The biodiversity crisis and the environmentalist left

June 27, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

The biodiversity crisis and the environmentalist left

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This presentation is… an appeal to Marxist and socialist environmentalists to make the biodiversity crisis — which is genuinely apocalyptic — far more central to their analysis of the overall ecological crisis than has been the case.

They are right about the danger of climate change and global warming, the melting ice-caps rising sea levels, and they are right to oppose the capitalist drive for profit and the culture of productivism which prevails. But all to often the biodiversity crisis is either left out or underestimated.

Not that the catastrophic collapse of biodiversity we are witnessing today is disputed by most Marxist or socialist environmentalists. It is widely accepted, for example, that between 40 and 50 percent of all species on the planet could be extinct by mid-century and that a quarter of all mammal species in the world are currently at risk of extinction against a background (natural) extinction rate (over millennia) of just one every 700 years. The most disastrous situation exists amongst amphibians where the current extinction rate is a mind-boggling 45,000 times higher than the background rate!


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