Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

On December 23, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and the President of the National Commission for Development and Reform of China, He Lifeng , signed the Cooperation Plan between the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. for … Continue reading Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

 The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

The following is an extract from Capitalism and Robbery: The Expropriation of Land, Labor, and Corporeal Life, by John Bellamy Foster et al, Monthly Review, Dec 01, 2019. See also: The review of Guano and the opening of the Pacific world, recently shared by China Environment. ********************* Marx presented a systematic analysis of how industrialized agriculture robbed the land of necessary nutrients. He recognized and provided the basis for assessing the interlocking oppressions and processes of expropriation that accompanied this soil crisis. Nutrients from the countryside accumulated as waste in the cities and were washed away to sea as part … Continue reading  The industrialization of agriculture by capitalism and Metabolic Rift

Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

The 19th century search for fertilizer drove imperialist expansion and ecological destruction Climate & Capitalism: Ecosocialist Discussion BOOK REVIEW by Martin Empson Author: Gregory T. CushmanGUANO AND THE OPENING OF THE PACIFIC WORLDA Global Ecological History In the last two … Continue reading Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World

Richard Lewontin, eco-socialism, evolutionary biology and Marxism

Originally published by: Science for the People by Professor Erik Svensson, November 3, 2021. https://magazine.scienceforthepeople.org/lewontin-special-issue/richard-lewontin-dialectical-materialism-the-relationship-between-evolutionary-biology-and-marxism/ On July 4, 2021, the great population geneticist and evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin passed away at the age of 92. Lewontin left a strong political legacy in the … Continue reading Richard Lewontin, eco-socialism, evolutionary biology and Marxism

Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

Readers of China Environment News will be aware that we have always tried to make a clear distinction between Western ‘liberal’ environmentalism and anti-imperialist ecological socialism, as exemplified by China’s integration of ecological civilization in to its approach to socialism. The failure of the Western “left” to break from supporting the anti-China agenda pursued by the US and a relatively small number of subsidiary, rich Western countries, is a topic we have often discussed in China Environment News. This problem can be traced back to so-called Western Marxism’s rejection of the dialectics of nature, as conceived especially in the later … Continue reading Failure of the Western ‘left’ to understand the cause of environmental crisis

The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

In the following article reprinted from the Monthly Review, Professor John Bellamy Foster, a leading proponent of ecological Marxism and editor of Monthly Review, is interviewed by Greek left-wing economist Haris Golemis. [See also: Critique of 21st century imperialism and the growth of ecological Marxism: a view from China, by professor Cheng Enfu of the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and president of the World Association for Political Economy – shared by China Environment News on September 21, 2021.] “I challenge the Western left to recognize that a materialist conception of history is meaningless without a materialist conception … Continue reading The Planetary Rift and the materialist conception of nature

China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

Up until now, the world has followed the path founded in the West of industrial civilization. Its primary liberal political-economic model, characterized by unfettered private capital, has too often been eulogized as a perfect creation serving humanity. Indeed, it has been applauded as representing a utopian “end of history” which gives it a false quality of being representative of nature itself. However, continuing down this path, of industrial civilization, will lead to the very destruction of nature and humanity which will inevitably lead to a dystopian “end of history.” With Western capital shipping polluting industries to East Asia, the clean … Continue reading China’s vision of eco-civilization can prevent the “end of history”

Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

The following article from Carbon Brief gives a very detailed and useful summary of how the Chinese government’s attitude towards climate change, and its understanding of its own responsibilities, have changed over the last two decades. The article is quite long but is well worth the effort for those wishing to understand this important issue. Source: Friends of Socialist China October 26, 2021 Author: Jianqiang previously worked as China Dialogue’s Beijing editor and as an investigative reporter for China’s Southern Weekly newspaper. He has a masters degree in journalism from Tsinghua University. His books include Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of … Continue reading Nine key moments that changed China’s mind about climate change

China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization

  An extract from Roland Boer’s book Socialism with Chinese Characteristics “What we are currently witnessing is a contest between two models of globalization – between “zero sum” and “win-win”. The former has been the dominant model ever since the era of European colonialism and the era of primitive capital accumulation through colonial plunder, slavery and domination of other parts of the world. By contrast, the Chinese model of “win-win” arises from a very different historical experience … a long historical emphasis on stability and harmony … [in which] as the old Chinese proverb has it, things that oppose each … Continue reading China’s alternative to the Western liberal model of globalization