19 July 2019

Matt T Huber: “The radical climate movement has long coalesced around the slogan ‘system change, not climate change.’ The movement has a good understanding that capitalism is the main barrier to solving the climate crisis. Yet sometimes the notion of ‘system change’ is vague on how systems change. The dilemma of the climate crisis is not as simple as just replacing one system with another — it requires a confrontation with some of the wealthiest and most powerful sectors of capital in world history. … For the environmental movement to expand beyond the professional class and establish a working-class base for itself, it cannot rely on austerity, shaming, and individualistic solutions as its pillars. … Winning this struggle will begin by emphasizing the need for ‘less’ and ‘sacrifice’ should only be borne by the rich and corporations; the rest of us have so much to gain.”