‘Capitalism, a global system that puts profits before people, has brought us to the brink of a climate-induced catastrophe that can destroy humanity.’
The following statement was issued by the Philippines socialist party Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses) on September 24.
In December 2013, the PLM began a public discussion of a
draft document that outlines the party’s political orientation, which
it calls ‘bayanihang sosyalismo.’ We are also publishing that document,
which has much in common with the ecosocialist perspective that C&C
PLM STATEMENT ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Climate Action, Not Words!
Capitalism Has No Solutions!
For a Socialist Alternative!
President Aquino concluded his United Nations speech by posing the
question: What more can we do? The question is rhetorical, even
hypocritical, as the President very well knows what needs to be done: to
address the demands of the mass movements, which he has heard, but not
We have been campaigning for an end to coal-based power generation,
for example. How has the President responded? By dramatically increasing
coal power generation. His actions are completely contrary to his
statements. We are confounded not by the inaction of the President but
by his sheer hypocrisy. Time after time his government has shown utter
disregard for the mass movement demands and demonstrated where its real
interests lie. Not with the people and the environment, but with
sustaining corporate profits, such as that of Meralco and the mining
companies, and sustaining capitalist interests AT ALL COST, whatever the
We need to develop the energy sector based on moving to 100%
renewables. This has to be consistent with our social and economic
program, which is based on community ownership and control. Large
centralised systems are prone to corruption and serve the interests of
the big corporations. The smaller, decentralised systems are more
conducive to community ownership and control. They are also far more
effective in responding to climate change impacts.
During typhoon Yolanda, solar-powered lanterns were the most
practical and quickest way to provide lighting and protection at night
in the affected communities, especially for women and children. It also
became apparent that if the generation and distribution systems were
decentralised minigrids, they could have been operational in a matter of
days. These systems are not “high-tech”. The technology exists, such as
solar PV technology. The costs keep declining. They require very little
routine operation and maintenance. Such systems are ‘smart’ because
they can benefit the people, not corporate and corrupt political
interests. What does not exist is the political will to move in this
direction, in a determined and comprehensive way.
It’s capitalism, a global system based on prioritising profits over
people, which has brought us to the brink of a climate-induced
catastrophe that can destroy humanity. There is no ‘sustainable
capitalism’. There’s ‘disaster capitalism’, which epitomizes capitalist
greed for profit, at any cost.
And this is happening before our very eyes. In the Philippines, we go
through one climate crisis after another, with the loss of thousands of
lives. And the class issues don’t recede, but come to the forefront,
because it’s the poor who are the most vulnerable, while the rich flee
in their helicopters, as we witnessed during Typhoon Yolanda.
Now they are coming back, like vultures, to make profits out of the
disaster and human misery. The PNoy regime is completely wedded to
preserving and serving these neo-liberal capitalist interests. It is the
architect of ‘disaster capitalism’ in post-Yolanda Visayas.
We understand that this is a global challenge and the industrialised
countries bear a historic responsibility. While we demand that they are
made accountable for their climate debt, we also believe that a national
government which is not wedded to capitalist and elite interests can
play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis and in saving
and protecting lives. This is demonstrated by the actions of the
socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. The government of Evo
Morales is attempting to move Bolivia not only in a post-extractivist,
but a post-capitalist direction, by helping foster the communitarian
sector. It shows what is possible in a small country, when a government
is prepared to break with the capitalist neoliberal agenda and follow a
An alternative path to the neoliberal-capitalist development model is
needed: a 21st century socialist alternative. This is no time to tinker
at the edges, pleading for minor changes. The capitalist system must be
dismantled and a socialist system must be constructed, one that is
based on social and economic solidarity and the power of the masses – a ‘bayanihang sosyalismo’
for the 21st century. There is no capitalist sustainability. A 21st
century socialist alternative gives us more than a fighting chance to
address the climate crisis.
taken from here
As Climate and Capitalism says - 'much in common with the ecosocialism perspective that C & C supports' - there is also much in common here with the WSM perspective. Our common overall aim is the overthrow of the global capitalist system in favour of the socialist alternative, details of which will be honed, decided and agreed upon democratically as we move closer to that goal.
In this spirit the discussion paper of December 2013 can be found along with the above statement at the link here.