The Crisis of Climate Change – Workshop
“Where should socialists be in the environmental movement and what should they be doing?”
Friday, July 24, 3:45
PM to 6:45 PM [?]
1231 Market St., SF, CA
[Moderators, Structure, Presenters, Themes and Goals]
Steve Willett Meta and Van Sickle
a. Climate Change, the current scientific consensus on threats and possible responses, with an emphasis on the probable timelines, crucial tipping points and likely consequences. Meta Van Sickle firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Current status of government and industry response to the climate change crises. Current international and US proposals and their likely reduction of climate change damages, with a focus on the political, economic and military factors as barriers to success. Ted Pearson email@example.com.
c. Non-governmental environmental movement; An overview of the different perspectives, proposals and approaches to the threat of climate change, their strengths and weaknesses in terms of human consequences. Al Weinrub firstname.lastname@example.org .
d. Eco-socialism. The political science of responses
to the threats of environmental change. The differences in analysis and
response between: socialist versus capitalist, world view versus nationalist,
secure versus vulnerable peoples and the subsequent political strategies and
their likelihood of success both politically and scientifically. Steve Willett email@example.com
a. Help CCDS understand the major issues and political responses.
b. Clarify possible common ground among alternative response to both the technical and political challenges of the crises of climate change.
c. Clarify the potential role of CCDS and other socialist organizations in contributing to a progressive understanding and response to the threats of catastrophic climate changes.
d. Explore the opportunity and importance for CCDS and other socialists to (1) provide strategic leadership in describing the political-economic threat and harm to the world’s people and (2) therefore calling for a comprehensive planned response by the world’s powers to prevent these catastrophes where possible and prepare for the best possible outcome.
Two examples point out the human difficulty reacting to catastrophic events. As many have pointed out, facing a clearly perceived and imminent threat such as a major comet, the world would likely unite around what we must do to prevent impact or survive. But facing the known threat of Katrina, we neither prepared for nor prevented the catastrophic results. If we dare not assume the crisis of climate change will give us a second chance, what should be our response now?
Prepare if possible:
a. Sections 1, 2 and 3 above, with brief biographies of the presenters and schedule for discussion.
b. List of primary sources and links and contact information for CCDS and Climate Change Committee.
a. These materials should if possible be selected and prepared for this workshop and convention. For example David’s “Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe” is excellent in depth and detail, but a long read and not focused on CCDS. Ted’s “Two Crises – One Solution: Green Jobs – Good Jobs” presents an action oriented perspective for CCDS, but leaves out some issues such a Eco-socialism, prevention as a mobilizing focus and some other strategic political approaches. I urge that or materials and presentations aim at clarification, simplification and the common cause.