Geoclimatic disasters have loomed over humanity throughout our tenure on Earth, but that doesn’t mean we should accept anything about them. Each awful ordeal is an opportunity to learn and change, and the enemy of change is the idea that “these things just happen.” It’s the grand excuse of a global economy that spins off more catastrophes than any storm front. And it means more and more people,... Read more
As we approach the anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Diana Johnstone reminds us that the decision to use the bomb was purely political, not military, and that it signified the start of the Cold War.
The term “energy transition” usually signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that then follows is: how is this shift to be paid for?But there are pitfalls in looking at climate and energy like this. This public lecture given in Vienna and organised by Attac Austria and others, explores different ways of organizing nature, economy and society.... Read more
Organised labour has long insisted that energy is more than an issue of electrons. Over two decades ago, the Congress of South African Trade Unions was explicit that addressing energy poverty is not just a matter of power plants, grids and transformers; it is also – and primarily – a matter of political change. Who controls energy production, who finances it, what the energy is used for and who... Read more