Free Markets Won’t Get Us to 100% Renewables Bart Shteinman – Politics & Economics   For those of us anguished by the Climate Crisis, positive stories about renewables are a kind of planetary Prozac – they put us in a sunnier mood when all else seems dark and futile. A new record-beating price here, a…

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Idle factories, empty highways, and grounded passenger jets. With Covid-19 shutting down broad swathes of the global economy, it has been a silver lining for some that our planet might finally be enjoying a temporary respite.

Following the initial outbreak in Wuhan, February carbon dioxide emissions were recorded to have fallen year-on-year by 25% for the entire Chinese economy.

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Intersections of racial subjugation and environmental destruction are no coincidence. Whatever the form, an economic and political system that is driven by extractivism functions by devaluing life; commodifying the parts it can profit from – and sacrificing those it cannot. 

In the face of this, the mainstream environmental movement in the West has been, for most of its 150-year history, implicitly exclusionary to people of colour. Even worse, from its birth in the late 1800s, it has been frequently complicit in racialized oppression, from the expulsion of Indigenous Peoples from America’s National Parks to the neo-colonial enclosure of land in the Global South for dubious ‘carbon offsets’.

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Barring another global pandemic, next year the world’s governments will meet in Glasgow for the UN’s 26th Climate Change Conference. The meeting – pitched as the most pivotal since the Paris Agreement in 2015 – will bring together 30,000 delegates to hammer out how national governments will meet the ambitious goal of limiting temperature rises to ‘well below 2 degrees’ above pre-industrial levels.

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What Does It Mean To Be Climatized? Bart Shteinman When a debate rages furiously and endlessly with no answer, it is time to challenge the very question being asked. Even as we burn in wildfires that cross entire continents, are drowned in flash floods that engulf entire cities, witness species going extinct at one hundred…

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