Some of the Major Documents and Position Papers of CCDS on Climate Change 2009 to present:
Peoples Climate March 9/21/2014 NYC We urge everyone to bring their ideas and friends to this crucial effort to force government and those with resources to unite in preventing the catastrophes of climate change we all face.
- Change the System not the Climate pamphlet is produced by the Climate Change Committee of CCDS, 2014. PDF on this site. CCDS is selling this statement individually and in bulk. This statement emphasizes the science of climate change and strategies of Green Jobs, Green Energy and wide spread organizing. It should be noted that due to personal health reasons and some differences in politcal emphasis, I left the chairmanship some time ago and continue to feel it is far more important to focus on what needs to be done to prevent whatever catastrophic climate changes we can in the time we have. My arguments are outlined in past documents on this site and most recently in Climate Change - An Unprecedented Challenge This means, as some of the most far sighted leaders have pointed out for years, that we need a worldwide movement that insists on telling the people the truth about the threats we face and the time lines the science dictates. In the past, many progressives were afraid to frighten the public, arguing that too scared, average people would become immobilized instead of energized. Slow building toward a more sustainable future is preferred, if we have the time. Even the scientists now concede we don't have time and must work to build a worldwide movement demanding all possible prevention efforts, especially the political forces necessary to overcome the resistance of the carbon based, military industrial complex. On the weekend of September 19-21, 2014 in NYC, the largest demonstrations in the US against climate change may help to tip the balance toward real prevention efforts. So the classic questions of How much time do we have? and What is to be done? are more crucial than ever. Walter Teague.
- Presentation on Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe? at SALSA-IPS on Oct. 12th, 2009
- See the resolution on climate change adopted by CCDS 7/24/2009
- Climate Change - An Unprecedented Challenge MS Doc version.
Members of the Climate Change Committee drafted a longer background
paper based on David Schwartzman's draft. The Metro DC chapter prepared
and distributed copies at the Left Forum in New York City 3/19/2010 and
at some local DC events, receiving good feedback. The current edition was updated 6/23/2010 in preparation for the US Social Forum. It will be edited based on further feedback.
- Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe (How far are we from catastrophe?) David Schwartzman's original slide show . Here is a later version of the slide show that was used at the US Social Forum in Detroit, 6/24/2010. It has 41 pages plus some extras from 42 on.
- A basic leaflet on Climate Change
has been approved for distribution by the NEC of CCDS. Drafted by the
Climate Change Committee, it represents the current consensus of CCDS
views and political positions on responding to the climate change
challenge. A number are being printed for distribution at the US Social
Forum in Detroit June 22-25, 2010. Members are urged to print copies and
convey feedback to the committee. Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Leaflet PDF, MS Doc version. 6/10/2010.
In the last several years,
environmental awareness and the climate change movement has
become worldwide, yet the response is still inadequate and often
conflicted about how much time
we have and what can or should be done. While resistance to a
approach to preventing C3 (and obtaining a sustainable environment) comes
from both economic and
national conflicts, it is primarily the self-interest of
global corporate military industrial powers that oppose serious shift to
a sustainable eco-system. The evidence is clear that the military industrial fossil fuel complex ("MIC" for
short) recognizes the reality and threats of climate change, but it is also clear that rather than give up their power or privilege - which reaching a sustainable environment would require - they have chosen to make the rest of the world, the 99% pay the price for keeping them in power.
This resistance that President Dwight Eisenhower identified 60 years ago as a
great burden on humanity and is now led by an expanded nuclear military industrial fossil fuel complex. Therefore whatever avoidance of C3 is still possible, will require
the end of oil and fossil fuel addiction, giving up the nuclear option
and a rapid conversion to a high efficiency solar energy infrastructure.
Since the U.S. component of this MIC complex is the major obstacle to this path, the US imperial agenda must be confronted, isolated, and
finally eliminated if we are to thwart the biggest threat to human survival. More precisely,
its material infrastructure should be solarized, with containment of its
huge legacy of chemical and nuclear waste. The people of the world must demand and achieve a solarized and demilitarized
world, a formidable challenge to say the least! Achievable only with a
socialized or socialist approach. (See Schwartzman, Ecosocialism
The Climate Change arguments of this page can be
- The scientific community has concluded that climate change
is real, is threatening our ecosystem and is significantly
accelerated by human activity. In 2011 and 2012, it is
notable that leading environmental scientists were once again surprised
the rate of threatening climate changes.
- Even the past, more conservative estimates of the rate and extent
of climate change predict that if not significantly reduced in the next
few years, we face catastrophic and irreparable threats when ecosystem
tipping points are breached.
