Humanity faces an unparalleled ecological crisis. The accelerating pollution of air, water, and soil; the acidication of the oceans; the disruption of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; and, most dramatically, climate change combine to threaten everyone, but especially the poor, women, people of color, and those in the Global South. How do we address the crisis? Not surprisingly, the proposals dominating the discussion involve international agreements, tweaks to capitalism, more free trade agreements, and technological fixes.
Ecosocialism offers an alternative, seeing capitalism itself as the source of the crisis and radical system change as the only viable solution. But what does it mean to “change the system”? How can we help build a broad movement that challenges the system, relates to concrete actions and existing social movements and has some hope of winning?
These are the issues the 21st Century Ecosocialism conference will address. We invite participation from all who are committed to a sustainable and just future and are not afraid to challenge capitalism to get there.