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Capitalism’s addiction to fossil fuels is heating our planet at a pace and scale never before experienced. Extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels and accelerating feedback loops are a commonplace feature of our lives. The number of environmental refugees is increasing and several island states and low-lying countries are becoming vulnerable. Corporate-induced climate change has set us on an ecocidal path of species extinction. Governments and their international platforms such as the Paris Climate Agreement deliver too little, too late. Most states, including South Africa, continue on their carbon-intensive energy paths, with devastating results. Political leaders across the world are failing to provide systemic solutions to the climate crisis. This is the context in which we must ask ourselves: how can people and class agency change this destructive course of history? Volume three in the Democratic Marxism series, The Climate Crisis investigates eco-socialist alternatives that are emerging. It presents the thinking of leading climate justice activists, campaigners and social movements advancing systemic alternatives and developing bottom-up, just transitions to sustain life. Through a combination of theoretical and empirical work, the authors collectively examine the challenges and opportunities inherent in the current moment. This volume builds on the class-struggle focus of Volume 2 by placing ecological issues at the centre of democratic Marxism. Most importantly, it explores ways to renew historical socialism with democratic, eco-socialist alternatives to meet current challenges in South Africa and the world.
Acerca de Patrick Bond
Patrick Bond is a distinguished professor, and teaches Political Economy and Political Ecology at the Wits School of Governance.
Acerca de Jacklyn Cock
Jacklyn Cock is a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has published widely on gender, militarisation and environmental issues. Her last book was The War against Ourselves: Nature, Power and Justice (Wits University Press, 2007)
Acerca de Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams is associate professor in Sociology and chairperson of the Global Labour University programme at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Acerca de Hein Marais
Hein Marais is an independent writer and journalist, and the author of South Africa: Pushed to the Limit: The Political Economy of Change (Zed Books, 2011), Limits to Change: The Political Economy of Transition (Zed Books, 1998, 2001), and Buckling: The Impact of AIDS in South Africa (Centre for the Study of AIDS, 2005)
Acerca de Nnimmo Bassey
Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think tank Health of Mother Earth Foundation based in Nigeria. His books include To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) and Oil Politics: Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016)
Acerca de Alberto Acosta
Alberto Acosta is an Ecuadorian economist, a professor and researcher in FLACSO-Ecuador and honorary professor at Ricardo Palma University in Lima. He is the former minister of energy and mines, the former president of the Constitutional Assembly and former candidate to the presidency of the republic of Ecuador. He is the author of several books and, above all, a comrade of popular struggles.
Acerca de David Fig
David Fig is an environmental sociologist and political economist. He is a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and a research associate of the University of Cape Town’s Chair in Bio-Economy and the University of the Witwatersrand’s SWOP Institute.
Acerca de Devan Pillay
Devan Pillay is a professor in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is active in the Global Labour University and International Centre for Development and Decent Work networks.
Acerca de Vishwas Satgar
Vishwas Satgar is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, and has been involved in grassroots activism for over three decades. He is the editor of the Democratic Marxism series and has published widely on Africa, South Africa, transnational alternatives and Marxism. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the World Association of Political Economy for initiating and editing this series.
Acerca de Mateo Martínez Abarca
Mateo Martinez Abarca is a philosopher, activist and writer from Ecuador. He is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a junior researcher at the Center for Social Studies, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Acerca de Brian Ashley
Brian Ashley is the director of the Alternative Information and Development Centre and the editor of Amandla, a current affairs and new politics project.
Acerca de Andrew Bennie
Andrew Bennie has been a Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre organiser for the solidarity economy and the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign. He is currently a PhD fellow at the International Centre for Development and Decent Work in the Sociology department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Acerca de Dorothy Grace Guerrero
Dorothy Grace Guerrero is head of policy and advocacy at Global Justice Now (UK). She works on and writes about climate change and energy issues, impacts of globalised trade and investments on people’s livelihoods, China‘s new role in the global political economy, gender justice and other related economic justice concerns from a radical pluralist left perspective
Acerca de Desné Masie
Desné Masie is an expert in international economics and financial markets. She is currently a visiting scholar in international political economy at the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Chevening Scholar, HSBC fellow and an associate of the Democracy Works Foundation. Most recently, she has been published in the Guardian, New African and The Times
Acerca de Athish Satgoor
Athish Satgoor was a Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre organiser for the solidarity economy movement and the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign
Acerca de Pablo Sólon
Pablo Sólon is a social activist, an analyst and a researcher on the issues of climate change, water, the rights of Mother Earth, trade agreements and integration processes. He served as ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations from January 2009 to June 2011
Acerca de Christelle Terreblanche
Christelle Terreblanche is a PhD candidate in Development Studies, Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her publications include ‘Ecofeminism’ (forthcoming in The Post-Development Dictionary: From False Solutions to Radical Alternatives to Development)
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