STUDY OF GLOBAL WARMING AND MARXIST CRISIS THEORY: PROGRESS REPORT 2

CUiSL welcomes contributions from its students and others to its study of  global warming, CO2 emissions and capitalist crisis. Please contact us at cuisl@communist-party.org.uk if you would like to participate in this study.

We have already published below an outline of the discussion document we wish to produce. While not wishing to stifle new avenues of research, it remains important that all contributors are aware of the principal sources we are drawing on. These include the classic Marx and Engels texts and subsequent interpretations by others, especially David Harvey, Alan Freeman and Andrew Kliman. In addition, CUiSL has recently studied and intends to draw on two recent books:

Four Futures – life after capitalism, by Peter Frase, Verso, 2016; and

A Redder Shade of Green – the intersection of science and socialism, Ian Angus, Monthly Review Press, 2017.

 Indeed it was our lively classes discussing these two books over several classes in the Autumn of 2017 and the Spring of 2018 that led us to commit to the study of global warming, CO2 emissions and capitalist crisis. In addition to these sources we do, however, need a small body of literature that covers factually the science of global warming and the international diplomacy that surrounds it. Our reading list for this comprises:

Climate Change – a very short introduction, third edition, by Mark Maslin, OUP, 2016

Storms of My Grandchildren – the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity, James Hansen, Bloomsbury Paperbacks, 2011

Six Degrees – our future in a hotter planet, Mark Lynas, Fourth Estate, 2007.

As science and diplomacy is not at the centre of our study, we are content to keep this list short,  but if anyone can suggest any other essential reading, please get in touch.

In addition to these three books, our sponsors, the Croydon Communist Party, has posted a number of relevant articles in its website. The principal ones are:

   

  1. The Airports Commission report on Heathrow Expansion

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/looking-the-other-way-again/

 

  1.  Immediate response to the Paris Agreement (COP 21)

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/global-warming/

 

  1. What the market response to COP 21 told us

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/paris-agreement-credibility/

 

  1. More on the CO2 implications of Heathrow expansion

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/heathrow-an-irrational-decision/

  1. Criticism of the Climate Change Committee

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/the-sleeping-poodle/

 

  1. The failure of the Labour Chair of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee to understand the significance of global warming.

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/looking-to-the-future/

 

  1. More on Heathrow and CO2

https://croydoncommunists.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/you-cannot-be-serous/

CUiSL will next meet at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 17 May at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD but these meetings are not where the real work is now being undertaken. That’s with our students, of which you could be one.

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