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At this point in human history, the limits of capitalism and the limits of our species’ life on Earth have converged. Laurie Adkin argues we have never been here before, and we cannot go back.

“Get the politics out of climate change.” It’s a slogan heard almost inevitably whenever discussion turns to the looming environmental catastrophe. But, as Jeff Sparrow argues, there’s no historical parallel for the social change needed to decarbonise the developed world without huge political polarisation.

A wide range of community groups and trade unions marched for climate justice at 14 locations around Australia on February 22, reports Zebedee Parkes.

The Socialist Alliance says Australia and needs a climate action action plan that combines ecological and social justice measures that challenge the political and economic power of the fossil fuel corporations.

Petrina Harley reports Extinction Rebellion WA have set up a camp across from Parliament House to demand a just transition and reject the opening up of new gasfields as part of the Burrup Hub project.

The climate movement needs to adopt the call for peace as there will be no future, sustainable or otherwise, unless we resist authorities’ willingness to go to war, argues Nick Deane.

While the world literally burns from climate and political turmoil, Nnimmo Bassey argues the impacts of the climate crisis in Africa and other vulnerable regions is often overlooked.

Extinction Rebellion organised a small but lively disruption of the opening of Queensland state parliament on February 4, reports Alex Bainbridge.

The sheer scale of the recent bushfires and their timing (during the summer school holidays) have had a crippling impact on many working people, including small business owners, and put the ongoing sustainability of rural communities at serious risk, writes Graham Matthews.

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into its attempts to deal with the worst impacts of a climate crisis it prefers to ignore. Yet, as Elena Garcia explains, this money will never achieve its stated aim nor reach those who need it most.

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