Revolution Books Forum at the bookstore on Wednesday July 16, 7:00 p.m.:
The Environmental Crisis, Revolution, and the People’s Climate March in NYC September 21
If you have your eyes open to the world, the stark reality of the wanton destruction of the planet - its air, water, climate, and all the forms of life that inhabit it - screams out for urgent action. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued earlier this year is a call from scientists to confront reality. We are already in a global environmental crisis, and without urgent and radical, global transformations things will get much worse. The rich biodiversity of the planet may be irreversibly endangered with increasing numbers of species becoming extinct and the natural environment being destroyed at staggering rates. This is what capitalism has done to the planet, and what the continued existence of the capitalist system will do, unless it is overthrown by revolution.
Movements have emerged to respond to this crisis; many people feel a moral imperative to save the planet. A very important protest has been called for September 21 in NYC. It is called at the time of a major UN global climate summit that is bringing together the heads of the states that have brought us to this crisis. The protest is called “People’s Climate March”. The organizers anticipate tens of thousands will attend. The website for the march declares: “This is an invitation to change everything.” It goes on “with our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.” “To change everything, we need everyone on board.”
This forum will be a presentation and discussion on confronting the environmental crisis, including reaching out to and participating in the People’s Climate March. We need to bring to the people straining to save the planet why and how we can make revolution and how humanity can truly become caretakers of the planet, not its destroyers.
Revolution Books, Berkeley, July 16, 7:00 p.m.