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Thursday, March 13
SFU Downtown (Harbour Centre) 7:00 pm, Rm 1520

'The next organizing meeting of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group will take place on January 9. If you would like to join: come to our meeting, phone 604-773-8393604-773-8393 or email.
Los Angeles joins Dallas, NY, VT, Colorado cities trend to halt fracking

Alberta mother fights five neighbouring fracked wells

Oil Sands Group Confirms Paying Peter Mansbridge

577 billion ways extreme weather and extreme energy are connected

The blossoming of Idle No More

China’s air pollution reaches ‘crisis’ level

No conflict of interest found in favorable review of Keystone XL pipeline

Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows

Acidic water blamed for West Coast scallop die-off

Where will all the water come from for LNG?

Arctic sea-ice loss adds 25% to carbon dioxide warming over last 30 years

Opposition MPs criticise Harper for ignoring climate in Canada budget

Enbridge Line 9: W5 uncovers unreported spills, alarming communities along 830-km pipeline

Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction, derides skeptics

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict

Economic and ecological crisis 
in Greece

Gwynne Dyer: it's abrupt climate change, stupid

Church of England takes on ‘giant evil’ of climate change

Britain hammered by ocean surges and 'most exceptional rainfall in 248 years'

Students at UBC, SFU, and UVic vote for endowment funds to divest from fossil fuels


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Bolivian VP to European Left: Fight on, fight on, fight on!
Álvaro García Linera, Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, “What we need is not a Europe that watches from a distance what is happening in far off places of the world but a Europe that lights up again the destiny of the continent and of the world.” ...more

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Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (VESG)
March 5, 2014

Public forums in Vancouver, Victoria and Gabriola Island Corporations are relentlessly cooking the climate, wiping out life on earth, and driving us off the cliff to ecological collapse.  Can this be stopped? Can our capitalist economic system be made to respect humans and the environment? Is there any better alternative to capitalism? Richard Smith is a University lecturer, member of the 'System Change Not Climate Change' network in New York City, author of many articles including 'Capitalism and the destruction of life on Earth: Six theses to save the humans'. His forthcoming book is 'To save the humans, turn the world upside down'...more.

Fossil fuel drive spurs political radicalization in Canada, Roger Annis, VESG member. "The anti-environment offensive by Canada’s fossil fuel industry and its flacks in government is radically shifting the political landscape of the country. Each day, it seems, brings some new announcement and outrage being committed against Earth and the humans. More pipelines to be built, and more leaks and cover-ups of existing oil and tar sands facilities that poison the land and water. More threats of oil train disasters as the rail industry and governments claim they can make it safe. More Arctic sea ice loss and the disastrous consequences that will certainly result"...more
Hundreds of youth arrested at #XLDissent rally in DC SCNCC, "Young people gathered by the thousands in Washington, DC on Sunday to demand the Obama Administration reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Calling itself #XLDissent, the extra-large, student-led rally included a vocal ecosocialist contingent organized by System Change not Climate Change. Hundreds chained themselves to the gates of the White House"...more
Call to action: pipeline construction has begun "Unist’ot’en Camp has recently learned that the construction phase of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline has started from the East and also from the West. They intend to have the pipeline finished to the Eastern and Western borders of our unceded lands with us as the last obstacle"...more

Vancouver Ecosocialist  affiliates with North American "System change not climate change (SCNCC)" network

The Vancouver Ecosocialist Group recently voted to affiliate with a burgeoning North America network of organizations who share the belief that solutions to the capitalist ecological crisis will be found in ecology and socialism. Read here the summary report from a New York SCNCC retreat to become acquainted with the rationale for this new network. We look forward to connecting with other groups in Vancouver, BC  and across Canada the U.S. who are also excited by the prospects of uniting to fight climate change and all forms of capitalist destruction. 

Towards a European Eco-Socialist action network

Andrew Burgin, Left Unity. "The increasing ecological crisis and impending environmental catastrophe that we all face, is leading more on the left to recognise that we have to be both red and green in our politics – we have to be ecosocialist. One without the other is not going to work. That is the strong message from the French left party, Parti de Gauche, which has called for the founding of a European network, opposing the environmental degradation caused by capitalism’s relentless drive for profit"...more
"People's Procession", to promote awareness and education in our community about the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline. Get involved! Join your community in this important event!

A Rising Tide Public Event,  "No Pipelines! Action Training for Climate Justice"

"A weekend of workshops designed to share popular education on mass movement building and citizen action - to prepare hundreds of folks for civil disobedience and community organizing through skill shares and relationship building." For more information join the event on Facebook

A response to Robin Hahnel's open letter to the movement

Nicholas Davenport, New Politics. "Robin Hahnel, in “An Open Letter to the Climate Justice Movement”, argues that the climate justice movement should demand a cap-and-trade policy, abandoning its traditional stance against carbon trading"...more

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Albert Einstein on socialism

Fukushima radiation scare in Pacific pales compared to acidification

Bob McDonald, CBC.  "A plume of radioactive contamination from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan has reached the coast of North America earlier than expected. But while concerns for the plume are making headlines, a far more serious effect of human activity is already having dire consequences for West Coast fisheries"...more

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels

Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian. "If anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasn't happened"...more

Ecosocialism: Putting on the brakes before going over the cliff

Michael Lowy, New Politics. "Ecosocialism is an attempt to provide a radical, civilizational alternative to capitalism, rooted in the basic arguments of the ecological movement, and in the Marxist critique of political economy"...more

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