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Internacionales“It`s a Wonderful World?” PART II: The Murdering of Planet Earth

“It`s a Wonderful World?” PART II: The Murdering of Planet Earth
By Carlos Petroni

Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement, a continuation of the Tokyo Protocols. A real crime against moderation. He, and many in the ruling class are not even interested in the more than minimal proposals of the Agreement, based on voluntary quotas to restrict damages to the environment, mostly linked to the possibilities of some capitalists to make a profit out of it.

Deflating expectations for the Planet

The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris), or Paris climate accord and Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

In the Paris Agreement, each country determines, plans and regularly reports its own contribution it should make in order to mitigate global warming. There is no mechanism to force a country to set a specific target by a specific date, but each target should go beyond previously set targets. This had been done for a decade at the rhythm imposed by the business community worldwide.

The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.

The US of Donald Trump was not one of them. This precipitated many criticisms from Europe, even China and Russia as well, and some bourgeois big names in the US who were worried about 1. Losing some money in the up and going new Green enterprises and 2. The collapse of the agreement that would bring to the fore more radical, and very necessary, proposals.

Donald Trump with his decision is accelerating even further the destruction of the planet, but also threatened to link class struggle to the environmental front. A closer look at the problem of the potential destruction of Earth, gives us a picture of the dimension of Trump’s decision and the limitations of the Paris Agreement.(*)

Productive forces from our habitat have ceased to grow or have reached extinction, directly effecting those dependent on those resources for survival—and the progress of humanity as a whole.

Water, oil, forests, and jungles are finite resources, and humanity is doing everything possible to shorten their existence. The world has not produced one single drop of water since the time when its human population was six times smaller. In addition, 30% of its water resources, especially those in areas on or near the margins areas where large human populations are concentrated, no longer contain potable water since chemicals and toxins contaminate groundwater as an after-effect of mining, nuclear waste, industrial chemicals, or simply by being exhausted by their indiscriminate use in irrigation and industry.

Rising oceans swallow lands

The daily consumption of huge doses of toxins via the atmosphere and found in the food in rural environments has led to the development of global, non-infectious and endemic diseases like cancer. Also, tiny doses of toxins that register below the accepted standards for drinking water and vegetables create a matrix of maladies for urban populations in big cities. Constant wars, industrial emissions, waste stockpiles, especially in more affluent societies, add their shares to the poisoning of the environment.

In the 20th century, ocean waters rose nearly 17cm. From 1860 to 2000, the global surface temperature increased 0.89°C, and an additional 0.37°C from 2000-2014. The increase in global temperature has been altering the patterns of ocean currents, modifying the amount of salts that water can dissolve, and, in turn, dramatically altering the conditions for marine life, given that many species have highly specific ranges of temperature and salinity that they can tolerate.

Over the last 40 years, the number of people requiring evacuation or relocation assistance due to weather-related events has doubled each decade. In the past 20 years, natural disasters affected the lives of around 64% of the world’s population. Since 1980 there have been 3,550 cases of flooding, which caused 60,285 deaths and affected 1.207 billion people; 2,741 storms claimed 174,441 lives and affected 402 million people; 484 cases of drought resulted in 1,257 fatalities and 785 million affected; and 432 cases of extreme temperature caused 146,884 deaths and affected 87.9 million. This is in addition to 680,487 deaths due to earthquakes.

Nature and human activity are frying the world

Capitalism is the main culprit in climate change, which has amongst its consequences the thawing of the polar ice caps, as well as the large natural catastrophes described above. These constant changes in nature and its cyclical phenomena are known to science as part of a combination of theoretical advances, empirical experimentation, and historical traces. Earth is passing through a long interglacial period that began 10,000 years ago, and it could last much longer without large-scale human intervention. However, such an intervention has occurred, in little more than 100 years, it has drastically altered the course of history and placed before us a new and dramatic perspective for the planet and all of the species that make their homes here.

Today, even the most recalcitrant groups of capital’s pseudo-scientific mercenaries recognize that climate change is a fact—panels of the U.N., for instance, are categorically without doubt. It is true there are always supposed foundations sustaining such notions, not unlike the fact Earth has experienced several mass extinctions over the course of its history and that such a thing could happen again. Without casting doubt on these facts, we can say what is new is that it is not blind chance causing the mass extinctions, but a single species with a greedy and abject social class that is fully aware of the consequences of its decisions driving the destruction of the planet.

Behind Mr. Trump’s skepticism about global climate change lays the cynical decision of many in the imperialist circles. That is to let climate change worsen in order to salvage whatever remaining profits and world domination possible.

How Greenhouse effect works

“Pro-environment liberals” are not proposing radical policy transformations to end this disaster, but merely offering palliatives for allaying the side effects of climate change.

Capitalist contribution to the problem

Nothing short of the reconversion of energy and industrial production to sustainable and ecological standards at the world scale, the worldwide sharing of the technology necessary among all countries and the elimination and replacement of obsolete mechanism like the internal combustion engine would stop the progression of the disaster, even though we will have to live with the consequences of our past crimes for a long time.

Nothing short of a radical mass action will force capitalists of the world to abandon profits for decades in order to save the planet.

This is a struggle for survival of the human race, paradoxically by making the changes necessary to preserve humanity`s productive forces, the Earth being first in the list.

(*) All figures and statistics in these articles were taken from UN official documents and papers on the environment and documents utilized during the Paris meetings. Information available in our ongoing publishing project The Transitional Program 2

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