Global and Regional environmental disasters call for basic system change, not catastrophic crisis management –
On the International Day of Struggle to Save the Environment, 6 November, let us develop the environmental struggle! Let’s promote a real society-changing environmental movement!
In 2021 we have seen an extreme development of the transition of ongoing environmental crisis into a global environmental disaster. Heat waves with record heat and forest fires, droughts on the one hand and record storms with floods and landslides on the other, have extreme consequences for the masses. The glaciers at North and South poles and Greenland ice is melting faster than ever before.
Hundreds of people have died in the floods all over the world, but for the first time to this extent also in Europe. Thousands have lost their homes, whole villages and districts have been razed to the ground.
Heat waves in North America, the Mediterranean and Asia are killing people, causing forest fires and droughts.
The alternation of extreme heat and drought and extreme storms accelerates erosion, destroys valuable arable land and thus the livelihood of farmers and ultimately the food basis of humanity.
As a consequence of this crisis – following the break out of the SARS virus and the MERS – the more serious Covid19 pandemic is creating havoc at global level, with the threats of more disastrous viruses in future, threatening the existence of humanity on the earth.
We are experiencing extreme events worldwide this year in the wake of the looming climate catastrophe. This is not a one-off “event of the century”, but an indication that the transition to a global environmental catastrophe is progressing. The international supermonopolies are the main perpetrators of this development. Important tipping points have already been passed and thus a qualitative leap towards ecological catastrophe has been initiated. Like all previous agreements the Paris Agreement has also definitely failed. The so-called “climate neutrality” is a perverse commerce of rights to pollute.
Just as ruthlessly as the international monopolies are shifting the burdens of the world economic and financial crisis onto the working class, the broad masses and national budgets, they are also shifting the burdens of the global environmental crisis. The refusal of the rulers to solve this pressing problem for the whole human life is turning more and more people against capitalism. “System change – not climate change!” became the slogan of the Fridays for Future movement. But in order to get a real perspective, it has to be clarified that this system change can only consist in overcoming imperialism in a revolutionary way and building an alternative path of sustainable, egalitarian development with all powers to the people which many ICOR organizations associate with achieving socialism by struggle world wide. This is why there are attempts to exclude revolutionary forces from the environmental movement with anti-communist orientation. Only a socialist society can restore the unity of humanity and nature in a sustainable way!
The most advanced struggles often develop where workers’ and environmental struggles combine. In Latin America broad masses of the population are uniting in the struggle against privatization of water resources, of sewage systems, of drinking water and against its pollution. In Colombia the union of the struggle of the miners of El Cerrejón against layoffs with the struggle of the indigenous people against the environmental destruction caused by open-pit mining were important struggles. There are similar examples at global level. Consciously promoting this unity is the task of the international Marxist-Leninist and working-class movement. ICOR has worked systematically on this since its foundation in 2010. The ICOR will also discuss how the ICOR and its member organizations will further develop the worldwide struggle against the threatening global environmental catastrophe. This will be an important impulse for the further development of the environmental movement as a whole.
Forward with turning the environmental movement to a worldwide mass movement!
Forward with the unity of the workers’ and environmental movements!
Forward with the ICOR!
Forward with building socialism all over the world, which only opens the path of sustainable, egalitarian development in the unity of humanity and nature!
Signatories (as of 16 September 2021, further signatories possible):
PCPCI Parti Communiste Proletarien de Côte d’Ivoire (Proletarian Communist Party of Ivory Coast)
CPK Communist Party of Kenya
MMLPL Moroccan Marxist-Leninist Proletarian Line
CPSA (ML) Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)
PCT Parti Comuniste du Togo (Communist Party of Togo)
PPDS Parti Patriotique Démocratique Socialiste (Patriotic Democratic Socialist Party), Tunisia
CPB Communist Party of Bangladesh
CPI (ML) Red Star Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star
Ranjbaran Hezb-e Ranjbaran-e Iran (Proletarian Party of Iran)
NCP (Mashal) Nepal Communist Party (Mashal)
PPRF Patriotic Peoples Republican Front of Nepal
NDMLP New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party, Sri Lanka
CPA/ML Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist)
БКП Българска Комунистическа Партия (Bulgarian Communist Party)
PR-ByH Partija Rada – ByH (Party of Labor – Bosnia and Herzegovina)
MLPD Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands (Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany)
UC Unité Communiste (Communist United ), France
UPML Union Prolétarienne Marxiste-Léniniste (Marxist-Leninist Proletarian Union), France
KOL Kommunistische Organisation Luxemburg (Communist Organization of Luxemburg)
RM Rode Morgen (Red Dawn), Netherlands
UMLP União Marxista-Leninista Portuguesa (Portuguese Marxist-Leninist Union)
MLGS Marxistisch-Leninistische Gruppe Schweiz (Marxist-Leninist Group of Switzerland)
TKP-ML Türkiye Komünist Partisi – Marksist-Leninist (Communist Party of Turkey – Marxist-Leninist)
MLKP Marksist Leninist Komünist Parti Türkiye / Kürdistan (Marxist Leninist Communist Party Turkey / Kurdistan)
KSRD Koordinazionnyj Sowjet Rabotschewo Dvizhenija (Coordination Council of the Workers Class Movement), Ukraine
UoC Union of Cypriots, Cyprus
PCC-M Partido Comunista de Colombia – Maoista (Communist Party of Colombia – Maoist)
PCP (independiente) Partido Comunista Paraguayo (independiente) (Paraguayan Communist Party (independent))
BDP Bloque Democratico Popular (Popular Democratic Bloc), Peru
PC (ML) Partido Comunista (Marxista Leninista) (Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)), Dominican Republic
PCR-U Partido Comunista Revolucionario del Uruguay (Revolutionary Communist Party of Uruguay)