Eco-Socialism Explained

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Eco-socialism is the most recent and fastest growing of political ideologies. It combines the theories ecological sustainability and socialism. The end goal of eco-socialist polices is a society without class divisions, living in some kind of harmony with nature.

eco-socialism for the 21st century.

Key principles of ideology were developed during the 1880s and 1890s by William Morris. These principles were promoted within the Social Democratic Federation and the Socialist League.

These principles re-emerged with force 100 years later, during the 1980s and 1990s. Indeed, by the 21st century, Green politics promoting eco-socialism had become mainstream in many countries.

Capitalism Versus Eco-Socialism

Central to capitalism is the notion you are entitled to as much of the world’s resources as your money can buy. As much land, minerals and meat and fish, regardless of who else is deprived by your actions. Indeed, if you have enough money, you can own entire mountain ranges and fertile plains. You can even burn as much fossil fuel as you like. Eco-socialism runs counter to this narrative.

What is eco-socialism?

Eco-Socialism is a political ideology which prioritises social and ecological well-being. It fuses basic tenets of ecology with the Marxist critique of political economy, offering a radical alternative to unsustainable capitalist systems.

Climate Change and Eco-Socialism

As Climate Change has emerged as an issue, an increasing number of people have become involved in Green Left politics. Consequently the worsening climate crises will surely attract more people to a politics that is both progressive and sustainable. Just as surely as capitalism has lead us into the climate crises, eco-socialism offers us a path out of the crisis.

Ian Agus

Eco-Socialist Ian Angus
Eco-Socialist Ian Angus

Canadian activist and author Ian Angus has become a leading voice in the eco-socialist movement. Indeed books by Ian include Canadian Bolsheviks: The Early Years of The Communist Party of Canada, The Global Fight for Climate Justice: Anticapitalist Responses to Global Warming and Ecological Destruction, Too Many People? In addition, he authored Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis, A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism and Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System.

In addition, Angus travelled the wold promoting eco-socialism with his books and established the website Climate and Capitalism.

Green Left Weekly

Australian socialist activists founded The Green Left Weekly in 1990. It is now known simply as the Green Left. However, with a mission to “present the views excluded by the big business media”, Green Left was groundbreaking and remains a powerful voice for the eco-socialist movement.

Political Momentum

With humanity seemingly at a crossroads eco-socialists are increasingly putting themselves forward for public office. More and more eco-socialists, both from within green parties and other minor parties such as Socialist Alliance are putting their names forward. The decline of the red scare and an increase focus on the climate emergency suggest there are fewer barriers to their success than ever before.

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By Rob Pyne

Quadriplegic, Former MP, Councillor & Political Campaigner: Rob is an Eco Socialist who shares ways to survive & fight capitalism. #socialism #championoftheunderdog Occupation: Online Editor Employer: Champion of the Underdog! Book: Struggle and Resistance in the Far North

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