Friday, October 21, 2005

Organizing Ecological Revolution

John Bellamy Foster sounds the call for a socialist-inspired "ecological revolution" in Monthly Review. He writes,

The creation of an ecological civilization requires a social revolution; one that, as Roy Morrison explains, needs to be organized democratically from below: "community by community...region by region" (Ecological Democracy). It must put the provision of basic human needs—clean air, unpolluted water, safe food, adequate sanitation, social transport, and universal health care and education, all of which require a sustainable relation to the earth—ahead of all other needs and wants. Such a revolutionary turn in human affairs may seem improbable. But the continuation of the present capitalist system for any length of time will prove impossible—if human civilization and the web of life as we know it are to be sustained.
Hard to argue with that.