«Anarchism possesses the most environmentally conscious writings amongst the revolutionary tradition: Kropotkin’s Conquest of Bread suggests applying the power of the « heat of the sun and the breath of the wind » to human production…»
ABSTRACT: Of significance to the creation of Earthworker is the introduction of market « measures » to reduce carbon pollution: the Labor Government of Kevin Rudd, elected in 2007, was swept to power on the back of substantial public support for governmental schemes to address climate change. At the time, the election led some to proclaim it the first climate change election in the world.12 However, since then, an emergent right-wing populist rhetoric – particularly from talk radio « shock-jocks » and the Murdoch press in Australia, which controls 70 percent of the print media – has led to a marked decrease in support for any proposed « solutions » to climate change, market or otherwise.13 Nonetheless, despite it badly affecting their poll ratings, the government has continued to pursue an Emissions Lrading Scheme, which passed the Senate in late 201 f. [Dave Kerin] argues that following the introduction of the scheme, Australia may « flood with green technologies, » putting Earthworker in an ideal position to capitalize on the changing economic situation. However, in no sense does Kerin perceive market mechanisms as being capable of addressing the present climate disaster unfolding; in fact, the opposite is true – Earthworker has been established to bypass the market system and provide a working example of a participatory democracy producing green technologies.
Here FW Brendan Libertad talks to FW Dave Kerin whose work with the Earthworker cooperative seeks to combat the brown market economy with clean renewable energy developed and utilised via the principles of cooperation and solidarity that underpin Green Syndicalism
The union movement, as Jack Mundey points out, has « been caught in a false dichotomy, where they have been presented with choosing between jobs or the environment. It’s a contradiction that has been fostered by opportunist politicians, corporations or government bureaucracies who try to force people to say, You’ve got to make a decision, it’s either the environment or jobs.’ But we should be able to have both: an environment fit for our children and sustainable, socially useful employment. »1 Lire la suite