Civil Disobedience: Pope supports those taking action

BY ROSE MARIE BERGER DID POPE FRANCIS JUST ELEVATE THESE ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVISTS TO RELIGIOUS PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE? NOV 30, 2019 Pope Francis announced this week that “the use of nuclear weapons is immoral, which is why it must be added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” Two years after the Vatican State signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (currently …

UK Government vows to unveil climate roadmap next year but critics demand action not more policies and plans

Jillian Ambrose Tue 15 Oct 2019 Guardian The UK government has vowed to accelerate its climate action for transport sector by drafting new plans to end emissions from trains, planes and cars by 2050. Ministers promised to begin the groundwork on the government’s first detailed plan to decarbonise the transport sector immediately, and unveil the plan in full next year. The …

Buildings Are an Ideal but Overlooked Climate Solution Emma Stewart, Graham Pugh and Matt Jordan – November 04, 2019, Print In her speech before the United Nations in September 2019, Greta Thunberg called out the assembled world leaders for their stubborn adherence to the status quo in the face of an escalating climate crisis. “How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as …

Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

How we understand the capitalist state effects how we think about power and what a socialist transition would mean. In this article, Stephen Maher and Rafael Khachaturian argue that the left in the US needs to move beyond both the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state in order to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. …

Other bad periods: Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

By Ann GibbonsNov. 15, 2018 , 2:00 PM Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he’s got an answer: “536.” Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, “It was the beginning …

Residents of ethnic minority neighborhoods are paying more for utilities than people living in majority-white neighborhoods

It is well-established that the lower a family’s income, the more that family will pay for lighting and heating the house, running appliances, and keeping the wi-fi on. Residents of ethnic minority neighborhoods are paying more for utilities than people living in majority-white neighborhoods, regardless of socioeconomic status, new research shows. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association looks …

Climate crisis, energy transition and mining extractivism: a declaration where social movements come together

December 02, 2019 by The Ecologist COP25, Social Movements and Climate Justice: A declaration on climate crisis, energy transition and extractivism in Latin America byCoalition of Climate Justice Movements Our anti-capitalist struggle is also a decolonial, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist struggle.Social movements were organising their opposition to COP25—in which those most affected by climate violence would be sidelined—even before the popular mobilisation …

Tim Berners Lee Contract for the Web to make online activity safe and accessible for everyone

“While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit,” says Berners-Lee. His solution? A Contract for the Web, a plan to make online activity safe and accessible for everyone. Berners-Lee compares …

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active,” a group of leading scientists have warned

Further, in 2013, Stanford’s Jonathan Koomey published a paper suggesting that instead of relying on economic cost-benefit analyses, climate policy should be shaped by “working forward toward a goal” like the Paris climate targets. In this framework, economics would be used for evaluating the most cost-effective policies to meet the targets, rather than for setting goals or arguing that all policies are …