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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Auck Uni Forum: Capitalism and the Climate Crisis

Recommended reading is Eco-spcialism and capitalist catastrophe by Emmett Durso and Evo Morales's speech, 'Save the Planet from Capitalism'.

"Competition and the thirst for profit without limits of the capitalist system are destroying the planet. Under Capitalism we are not human beings but consumers. Under Capitalism Mother Earth does not exist, instead there are raw materials. Capitalism is the source of the asymmetries and imbalances in the world. It generates luxury, ostentation and waste for a few, while millions in the world die from hunger in the world. In the hands of capitalism everything becomes a commodity: the water, the soil, the human genome, the ancestral cultures, justice, ethics, death … and life itself. Everything, absolutely everything, can be bought and sold and under capitalism. And even “climate change” itself has become a business."
Evo Morales, President of Bolivia

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