Ecosocialism – Going Green For The Common Good.


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Said it before, say it again – we are all in this together, so let’s start acting like it. Just about everything we choose to do in our own lives impacts everyone else on the planet in some way, so it’s very important to choose wisely. However, this also holds true for all the positive things we are doing around the world in the name of the environment – in the long run, things will be better for all of us living here together on the earth. This kind of movement could be called “Ecosocialism“, as it is investing and working towards a cleaner world together, with the end result being better for everyone. There really is no downside to this kind of thinking.

Regardless of your political/financial beliefs or if you think socialism is not healthy for society, ecosocialism is different because it benefits everyone on earth. It doesn’t just benefit a subset of peoples, a certain neighborhood, or a certain country – it’s for everyone. Our collective investment in the planet and “green” technology is here for everyone. Will some people profit off of it? Sure – and they should if they come up with something groundbreaking. That is a demonstration of capitalism and the free-market to its core. But the use and making-available of said product to benefit everyone is ecosocialism; and will be the next wave of the environmental movement.

What exactly am I talking about here? I am talking about programs and projects designed, built, implemented, and paid for with citizen money – but for the benefit of everyone, not just those who can pay for access. When even the poorest communities on earth can get access to “green” tech, it benefits all of us. For some examples…

  • Community wind power can power small communities across the world w/o burning oil or coal, so there is less pollution coming from places without pollution controls. This leads to cleaner air and water for everyone on earth.
  • Clean water for all reduces disease, starvation, and water wars.
  • More fuel efficient automobiles (hybrid, electric or otherwise) spread to every corner on earth reduces our need to find oil in dangerous, labor-intensive places, reduces particulate matter and greenhouse gasses, and will cut back on wars fought and people killed over oil resources.
  • Solar power on every roof reduces the strain on our utilities, would provide an endless supply of jobs for those in need, and would reduce the amount of coal we burn/coal plants that would need to be built.
  • All of the above also lead to healthier world citizens, reducing the strain and cost of medical care, as well as help to safeguard us from pandemics.

We have to start taking care of everyone, not just those who can afford the care they need. This goes for our physical health and our planetary health. In the end, every dollar of investment we make for the common good, I imagine we could get back 10-fold. Ecosocialism provides for all of us. Taking a moment to give some thought to how your choices and decisions can possibly impact everyone else around you and it might just change the way you think and act. This is the spirit of ecosocialism, and we need to get started right away.

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  1. Great post! I would love to see this come to fruition. What a great future we would be leaving for subsequent generations.

  2. Very good article. We can make a personal difference by recycling and using cloth bags for shopping. Eliminate paper and plastic bags. It will save a tree and some oil.

  3. i completely agree with this, and i’m glad that our electricity provider here in WA has given us the option to support green, renewable resources.

  4. Recently I wrote a blog entry offering a leftist critique of the ideology of “Green” environmentalism, deep ecology, eco-feminism, and lifestyle politics in general (veganism, “dumpster diving,” “buying organic,” “locavorism,” etc.). I”™d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter and any responses you might have to its criticisms.

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