in / 108 x 175 mm)


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