We are at a cross roads in terms of the impact of our species on the planet. The actions of modern human beings, ‘homo sapiens’—i.e. us—are set to determine, during the course of the 21st century, whether or not the planet we live on, along with millions of other species, will remain habitable .
I very much welcome Daniel Tanuro’s recently posted article on the IV site on climate change and ecology entitled “Confronted by the ecological emergency: project of society, programme, strategy”. It is based on presentation he made at the FI international youth camp in Belgium in August of this year.
The Landscapes on Uncrowded.org are conspicuously lacking in people: a spacious meadow, a desert stretching to a distant mountain range, and a calm expanse of water.The Washington D.C. non-profit promotes a troubling message against this bucolic backdrop. They claim that national and international laws encourage irresponsible childbearing and overly large populations.
This is an important work and should be widely read by anyone concerned about ecological destruction and climate change. It is packed with facts and analysis to make campaigning more effective. It is it not, however, uncontroversial—at least from my point of view. This rather lengthy review, therefore, will seek both to draw out the strengths of the book and to take up those aspects that I regard as problematic.
In A left ‘exit strategy’ from fossil fuel capitalism? , Norwegian socialist Anders Ekeland urges ecosocialists to support the climate change program proposed by one of the world’s most-respected climate scientists, James Hansen, in many essays and speeches and in his book, Storms of my Grandchildren. In support of his argument, Ekeland particularly cites John Bellamy Fosters’ article James Hansen and the climate-change exit strategy , published in Monthly Review in February 2013.
James Hansen has long been recognised as the world’s foremost climate scientist. He recently retired from the directorship of the Goddard institute for Space Studies, as he put it, to spend more time campaigning against climate change.
The concept an “exit strategy” was coined by John Bellamy Foster in a review of the famous climate scientist — and climate activist — James Hansen’s proposal of a “fee and dividend” system in a 2013 Monthly Review article.  Foster introduces the exit strategy concept in the following way:
The effect of population growth on the ecological crisis is a discussion rarely taken up by the left, including the Fourth International. We are inviting contributions on it, of which the first, by Alan Thornett, is “Population and the environment: time for a rethink”.