AROUND 100 years ago socialists talked about the choice facing humanity as that between 'socialism and barbarism'. That barbarism is not only seen in the horror of war, but also in capitalism's destruction of the environment.
Recent high temperatures have caused many in the media to worry about the impact of global warming, caused by the increased output of carbon dioxide. Britain's recent weather is getting more erratic and hotter. There is a consensus among all ruling politicians, the media and top scientists that global warming is happening.
But although they pay lip service to the need for action, they shy away from even the mildest reforms to tackle the threat. The only falls in carbon dioxide emissions are the result of industrial collapse, not planned change.
The profits pumped out by the oil and car industries and polluting factories come before the needs of humanity. George Bush even refused to sign the Kyoto treaty that would have slightly reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
Changes in the earth's temperature are having a disastrous effect on the lives of billions of people, especially the world's poorest. To avert that barbarism society has to move from fossil fuel driven energy sources to alternative sources, such as wind, water and solar.
The major corporations are solidly against this. If we do not win socialist change then capitalism will cost us the earth.