We need to take the use of science and technology out of the hands of a handful of profiteers and make it accountable to and controlled by a harmonious socialist society and then it will be possible to really harness science as a mighty lever for benefiting mankind and the environment. We need to radically transform the way we relate to one another and to nature. It is crucial to understand that the widespread damage to our environment originates from the normal functioning of the system and not from any malfunction or aberration.
The central driving forces of the system as a whole is endless growth driven by commerce seeking maximum profitability. The ruling class has no good ideas about how to address the existential crises of the destruction of our ecosystems. Today's giant predatory corporations have vandalised our world. It is profits and accumulation of capital which motivates the operations of the economic system. If anyone believe that by just protesting and appealing to the good will and humanitarian instincts of the predatory financiers and industrialists will change the situation for the better, they are building upon illusions. To appeal to the good will, common sense and even self-interest of the big financiers and industrialists is to expect them to be able to abandon the lucrative profits, exploitation and oppression which are linked to pollution. We live in a world dominated by capitalism, a system which allows a small minority of capitalists to oppress and exploit the great majority of humanity. It is capitalism that causes the growing devastation of our natural environment. Either we get rid of this outmoded and increasingly decrepit system or it will devastate humankind.
The only viable way forward is to achieve socialism, a class-free and state-free society on a world scale where people do not oppress and exploit each other and where we live in harmony with our natural environment. To create world socialism it is necessary to overthrow the rule of capitalism. We believe that people have the human right to sharing all the resources available for the makings of a good life. This means clean water, air, and soil.
The ‘blame-the-people’ approach to the breakdown of our ecological balance diverts the justifiable anger of the people from the ruling class that is responsible for the deteriorating conditions. The root of the problem is not people nor their numbers but capitalism itself. The truth is that our ruling elite does not care what happens to the ecology so long as their investment portfolios are yielding high dividends. We have to stop fooling ourselves. There is a calculated gamble that is being pursued by the ruling class. If we are to survive, we are going to have to get out of the game, before the stakes have gotten too high and we are risking civilisation’s existence.
Some people insist that it doesn’t have to be this bad. We can clean up the planet. But the trouble is structural.