Revolution #199, April 18, 2010

The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe & The Real Revolutionary Solution
(Special Issue on the Environment - Download PDF of full issue)


This special issue of Revolution focuses on the environmental emergency that now faces humanity and earth’s ecosystems. This emergency has many dimensions:

  • the destruction and fragmentation of forests and other natural habitats, making the survival of many species of plants and animals impossible;
  • the acidification, degradation and spreading of dead zones (areas in which there is no life) in oceans;
  • a great extinction (wiping out) of species on the lands, lakes and rivers, and in the seas;
  • large-scale pollution and degradation of water, air and soils;
  • and now, the real threat of unstoppable climate change.

Read on…


The Dimensions of the Environmental Emergency

Snapshots of a Planet in Peril

Humanity and earth’s ecosystems face an environmental emergency. But that phrase doesn’t capture the scope of what we face.

Let’s imagine we are circling our planet by satellite—and then can zoom down to the earth’s surface to see the situation on the ground.

Read on…

Something Deeper at Work...

Why Capitalism Cannot Solve the Environmental Emergency

What Is the Cause of the Emergency?

Why is the natural environment being destroyed?

Is it simple greed of corporations? Ignorance? “Human nature”? Science itself?

Read on…

Communism and Ecology: How Revolution Opens the Way for Humanity to Confront the Environmental Crisis and to Become the Caretakers of the Planet

The only viable way to deal with the crisis of the environment is revolution. The recent message and call from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, The Revolution We Need...The Leadership We Have, puts it this way:

It is this system that has got us in the situation we’re in today, and keeps us there. And it is through revolution to get rid of this system that we ourselves can bring a much better system into being. The ultimate goal of this revolution is communism: A world where people work and struggle together for the common good...Where everyone contributes whatever they can to society and gets back what they need to live a life worthy of human beings...Where there are no more divisions among people in which some rule over and oppress others, robbing them not only of the means to a decent life but also of knowledge and a means for really understanding, and acting to change, the world.

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The Ecosystems of Our Planet—And The Life They Support (Including Us!)—Are In Grave Danger

We have outlined the problem, we have shown the cause and we have indicated a viable solution. To those who ask "What now?", we say:

Do the MOST reasonable thing of all: Join in and help bring an end to the capitalist economic and political system that is today the SINGLE BIGGEST OBSTACLE to accomplishing these goals, here and everywhere around the world.

To learn more about how to do this, to get involved in the campaign the party is waging right now to give people an understanding of the revolution we need, and the leadership we have to make that revolution, to make the thinking and action that you are taking, or yearn to take, count for so much more...and for real...get in touch with our party.

The following statement is being distributed by the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA and many others all around the country. Read it... and get involved:

This system and those who rule over it are not capable of carrying out economic development to meet the needs of the people now, while balancing that with the needs of future generations and requirements of safeguarding the environment. They care nothing for the rich diversity of the earth and its species, for the treasures this contains, except when and where they can turn this into profit for themselves... These people are not fit to be the caretakers of the earth.

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
From the filmed talk Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About


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