To achieve a sustainable and healthy relationship between humanity and the rest of the living world, we must create a society which, while based on the satisfaction of social needs such as food, shelter, water, and community, balances and reintegrates human desires and needs with the ecological imperatives of the rest of the biosphere. The importance of this is that the survival and well-being of humanity is dependent on the health and well-being of the Earth and its ecosystems of interconnected non-human life.
Capitalism alienates us from the natural world because of the destruction it brings. The current crisis of ecological disruption, species extinction and climate change that is reshaping the world is a crisis of capitalism – a system that depends on constant cycles of accumulation, expansion and destruction, prioritizing profit.
Indigenous groups, people of color and working class populations and women experience a greater immediate impact from these shifts and consequent catastrophes. We support struggles within these communities for environmental and climate justice, including the need for urban and rural ecological policies to adapt to and mitigate climate change; to clean up and rebuild our urban and rural areas in balance with nature; while honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities; and providing fair access for all to the full range of resources. We also note that as the impact of climate change becomes more acute, there will be greater climate disruption and increasing instances of extreme weather. This will in turn disrupt food sources, force populations into migration, strain infrastructure, and spread disease. All these factors will contribute to greater social and political instability and inequality which present opportunities – both for revolutionary forces to raise deeper questions and connect the dots between social and ecological issues but also for capitalist forces to pass the misery and cost of the ecological crisis onto the most marginalized.
The larger picture is that capitalist development has now spread to all corners of the earth and have now precipitated multiple global environmental crises that are potentially so massive they threaten the long term survival of humanity and the majority of biological life as we currently know. This reality makes all the more important the global solidarity which we seek to nurture and advance between workers in industrial economies and urban regions and those of rural and agricultural based regions.
We recognize that revolutionary social transformation is the first and primary step towards ecological balance. This necessity of social transformation stands in opposition to ideologies based around individual lifestyle changes, romanticizing pre-industrial societies, or seeking state interventions to reorganize management of the capitalist economy along so-called ecological lines. A crucial part of the required social transformation to a post-capitalist and ecological social order is the question of control over resources and land – by replacing private and state ownership over natural resources with forms of collective and social ownership we all become accountable in how resources, land and technology are used and the impact on affected communities.