Climate change is reshaping our world. Coastlines are creeping inland, deserts are growing, . G The climatic changes that are making parts of the world not fit to live are another example of poor people paying the price of capitalism. displaced 22.5 millione are beginning to see the real-world effects of the climate crisis around the world.
The Socialist Party recognises the urgent need to tackle global warming and climate change and amending the categorisation of refugee status may in itself be worthy, it is, nevertheless, fiddling while the planet burns. People have to understand the cause of global warming. Capitalism is the impersonal process of the accumulation of capital out of the surplus value produced by the wage-working class and involves competition to transform this surplus value into money by selling the products in which it is embodied. This battle is won by those enterprises that can sell their products at the lowest price due to their employment of more productive methods. This investment in new productive methods depends on making enough profits (converting enough surplus value into money). So, capitalism is the pursuit of profits to accumulate as more capital. Such “growth” is built into it and cannot be stopped. If ever it was, the whole system would seize up and there would by massive worldwide economic crises. What is required to stabilise the rise in temperature is a global political and social revolution to end capitalism and put “mankind” in full charge of its interaction with the rest of nature (production). Which can only be done on the basis of the Earth’s natural and industrial resources becoming the common heritage of all humanity. To this end, the Socialist Party is organised.
1) If we do have a chance of survival, it is contingent on the establishment of world socialism. If capitalism continues indefinitely, then sooner or later we are doomed.
2) The sooner we establish socialism the better. But better late than never.
3) The climatic and environmental threat to human survival will come to occupy central place among the concerns that inspire people to work for socialism, overshadowing all else.
The Socialist Party can admire the commitment and the sincerity of environment campaigners to do something about climate change but the solution is not through reforms and appeals to the capitalist class and their banks. To aim for a better world, we first have to understand and explain how our present society is arranged. Political parties other than the Socialist Party support the basic way society is structured, or just assume it’s the only way things can be. They say that it can be improved from within, by changes to the law, or finding more funding from the public purse. Palliative policies and more government investment may help in the short-term but they only last as long as they fit in with the economic and political wishes of the ruling elite. The needs of the people aren’t important.