A one-day conference hosted byInternational Socialism?
Tickets: £5 (unwaged), £10 (waged), £20 (solidarity)
Capitalism’s thirst for profit is leading to climate change, pollution, species extinction and the depletion of natural resources at alarming rates. Despite promises made at the Paris COP21 conference in December 2015, global solutions rest on market mechanisms that offer little promise of success.
The ideas of Marx and Engels were once dismissed as irrelevant to contemporary environmental issues. But recent scholarship has demonstrated the profound ecological implications of their thinking.
The idea that we are living in the Anthropocene- a new geological epoch defined by human influence- has further highlighted the urgency of the situation and caused Marxists to rethink the role of science and scientists in radical politics and even caused us to rethink what we mean by “nature”.
The Anthropocene question itself raises other debates. Are all humans to blame for climate change? How can anti-capitalist politics inform the discussion? Can the environmental crisis be solved under capitalism? What is the role of science under capitalism?
This one day conference, hosted by the International Socialism journal, will explore the relevance of Marxist ideas to our understanding of environmental issues, discuss the specific reasons why capitalism is so destructive and debate different approaches to science and nature.
Ian Angus, Canadian ecosocialist activist, editor of the online journal Climate & Capitalism, author of Facing the Anthropocene (2016) and co-author of Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis (2011)
Book online at http://isj.org.uk/day-school-marxism-and-nature/
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