Earth Day 2022
All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environments!
On Earth Day, April 22, the peoples of the world come together to demand that proper attention be paid to Mother Earth. The past year, during which the United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Glasgow, Scotland (COP 26), saw more disinformation than ever from the United States, Britain, Canada and the European countries to give the impression they are taking measures to bring climate change under control while in fact increasing the number of pay-the-rich schemes under the high ideal of “greening the economy.” Those oligopolies which control the economies of these and other countries, plundering their resources and exploiting and oppressing the people of the world — especially the peoples of Asia, Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean — are fully responsible. They act with impunity and must be held to account in order to overcome the destructive effects of climate change and end their pernicious practices such as fracking, clear cutting, detrimental mining methods, contamination of rivers, lakes and oceans, the privatization of water, fraudulent environmental assessments and the dispossession of the rightful holders of the land and all the other abuses which are increasing as a result of neo-liberal anti-social and anti-national agendas.
The urgent need is to reverse this alarming deleterious trend. All over the world this is being done by the peoples’ struggles which restrict and successfully deprive the monopolies and oligopolies and governments in their service of their ability to pollute, destroy, super-exploit, trample on the sovereign rights of Indigenous peoples, and wage war for self-serving aims. The working peoples’ striving for empowerment unites people from all walks of life to become an organized force which takes stands in defence of the rights of all.
On this occasion, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) states clearly that the natural and social environment cannot live in harmony without opposing government pay-the-rich schemes. CPC(M-L) on this occasion specifically opposes the use of the serious issues of the environment and the economy to justify expropriating the Indigenous peoples and going against the expressed desire of the people on projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline construction, especially when these are done in the name of “national interest.” This association is to make sure the people play no role in determining the outcome of the decisions which affect them and so that the issue of climate change is also not sorted out in favour of humanizing both the natural and social environments.
There is no Chinese Wall between the interests of the environment and the economy but they cannot be harmonized by continuing the expropriation of the Indigenous peoples who are the stewards and protectors of Turtle Island and holders of sovereign rights to this vast land. The Indigenous peoples have never relinquished their sovereign hereditary rights and bravely continue to defend Turtle Island from the indignities of colonial pillage and ruin.
On Earth Day let everyone demand that governments enter into new arrangements that honour Indigenous peoples’ sovereign rights to their ancestral lands.
Mother Earth is one of the two pillars of all social wealth, the other being the work of working people. Modern society cannot be built without consciously upholding the dignity of both. Harming Mother Earth, working people or Indigenous peoples leads to the ruin of society.
To uphold the dignity of Mother Earth means to bring social consciousness to the fore within the socialized economy. Activating the human factor/social consciousness to negate the anti-human factor/anti-consciousness is the order of the day. Only if working people themselves have a say and control over the production and distribution of the social product they create through their work can the serious problems facing Mother Earth and our societies be provided with solutions.
A significant act on Earth Day is also to denounce the U.S./NATO-led wars of aggression and occupation, and the U.S. war industry which is the biggest polluter in the world. Denounce the Canadian ruling elite which has deployed the men and women of Canada’s military to participate in the U.S./NATO expansion to encircle, isolate and crush Russia. Denounce all U.S. wars of aggression and regime change and NATO and UN missions carried out in the name of humanitarian aid, peace, freedom and democracy.
Federal and provincial governments, no matter what party is in power, have shown that they fully identify with the narrow stance of private interests and the demands of the war government in the United States and its understudy in Canada. To serve these interests and speak about concern for the environment in the same breath is absurd. It means that concern for environmental degradation and ruination of Mother Earth must be consciously expanded into a movement to empower the working people, to put them in the forefront of all economic, political and social decision-making.
CPC(M-L) supports the actions of the Indigenous peoples, youth, working class, and broad sections of the people which restrict the monopolies and oligopolies in their claims and in their ruinous activities. The secret agenda of the monopolies, oligopolies and governments in their service in the socialized economy and for war must cease. Everything regarding the socialized economy must be public and exposed for all to see and evaluate. Working people must persist in stating their concerns and demands, which is the first step to establishing a real hold on political and economic power so they can bring to the fore the human factor/social consciousness and lead the movement to humanize the social and natural environments.
The people must become the decision-makers and set the direction of the economy in a manner that protects the environment and affirms the right to be of the peoples of the entire world.
All Out to Make Our Claims on Society Known on Earth Day 2022!
All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!