There’s a much worse global pandemic than Covid-19: global capitalism

Is the coronavirus now encircling the globe Mother Nature’s desperate attempt to stop rampant capitalism from destroying sentient life on the planet? With most of the world’s political leaders still blatantly committed to abetting the reign of terror by the multinational corporations -- and with so many workers dependent on capitalism for their livelihood – … Continue reading There’s a much worse global pandemic than Covid-19: global capitalism

After Covid-19 passes, our future will depend on whether governments prevent or permit more environmental vandalism by large corporations

Recent photos taken by astronauts in the orbiting space station show an amazing improvement in Earth’s atmosphere. The sharp reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from factories, motor vehicles, ships, planes and fossil fuels reveals a planetary surface whose clarity had been obscured by industrial pollutants. This long-delayed abatement of global warming stems from the Covid-19 … Continue reading After Covid-19 passes, our future will depend on whether governments prevent or permit more environmental vandalism by large corporations

Is Covid-19 Mother Nature’s latest effort to rid herself of the virus of humankind?

Back in the 1970s, chemist James Lovelock, with his associate microbiologist Lynn Marguilis, developed what they called the Gaia hypothesis: the theory that our planet is a sentient organism dedicated to promoting and protecting all forms of life. Gaia is the ancestral name of the primal Earth goddess, whose regulation of all organic components of … Continue reading Is Covid-19 Mother Nature’s latest effort to rid herself of the virus of humankind?

Repeated failure of climate summits portends a bleak future under unchecked capitalism

Delegates to the recent Climate Change Summit in Madrid failed to muster a consensus on future action to curb global warning. Despite extending the meeting an extra day, desperate efforts to reach an accord were stymied by delegates from two of the largest countries: the United States and Australia. It’s no coincidence that both U.S. … Continue reading Repeated failure of climate summits portends a bleak future under unchecked capitalism

Protests against climate change increase, but blame still put on wrong miscreants

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old environmental activist, made  headlines at the recent United Nations climate summit. In a fiery speech, she berated the world’s governments for their persistent failure to curb climate change. “How dare you steal my dreams and my childhood with your empty words?” she demanded. Greta is one of the more prominent young … Continue reading Protests against climate change increase, but blame still put on wrong miscreants

Deliberate deforestation of the Amazon exposes anti-climate capitalism

The outbreak of thousands of fires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest starkly exposes the refusal of the world’s business and political leaders to take the threat of climate change seriously. For the past 30 years, at successive climate summits, they have piously pledged to curb greenhouse gas emissions, never really intending to make more than … Continue reading Deliberate deforestation of the Amazon exposes anti-climate capitalism

Earth’s inhabitants now stranded in a leaking neoliberal “lifeboat”

For the past 50 years, the world’s most renowned ecologists, climatologists, and other scientists – including more than a hundred Nobel Prize winners – have been imploring corporate and political leaders to curb global warming before it rises to catastrophic levels. “Planet Earth is finite,” they warn. “Its ability to absorb wastes is finite. Its … Continue reading Earth’s inhabitants now stranded in a leaking neoliberal “lifeboat”