Clean Futures

Marx’s Ecology

Book review: Marx’s Ecology: materialism & natureJohn Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, New York 2000

This is the book for any `Greenie’ who wants to understand the ecological, political and socioeconomic implications of the far famed doyen of Socialist thought. As such it works both as an introduction to the German philosopher’s work and an application of it to the ecological dilemma facing our capitalist society.

Marx based his dynamic theory of historical relationships on ancient Graeco-roman Epicurean materialist thinking. This enabled him to focus on both socioeconomic questions and the human relationship with nature so disturbed by capitalist development.

Even in the 19th century of our present common historical era, Marx addressed ecological issues entailed by the relentless search for ever more profit, which subordinated even then natural imperatives to economic obsessions. In fact in his later years, having left his multivolume magnum opus Capital somewhat incomplete, he devoted himself to study of capitalist agriculture and the degrading effect he considered it to have on the soil.

Overall Marx thought that our era would end in Socialism or barbarism, namely the socioeconomic and ecological collapse we are in fact facing. Green approaches to the challenge of our times can only profit from measurement with the Marxist opus, because it is doubtful politically that mass insecurity will render the public susceptible to the Green message unless the social and economic concerns of the majority are adequately addressed.

Repower Pt Augusta rally

A good turnout on Sunday April 30th: a large crowd urging the Premier to give the go-ahead to solar thermal at Pt Augusta. As the Mayor of Pt Augusta, Sam Johnson,  pointed out, it makes economic sense and fits in nicely with the State’s new energy policy.…

Non violent direct action training Sat 4 March

Non Violent Direct Action Training
Saturday 4 March
10am-5pm
The Joinery
111 Franklin St Adelaide

Come along and learn about non violent direct action in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, from our faciliator Mara Bonacci of Friends of the Earth Melbourne’s Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy Collective.

Learn theory, legal issues, codes of conduct, role play and planning an action.

BYO lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Entry by donation. All proceeds to the campaign against nuclear expansion in SA.

Please book your spot by RSVPing to adelaide.office@foe.org.au

Facebook event link

Meeting changes Feb/March 2017

Please note that the February ASC/CFC meeting (23 Feb) has been cancelled due to our planning meeting taking place on 2 March at the Box Factory. Our March 30 ASC/CFC meeting will not be held due to our AGM on the same night. ASC/CFC returns to normal in April.

Enquiries: adelaide.office@foe.org.au…

Nuclear Power: Game Over

“Nuclear power is a clunky technology borne out of a bygone Cold War era. Its best days are over and it cannot form a key part of sustainable energy policy.”

 

 

 

Professor Derek Abbott, our guest speaker,
is a physicist and electrical engineer based at the University of Adelaide.
He’s written many articles about the long-term future for energy production.

He gave a  talk, based on the article in the current Australian Quarterly,
in which he outlines why Nuclear Power is in decline.

You can view the
Slides from the talk (a 24.6MB PDF file) or read the article online