The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics (No-Nonsense Guides)
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Climate chaos and pollution, deforestation and consumerism: the crisis facing human civilization is clear enough. But the response of politicians to it has been cowardly and inadequate, while environmental activists have tended to favor single-issue campaigns rather than electoral politics.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics measures the rising tide of eco-activism and awareness and explains why it heralds a new political era worldwide.
Derek Wall is a former principal speaker of the British Green Party. He is the author of numerous books, including Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements.
at the expense of the poor, thus leading to greater inequality. As the Indian activist and scientist Vandana Shiva has noted, the Green Revolution also led to severe ecological ill-effects. Boosting food production in the short term has therefore led to a series of environmental problems such as loss of biodiversity and soil erosion that may destroy future productivity. Critics argue that greens cherry-pick from science, using it to justify their concerns in some areas such as 54 climate change
from New York, became an anarchist in the 1940s and, using the pseudonym Lewis Herber, wrote about the environmental crisis in the 1950s and 1960s. As we have already noted, he challenged deep ecology and advocated a politics of social ecology. He was instrumental in forming the Left Green 57 Green philosophy Network in the US. He believed that hierarchical societies dominated by élites were the main cause of environmental destruction. He challenged capitalism and advocated ‘libertarian
such as healthcare. To Korten and most other greens, transnationals are a menace. By operating globally and increasingly shifting goods from one side of the globe to the other, they also accelerate climate change by creating ever more unnecessary emissions. Korten believes that transnationals have an increasingly powerful political role, along with other instruments of neoliberal globalization such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization, and the increasingly free
immigration controls and note that migration is primarily a product of an unequal world. They stress the value of cultural diversity and the raised awareness of other cultures that arise from migration. The Green Party of England and Wales considers: ‘The existing economic order and colonialism have both been major causes of migration through direct and indirect violence, disruption of traditional economies, the use of migrants as cheap labor, uneven patterns of development and global division of
create change seems unlikely. The Green Party of England and Wales, for example, is growing but it is likely to be some time before it gets close to governmental power. Unfortunately, in terms of combating climate change, time must be measured in years or even months rather than in decades. One alternative has been to try to ‘green’ larger and more established political parties. In the UK, for example, the Socialist Environment Resources Association has over many years tried to green the Labour