Marxism and Ecology Stream

The global ecological crisis constitutes the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. The nature of the response to this crisis in the present century will be the most important determinant of the course of humanity and the life on Earth. The ecological crisis has already changed our lives in the form of pandemics, food and water crises, extreme climate events and disasters. The planet is alarming.

The need for a radical ecological revolution that will provide a solution to the global ecological crisis is increasingly being voiced by various actors. Major social insurrections around issues such as garbage, waste, access to water and food sovereignty have been organized around globe.

The union movement and the anti-racist movement have also joined the youth movement that has grown against the ecological crisis for the last three years. The movements are defying capitalism, so to speak. The chaotic structure of the capitalist system, which is based on overproduction, consumption and speed, that is, based on profit, can no longer be sustained. What they market as sustainability is only the sustainability of capitalism. The sustainability of nature, including the human species, is now very clearly dependent on the termination of capitalism.

In this stream, we will examine how the ecological crisis manifests itself and with what consequences around the globe socially, economically and politically. We welcome presentations and panel proposals that contribute to the answers of such questions: What are the dimensions of ecological crisis? Is green capitalism possible? What should be done to overcome the crisis? What are the different experiences of global social movements? How and what can we learn from each other to fight against the ecological crisis? Is “gaia” of the anticapitalist ecological movements possible, how and when?

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