Chris Kramer, ArbeiterInnenmacht
Chris Kramer beschäftigt sich seit mehreren Jahren mit den ökologischen Auswirkungen des globalen Kapitalismus auf die Länder des globalen Südens, insbesondere auf Lateinamerika. Zur Zeit arbeitet er an einer Broschüre zum Umweltimperialismus, die im Juni 2019 veröffentlicht werden soll. Er ist in der Gruppe ArbeiterInnenmacht aktiv und veröffentlicht Beiträge in den Publikationen „Revolutionärer Marxismus“ und „Neue Internationale“.
The destruction of the environment and the natural basis of life on earth continues unabated and is becoming more and more threatening.
While interventions in and use of the environment for human needs are necessary and would persist in a classless society, it is capitalism that destroys the environment for the sake of profits out of its limitless urge for capital accumulation. The world's major powers and corporations benefit from this and stubbornly refuse to take effective measures to change course. The incompatibility of capitalist "development" with the preservation and restoration of a desirable state of the environment for human societies becomes particularly clear here.
Capitalism has developed globally into a system of environmental imperialism. The exploitation in the semi-colonial countries is intensified to a large extent without consideration of the ecological and social consequences in order to increase the profits in the imperialist centers. The socio-ecological effects are systematically outsourced to countries of the "periphery".
We want to deal with the political and economic foundations of this system, which is inextricably linked to environmental destruction, exploitation, nationalism and war, and analyze the fundamental contexts of environmental imperialism. - Beyond that we want to dedicate ourselves to the question why and how the struggle against the destruction of the natural bases of life of mankind can and must be connected with the struggle against capitalism.
The workshop will be based on a text that will serve as a basis for discussion and will be presented in an introductory presentation, followed by an open, two-part discussion. The first part deals with the analysis of environmental imperialism, the second with the practical consequences we can draw from it.