Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Coming Climate Revolt

Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer, occurred on the eve of the People’s Climate March in New York City. For ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: We Need System Change to Stop Climate Change

Viking I landed on Mars, the Ramones released their first album, the Soweto Uprising began in South Africa, North and South Vietnam reunified to become the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Gerald Ford was in the White House. 1976: The same year scientists discovered that refrigerant chemicals, chlorofluorocarbons, better known as CFCs, were responsible for ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: A Debate on Capitalism, Environmentalism, and “Environmental Catastrophism”

Once Again on “Environmental Catastrophism”: A Reply to Sam Gindin by Ian Angus Last year in Monthly Review, I debated Eddie Yuen, an anarchist who believes it is a mistake for radicals to focus on telling the truth about the global environmental crisis, because “awareness of climate crisis does not necessarily lead to increased political ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: An interview with Vandana Shiva

Canadian Dimension: The standard narrative about India in the mainstream Anglo-American media is that spiralling growth in recent decades, along with globalization, has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Some figures that have been put forward are that in 1978 half of all Indians lived below the poverty line and today only ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Climate change and the military-industrial complex

This letter was written in reply to our recently published interview with Noam Chomsky about climate change. You can read the original Chomsky interview HERE. The one important aspect of climate change the Left keeps missing is the fact that Wall Street’s very lucrative military-industrial complex leaves the largest carbon footprint of any industry. So, ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: The greening of Noam Chomsky: a conversation

This interview was held in Montréal in October 2013 and has been edited for length and readability. Canadian Dimension: There’s a tremendous amount of evidence accumulating about the gravity of the ecological crisis, but some people argue that disseminating this kind of information can actually put a damper on building a movement of resistance to ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Climate scientists demand radical change

“Today, after two decades of bluff and lies, the remaining 2°C budget demands revolutionary change to the political and economic hegemony.” That was in a blog posting last year by Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at Manchester University. One of Britain’s most eminent climate scientists, Anderson is also Deputy Director of the ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Climate scientists demand radical change

“Today, after two decades of bluff and lies, the remaining 2°C budget demands revolutionary change to the political and economic hegemony.” That was in a blog posting last year by Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at Manchester University. One of Britain’s most eminent climate scientists, Anderson is also Deputy Director of the ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Climate politics must be as radical as the climate crisis

It’s wrong to think that we can campaign to stop climate change in the same way we might campaign to end a war. All the evidence says we are well past that stage now. That is, even if by some impossible, magical course of events all carbon pollution on Earth was stopped tomorrow, we’d still ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: How science is telling us all to revolt

In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year’s conference had some big-name participants, from Ed Stone of Nasa’s Voyager project, explaining a new milestone ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Protests held worldwide against Monsanto, genetic modification of food and use of pesticides

October 16, 2013 was World Food Day. Four days before this event thousands took to streets across the World to protest the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) products and pesticides that are suspected of being linked to diseases. The giant multi-national corporation Monsanto was one of the main targets of the protests. Over 50 ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Canada’s New Climate Abolitionists

In the lead-up to and during the 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks, climate groups still relied on appeals to reason to sway the government, perhaps hoping for a quick shift back to the greener pastures of a few years prior. Young people organized call-in days, flash mobs, and for the most part politely petitioned members ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Where’s the Democracy in the Environmental Movement?

With tar sands, fracking and mining all on the rise, there’s never been a more important time for a strong environmental movement in Canada. Surveying the landscape of organizations, one thing is missing: democracy. Which is to say, meaningful informed participation among equal participants. The images are familiar. People gathered together, making pivotal decisions about ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Overcoming ‘Overburden’: 
The Climate Crisis And A Unified Left Agenda

I’m so very happy and honored to be able to share this historic day with you. The energy in this room — and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country – is contagious. It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Lac-Mégantic: A Social and Ecological Tragedy

Québec has just experienced the most brutal ecological catastrophe of its history. On July 6, 2013, a train loaded with 72 cars carrying crude oil derailed during the night. It exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic, a small municipality (pop. 6000) in the Eastern Townships. A series of explosions and a fire completely destroyed more than 30 ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming

Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is “very excited” about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. “They’ve made such a difference,” Miller told The Toronto Star, “and to be part of an organization that knows how to make real change is a unique opportunity.” But there ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming

Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is “very excited” about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. “They’ve made such a difference,” Miller told The Toronto Star, “and to be part of an organization that knows how to make real change is a unique opportunity.” But there ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: What Happens When the Shale Boom Goes Boom?

Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports last year, in particular the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) in November 2012, forecast that the US will outstrip Saudi ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: What Happens When the Shale Boom Goes Boom?

Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports last year, in particular the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) in November 2012, forecast that the US will outstrip Saudi ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Change the System, Not the Climate

The capitalist system has exploited and abused nature, pushing the planet to its limits, so much so that the system has accelerated dangerous and fundamental changes in the climate. Today, the severity and multiplicity of weather changes – characterized by droughts, desertification, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires and the melting of glaciers and sea ice ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Calling Foul on Canada

When it comes to environmental neglect, Canada is outdistancing the competition. We have earned six consecutive “Fossil of the Year” awards, a dishonour bestowed by a coalition of 700 NGOs upon the country that contributes most to impeding progress on UN climate change negotiations. And while the “Colossal Fossil” designation may be a tad facetious, ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Free and Accessible Transit Now

Transit is a critical issue for people in Toronto, as in all major urban areas. More is at stake than reducing traffic congestion and gridlock. Transit and general mobility are intimately related to larger issues in capitalist society: how goods and services are produced and delivered; the location of and nature of jobs; where and ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: A Conversation between Clayton Thomas Muller and David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a scientist, author, broadcaster, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, established in 1990 to “work with government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work for social change that today’s situation demands.” Dr. Suzuki was born in 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Tropical Storm Sandy: Natural or Political Disaster?

What has the world’s biggest and most costly national security state have to do with securing the life, livelihood and property of the global financial capital of the world? Virtually nothing! Ten days after tropical storm Sandy struck, over 730,000 people still lacked electricity in New York and New Jersey and nearly 150,000 in New ...