- Current efforts to organize a world wide response capable
of slowing and preventing catastrophic climate change remain conflicted,
insufficient and unlikely to succeed. A recent positive sign is the The People's Agreement of Cochabamba, Bolivia adopted by
more than 10,000 people, from 135 countries of the developing world,
meeting April 20-22, 2010. An even more recent positive development has
been the adoption and expansion of environmental concerns and organizing
by Occupy movements worldwide.
- Given the global scope and difficulties of stopping, much
less reversing the factors causing climate change, any plan that is compromised
by national and economic interests is likely to be inadequate and fatally
late, which is why it is imperative that the best science of tipping points inform and guide the political time frame.
- For a mass based movement to grow and
succeed, the general public must be fully informed of the nature of the
threat and the minimal steps needed to prevent catastrophic climate
change. To do less is to risk fatally misinforming them.
- Therefore, it is clear that a socialist approach to climate change
is necessary if we are to succeed. It would be based on three
primary positions; (1) that any climate change prevention plan must
be based on the best science available, (2) that all people's needs
be considered, based on their vulnerability to climate change and not
citizenship or economic status and (3) that no political, military
or economic interference be allowed to sabotage the success of the
The importance and substance of this argument for a socialist
based plan are further argued in the following documents. Clarifications
and additions welcomed.
CCDS - Documents, discussion
and resources (chronologically arranged):
Climate Change Catastrophe Earlier position paper from 12/06/2006
on CCDS web site. Additional sources and links available from Walter Teague. [Hisory of effort to adopt a Climate Change position and paper in CCDS.]
Ecology and Globalization Writings on Eco-Socialism by David Schwartzman.
- Why [is
there] No Call to PREVENT coming Catastrophic Climate Change? Questions
from 11/7/06 and updated 8/6/08 by W. Teague. Additional sources and links available from Walter Teague.
- Leadership in the face of Catastrophic Climate Change? A draft comparing the failure of leadership around Katrina and the challenge of preventing catastrophic climate change. PDF version
- Why Eco-socialism? This introduction to David Schwartzman's article Ecosocialism or
Ecocatastrophe? was presented at the CCDS Southern Regional Conference in Charleston, SC on 3/21/09.
- “The Crisis of Climate Change” Workshop Panel at the CCDS National Convention July 24, 2009.
- Proposal on a call for leadership
This proposal on the need for an Eco-socialist perspective and
leadership to prevent Catastrophic Climate Change was adopted at the
CCDS National Convention on 7/24/09.
- Rethinking our Strategy is Imperative [unavailable now]- Comment on the UN Climate Change Science Compendium 2009
- Metro DC Presents Eco-Socialism on 10-12-09. The slide show for this presentation in PDF SALSA.pdf
- Why Eco-socialism? Update of leaflet used with David Schwartzman's presentations.
- RSA Report
Sydney Royal Arts Society in October, 2009, asked “is it too late to
prevent Catastrophic Climate Change?” and detailed what must be done to
give us the best chance to survive, an essentially eco-socialist
- Fight Climate Change, Not Wars Davis Schwartzman's 12/11/09 posting on this subject.
- CCDS Recruiting Brochure This is the two page brochure put out in February, 2010. MS Word version.
- The Belem Ecosocialist Declaration
This declaration argues that a strong eco-socialist position is needed
to effectively deal with climate change was prepared in 2007 and
distributed at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, Jan. 2009. It
argues that capitalism can not reform sufficiently to prevent
catastrophic climate change. A copy on the CCDS discussion page includes some disagreements on this issue. A printable PDF copy.
- Storms of My Children: The Truth About The Coming Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity
James Hansen, 2009. Excellent presentation of the latest science and
analysis of what must be done to prevent catastrophic climate change.
- David Schwartzman's slides Ecosocialism or Ecocatastrophe (How far are we from catastrophe?
What can be done to prevent it?); (updated version Feb. 12, 2010)
- At the Precipice of Catastrophic Climate Change?
Some thoughts on what it will take for us to change our nature and try
to prevent catastrophes instead of reacting too late with too
little. Consider the 2008 remake of the film "The Day the Earth Stood
Still." Klaatu’s last words, “At the precipice we change.” Walter Teague 3/4/2010.
- Climate Change - An Unprecedented Challenge.
A 10 page examination of the dangers of climate change and need for a
scientific and political plan to mobilize effective preventative
responses to avoid Catastrophic Climate Change (C3). Written 3/19/2010
and expanded up to 6/22/2010.
- The Wrong Kind of Green: How Conservative Groups are Bargaining Away our Future. Johann Hari, The Nation, 3/22/2010
- A New Climate Movement in Bolivia.
