On this, World Environment Day (BST), an Ecosocialist Alliance has released a public statement (reproduced below), ahead of the G7 conference, calling on the leaders of those nations, for a Just Transition away from social inequality and the ecological crisis. The G7 conference is from 11 to 13 June, in Cornwall, England. Ecosocialist organisations and individuals from the UK and other countries have signed up to the statement.
This is the effective launch of a campaign begun by ecosocialist activists in the UK, which will see other actions taken in the lead up to the COP26 Climate Conference, in November later this year in Glasgow, Scotland. The statement will be released by the signatory groups on their websites and social media today (5 June).
The Ecosocialist Alliance will make the case for ecosocialist solutions to the economic recovery and ecological crisis, publicly, in the months ahead, leading up to the COP26 conference of world leaders.
Many groups will protest at G7 and COP26, and be asking for similar things, and we join with them in this. But in what is, I think, the first of a kind for a growing world ecosocialist movement, we will promote an explicitly ecosocialist agenda.
There is an email address at the end of the statement, to use if you would like to add your support, and to receive details of future actions, including a public Zoom meeting on 9 June, at 19:00 hours (BST).
Ecosocialist Alliance Statement on G7 Conference
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US (and the EU) have a great part of the immense wealth of the richest countries in the world in 2021. This wealth is more than sufficient to provide for the needs for food, water, health, housing and education of the global population.
We face multiple interlinked and inseparable crises. Climate, environment, mass extinctions, emergent infectious diseases and economic. Oligarchic ownership of industry and the transnational corporations are key contributors to environmental degradation and to emergent infectious diseases crises. They are inimical and a core barrier to the urgent measures needed to address the nested crises we face.
The world and its population need system change, a just ecosocialist transition from the unsustainable chaos of neo-liberal capitalism.
We call upon the G7 nations to agree a plan in preparation for the COP26 meeting in November this year:
On the Covid-19 pandemic and emergent infectious disease crisis to:
· Immediately introduce a patent waiver for Covid-19 vaccines that would allow countries to manufacture treatments locally, fully fund COVAX, and set up an aid fund to help with vaccine manufacturing, research and development.
· Increase funding to the WHO.
On the Climate Crisis:
· Agree that fossil fuels must stay in the ground – (no new coal mine in west Cumbria, UK) – We need a massive global program of green public works investing in green jobs to develop renewable energy, replace harmful technology reliant on fossil fuel energy in homes, industry and agriculture, with free technology transfer for developing countries.
· Agree and implement a significant cut in greenhouse gas emissions of 70% by 2030, from a 1990 baseline. We need honest and transparent accounting in measurement of emissions, taking account of outsourcing, exposing the dishonesty of offsetting calculations, and including military greenhouse gas emissions in calculations of the reductions needed.
· End emissions trading schemes and make genuine reductions in harmful emissions.
· Recognise the particular impacts of the long-term global crisis and the knock-on effects on the localised catastrophic events on women, children, elders and disabled people – catastrophe climate events and sea level rises produce the casualties of the event, but the victims are the result of systematic abuse, discrimination, and failure of governmental and corporate responsibility.
On the environment and mass extinction crises:
· Move away from massive factory farms and large scale monoculture agribusiness as a method of producing food and support small farmers and eco-friendly farming methods, and invest in green agricultural technology to reduce synthetic fertiliser and pesticide use in agriculture, replacing these with organic methods.
· End deforestation in the tropical and boreal forests by reducing demand in G7 countries for food, timber and biofuel imports.
· End food and nutrition insecurity for small farmers in the global south by promoting an agricultural system based on human rights and food sovereignty through giving local control over natural resources, seeds, land, water, forests and knowledge and technology.
· Commit to a massive increase in protected areas for biodiversity conservation, both in the G7 countries and make funding and support available to do this in the global south.
· To recognise that migration is already and will increasingly be driven by long term environmental change and degradation resulting from climate change, driven primarily by the historic emissions of the metropolitan countries of the global north – accommodating and supporting free movement of people must be a core policy and necessary part of planning for the future.
On the Economic Crisis:
· Increase wages and cut working hours for all G7 workers and involve trade unions in the economic transition without any loss of living standards, and to allow for greater worker involvement in workplace safety and resilience.
· Adopt ‘Just Transition’ principles, creating well paid jobs in the new economy.
· Outlaw tax havens, so wealthy corporations and individuals pay their fair share to the economic recovery. The economic costs of the pandemic should not be borne by those least able to do so.
· Cancel all international debt of the global south.
· Support urgent development of sustainable and affordable public transport.
· Provide resources for popular education and involvement in implementing and enhancing a just transition.
If groups/individuals would like to add their name to this statement please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your country of residence. You can also get details of our future actions including our public Zoom meeting on 9 June, 19:00 hours (BST).
Green Left (UK)
Left Unity (UK)
Ecosocialist Independent Group (UK) Lancaster City Council
Global Ecosocialist Network (International)
Anti-Fracking Nanas (UK)
Socialist Project (Canada)
System Change Not Climate Change (USA/Canada)
Pittsburgh Green Left (USA)
Climate and Capitalism (International)
Undod (Unity or Solidarity, in English) (Wales, UK)
Beatrix Campbell (UK) (OBE, writer and broadcaster)
Romayne Phoenix (UK)
Victor Wallis (USA) (ecosocialist author)
Professor Krista Cowman (UK), historian
Dee Searle (UK)
Lucy Early (UK)
Patrick Bond (South Africa)
Derek Wall (UK) ecosocialist author, Lecturer in Political Economy, former Green Party of England and Wales International Co-ordinator
John Foran (USA)
Felicity Dowling (UK)
Steve Masters (UK) (Green Party of England and Wales activist & West Berkshire District Councillor)
Dr. Henry Adams (UK) (ecologist & environmental activist)
Charles Gate, (UK)
Nicole Haydock (UK)
Gordon Peters (UK)
Mark Hollinrake (UK)
Pat McCarthy (UK)
Clive Healiss (UK)
Rafael Arturo Guariguata (Germany)
Declan Walsh (UK)
Jim Hollinshead (UK)
Ken Barker (UK)
Tina Rothery (UK)
John Burr (UK)
Emma Lorraine Coulling (UK)
Andrew Francis Robinson (UK)
Richard Finnigan (UK)
Frank McEntaggart (UK)
Roger Silverman (UK)
Oliver Charleston (UK)
Louise Channon (UK)
Ian Angus (Canada)
Richard Mellor (USA)
Peter Sainsbury (Australia)
Cathy Slaughter (UK)
Steve Ongerth (USA) Occupied Ohlone Territory - Co-founder, IWW Environmental Union Caucus (listed for ID purposes only)
Stephen Hall (UK) President, Greater Manchester Trades Union Councils
David Schwartzman (USA) (Climate/energy scientist Member of the Global Greens COP26 Working Group-International Commitee Green Party of the United States)