CLIMATE, CAPITALISM AND CATASTROPHE
Last year’s COP27 climate summit saw world leaders effectively end any effort to keep warming below 1.5 degrees, previously accepted as the safe limit. We are entering a world of more dangerous and more frequent floods, fires and climate disasters. Sessions will explore why capitalism stands in the way of serious climate action, the Labor government’s cover-up in claiming to have any commitment to the action needed and why we need to break with capitalist solutions like private investment in renewables or carbon offsets if we are to avoid disaster.
UKRAINE, WAR AND IMPERIALISM TODAY
The West is pouring weapons into Ukraine not because it cares about democracy but as part of a proxy war to weaken Putin and Russian imperialism. Sessions will discuss the Ukraine conflict as well as the growing cold war in the Pacific and Australia’s own military build-up as part of US imperialism’s effort to weaken China and maintain its dominance through the 21st century.