Naomi Klein, The Nation, 4/10/2010. A brief article on the very
important World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of
Mother Earth held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. See web for many reviews.
- An Open Letter to Bill McKibben: in The Nation May 3rd.
Lorna Salzman asks why McKibben and his organization 350.org have
proposed no serious political plans to realize the very important goal
of their organization. 4/25/2010.
- World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth,
held in Cochabamba, Bolivia April 19-22, 2010. This update was posted
5/7/2010. There are many links and drafts posted by the conference. You
can start at their home page. or do a Google search for comments and reviews.
- Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change Leaflet PDF, MS Doc version. 6/10/2010. CCDS 3 fold leaflet.
- Greg Craven's
lively application of the 'precautionary principle' to the
contemporary U.S. debate about how to respond to climate change. This video spells out the logic of taking serious preventative actions to thwart catastrophic climate change..
- Naomi Klein: "Capitalism vs. the Climate," The Nation, November 9, 2011.
Read Naomi Klein's (author of "The Shock Doctrine") most recent
analysis of the links between organizing against the worst of
imperialism, corporate misrule and the growing mass based climate change
movement. Essentially, Klein lays out the scientific and political
arguments for the necessity of an Ecosocialist response. Capitalism vs. the Climate.PDF on this site.
- How can we build the movement to stop climate change? by Ben Courtice posted 4/20/2012 to Climate & Capitalsm. An examination of how to build climate change movments in the industrial nations, in this example in Australia.
- McKibben’s climate math is too narrow and too broad, by David Schwartzman posted 7/24/2012 to Climate & Capitalism. PDF
- Change the System, not the Climate, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism. PDF By the Climate Change Committee of CCDS, July 2014. Available in bulk from: Address: 220 E. 42nd St, (Room 407), New York, NY 10017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals to deal with Climate Change (all left, except explicitly
- Manifesto On Global Economic Transitions, A Project of The International Forum on Globalization, The
Institute For Policy Studies, Global Project on Economic Transitions,
Sept. 2007. www.ifg.org/v2/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/manifesto.pdf from
International Forum on Globalization http://www.ifg.org. PDF
Perspectives on Climate Change (those that use a socialist analysis
on both cause and cure):
- The Debate Heats up, Transforming food into fuels [corn
ethanol] is a monstrosity. Fidel Castro, May 10, 2007.http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=49145&STARTPAGE=1&FTVAR_MSGDBTABLE=
Tragedy Threatening our Species. Fidel Castro, May 8, 2007. http://www.voltairenet.org/article147978.html
is Imperative to Immediately Carry out an Energy Revolution. Fidel
Castro, May 1, 2007. http://www.socialistvoice.ca/?p=176
- An Ecosocialist Manifesto, By Joel Kovel and Michael
Lowy (Sept 2001) http://members.optushome.com.au/spainter/Ecosocialist.html. Ecosocialist Manifesto 2nd Draft thewatermelon.wordpress.com/homepage/ and easier to read verison http://internationalgreensocialist.wordpress.com/ecosocialist-manifesto-2nd-draft/.
- Social Change to Stop Climate Change, statement from
Climate Change/Social Change conference, Sydney, Australia, April
24, 2008. Posted at socialisteducation.blogspot.com
Responses to Climate Change (differentiated from left, system challengers proposals):
- Al Gore.
- Tony Blair warned “that the world will reach ‘catastrophic
tipping points’ on climate change within 15 years, unless serious
action is taken to tackle global warming ”at the EU summit in Lahti,
Finland 10/20/2006. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/oct/20/greenpolitics.politics
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Next
President's First Task [A Manifesto], Vanity Fair, May 2008. http://tinyurl.com/57rto4
- U.S. Climate Change Science Program, "U.S. Already
Affected by Warming" in "Report Details Effects of Climate
Change Across U.S." by Juliet Eilperin,
The Washington Post, May 28, 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5qcx9g The research by
the Agriculture Dept. was carried out by 38 scientists, researching
thousands of papers.
- Tony Blair, Leading On Climate Change: How Action in
Congress Can Move the World, The Washington Post, May 29, 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5arznh
Corporate Responses to Climate Change (include government and military
components of capitalism):
- UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Feb 3, 2007 http://www.ipcc.ch/
- Center for Naval Analysis - National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change, May 2014. National Security and the Threat of Climate Change.
Change Deniers (include primary institutions and trends):
Vaclav Klaus, President Czech Republic, Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What Is Endangered: Climate
of Freedom, 2008. "The largest threat to freedom, democracy,
the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at
the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism. It is,
instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."
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