Degrees of separation

The ecological effects of the four-fold increase in global manufacturing output between 1950 and 1970 were subject to scientific analysis in an international study published in 1972.

The authors of the aptly titled Limits to Growth warned that the tripling of carbon dioxide emissions that came with this unprecedented growth would lead to ecological and economic collapse in the 21st century if overuse of resources continued.

But the essential condition for the successful functioning of capitalism is a minimum 3% compound annual growth rate — for ever.


Europe after Paris attacks: Elites seek to exploit terror

As the initial horror and outrage of the attacks in Paris on November 13 subside, the impacts they are already having on French and European society are becoming clearer.

A state of emergency has been declared by the French government and will persist for up to three months.

French officials announced on November 17 that France would see an extra 115,000 police officers, gendarmes and soldiers deployed across the country.

In this context, rational debate is being restricted and progressive movements are on the defensive.


'When we fight, we win!' Huge climate victory as people power secures Keystone defeat

After seven years of intense public campaigning on the Keystone XL, a pipeline that would have bisected the United States carrying the world's dirtiest oil, US President Barack Obama denied Canadian oil company TransCanada a presidential permit for construction on November 6.

The president cited the pipeline's projected contribution to climate change in deeming it not in the national interest.

This Changes Everything

New England Friends of the Green Left Weekly and Progressive Cinema present 'This Changes Everything' at the Uniting Church Hall. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate’, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.

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Sat, 28/11/2015 - 6:00pm
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Sat, 28/11/2015 - 6:00pm
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People's Climate March Armidale

Meet Sunday 29th November at 1pm, in Central Park after Markets in the Mall. Join as Armidale unites in solidarity with a weekend of People's Climate events across the world, just before the UN climate talks in Paris. Wear your favourite message tee or bold powerful colours, like red, orange or yellow. Raise your voices, signs and banners for a brighter, better, future. Gather your family and friends, pack some water, whistles, bubble-blowers and water pistols. Drums, Bells, Facepaints, Fun Hats, Umbrellas, Musical Instruments and other fun things to make this a great event.

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Sun, 29/11/2015 - 1:00pm
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Sun, 29/11/2015 - 1:00pm

Bolivia says: 'To solve climate change we must abolish capitalism'

The Bolivian government's national contribution to the COP 21 climate talks scheduled to start in Paris on November 30 contains a series of radical proposals for safeguarding the future health of the planet, said on October 14.

Bolivia's contribution insists that capitalism is responsible for “consumerism, warmongering and [...] the destruction of Mother Earth”.

Western Sahara: Appeal launched to assist flood relief in refugee camps

The Australia Western Sahara Association has launched an appeal for funds, in conjunction with APHEDA — Union Aid Abroad, to assist relief work in the Western Sahara refugee camps where week-long torrential rains have devastated homes, hospitals and schools and destroyed food stores.

Hurricane Patricia exactly type of super-storm global warming expected to bring

Hurricane Patricia — the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere — was downgraded to a tropical depression on October 24. It offered a reminder of the consequences of a warming planet.

NTEU backs People's Climate March

The National Tertiary Education Union, which covers university staff across Australia, is backing the November 27-29 People's Climate March.

In a letter to members, NTEU NSW secretary Genevieve Kelly wrote: “NTEU is proud to be part of a broad and diverse coalition organising the People's Climate March, with members involved in planning and promoting Sydney's rally.

“We are marching because we know we can change the world when we work together. It is time for action.”

How to get active this week


See a film at Red Cinema: Disruption. This film looks at the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York. Entry $15/$10 conc. Meal and drinks available. Friday November 6 at 6pm. Brisbane Activist Centre, 74B Wickham St, Fortitude Valley. Phone Angus 0431 935 576.


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