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Climate change — another dire warning, another reason for system change

The system's thirst for fossil fuels drives climate change. That's why we need system change to avoid disaster
Issue 2799
A climate change graphic depicts an oil well, with the BP logo superimposed on top. Several chimneys emit gasses in the background

The system’s thirst for fossil fuels drives climate change

Climate scientists are warning that “it’s now or never” to cut global emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate collapse. That’s the conclusion of the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week.

It says at the current rate of fossil fuel use temperatures are on track to rise beyond 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. This rise would be a death sentence for many—particularly the poorest. Fossil fuels must remain in the ground. But that solution isn’t something the fossil fuel companies and governments will consider—there’s too much money to be made.

This is far from the first report to warn of impending disaster. Yet, even in the unlikely scenario of world leaders keeping to their climate promises, temperatures would still rise by 3.2 degrees this century.

Avoiding climate change disaster means taking the fight to the cause of accelerated climate change—profit. For that we need a radically new system that diverts away from the bosses’ lust for economic growth at any cost to human life and the planet.

That means building a revolution to topple the climate killers and put people in charge of their own futures. Fighting for a socialist system that values life and the environment is the only solution that will end exploitation and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

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