The media is full of headlines about crises: cost of living, energy prices, health and social care, pandemics – and, less frequently, climate collapse. Mainstream politicians see these as separate crises, while ecosocialists recognise these are interrelated crises of the capitalist system itself.
SLASH BILLS, CUT EMISSIONS, INSULATE EVERYWHERE!
Insulate Britain activists have been jailed for trying to get the Westminster government to begin a massive programme to insulate homes, and Just Stop Oil activists also face jail for their protests outside the Kingsbury oil depot.
Simple measures like insulation and renewable energy would take millions of people out of fuel poverty and would greatly reduce the numbers dying each year because they cannot afford to heat their homes. Britain has the worst record in Europe for this: in 2020, fuel poverty charities estimated such deaths at
around 10,000 a year.
Government-funded insulation programmes, combined with putting taxpayers’ money into renewable energy, would greatly reduce our carbon emissions as well as create thousands of good green jobs. In addition, our reliance on the profiteering and polluting fossilfuel giants – posting record profits, while continuing to drive the climate and ecological crises – would be massively reduced.
The Tories’ record is appalling, with millions of working families living below the poverty line. The hike in energy prices will see well over 25% of UK households – 15m people – in fuel poverty. Johnson and Sunak’s subsidies and rebates barely touch the sides.
The Tories finally bowed to pressure for a windfall tax on dirty fuel producers but at the same time announced increased subsidies to them! All subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear energy must end now and be switched to genuine renewables. We must take energy companies and road and rail infrastructure into public ownership, and rapidly de-carbonise the whole economy.
We stand for a rapid ecosocialist transition led by, and in the interests of, working people.
Ecosocialist Alliance is a network of organisations and individuals. We campaign for ecosocialist and ecofeminist solutions to the multiple crises of the system. We are internationalist: the climate crisis will not be solved by any one country, but by collective global action.
We stand firmly with the global south in seeking ecological and social justice.
We reject green capitalist “solutions”, which are unworkable under a capitalist system of infinite growth and accumulation. The planet will only be saved by disposing of this system and replacing it with ecosocialism.
The British government gives the fossil fuel industry £10 billion a year in tax breaks and subsidies.
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