Socialist Party public meeting
"Class struggle and climate change - the politics of personal consumption."
"We keep being told, these days, to reduce, re-use and recycle, to cut down on the meat, the car, the pets and the foreign holidays, to turn down, switch off, unplug and stand-by. The moral pressure-front of climate change is firmly upon us, yet when we take a look at the figures we find that the domestic share of consumption and waste is a small part of the overall picture, and that the lion's share is neither in our control nor even in the control of governments. It is in the hands of the tiny percentage of the Earth's population whom luck or inheritance have made into the super-rich. These are the people defecating on the global doorstep and then blaming the rest of us for the smell.
It's enough to make any class-conscious worker spit and say to hell with recycling. But that would be a big mistake."
Speaker: Paddy Shannon
Saturday, June 19th
The Socialist Party Head Office,
52 Clapham High Street,
London SW4 7UN.
(nearest tubes: Clapham North and Clapham Common.)