ITUC calls global union climate summit (Paris 2015)

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ITUC calls global union climate summit (Paris 2015)

One of many "countersummit" actions around the very official (and hypocritical) Paris 2015 summit.

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2015/05/18/ituc-calls-global-union-clima...

Trade Union Climate Summit – will you be there?
Paris, 14 – 15 September 2015

Is this you? Climate change is your concern and a just transition to a zero carbon economy is a struggle you are passionate about. Your union has taken a commitment to support climate action and you have plans or ideas for union actions in the fight to ‘decarbonize’ our world.

Fights for transition and reconversion of jobs in polluting or otherwise harmful industries are an important aspect of "environmental justice".

Issues Pages: 
NDPP

Capitalism Threatens All Life on the Planet

http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/05/capitalism-threatens-all-life-on-the-p...

"...The extinction of 200 species a day is just one manifestation of how capitalism and the industrial civilization it has spawned is killing the planet."

Doug Woodard

NDPP wrote:

Capitalism Threatens All Life on the Planet

http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/05/capitalism-threatens-all-life-on-the-p...

"...The extinction of 200 species a day is just one manifestation of how capitalism and the industrial civilization it has spawned is killing the planet."

NDPP, you link to an article which quotes Tim Garrett and Guy McPherson as saying that it is industrial civilization which is destroying the living systems of the planet while "capitalism" produced and maintains industrial civilization.

I note that "anti-capitalism" is usually associated with Marxist-Leninist "socialism" or "state capitalism" which as applied in the Soviet Union and its satellites also embraced industrial civilization, consumed resources on the same scale as Western "capitalism," produced more pollution, and yielded by comparison a derisory economic product.

So:

Do you think that some form of industrial civilization can be found which will not be environmentally destructive and can be maintained indefinitely? If so, what is it and how will it work? In particular, why will it not be environmentally destructive?

Or, do you propose to replace industrial civilization with some other social and economic order? If so, what is it and how will it achieve the ends you expect? 

Or, do you share the despair and resignation of Garrett and McPherson?

In general, what do think we should do now (if it's possible to do anything useful)?