Despite the dire threat posed by our multiple ecological crises, and despite shelves of books theorizing the relationship between capitalism and our ecological crisis, even radical environmentalists find themselves lost for a strategy. How do we move forward? How do we blend the need for a long-term perspective that recognizes the need to transcend capitalism with steps that we can take here and now? In the following symposium, “Radical Visions and Strategies for the Environmental Movement,” which began as a panel at The Left Forum 2017, three longtime eco-socialist thinkers and activists tackle this all-important issue.
Symposium on Ecosocialism
In this symposium:
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To me the role of eco-socialists is to raise transitional demands, demands that bring a broader understanding of the role of capital in creating climate change and the ways that capital-ism can be challenged by working people and people most affected by the vast inequality it has created.