All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!
— Discussion on the MLPC Platform —
The world is coming together to demand that proper attention be paid to Mother Earth. Measures must be taken to overcome the destructive effects of climate change and end the pernicious practices of the monopolies and oligopolies such as fracking, clear cutting, detrimental mining methods, contamination of lakes and oceans, the privatization of water, fraudulent environmental assessments. An end must also be put to the dispossession of the rightful holders and defenders of the land and to 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 defense of the rights of all.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada states clearly that the natural and social environment cannot live in harmony unless we oppose government pay-the-rich schemes as is taking place from coast to coast to coast. The MLPC 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. Let everyone demand that governments enter into new arrangements that honour Indigenous peoples’ sovereign rights to their ancestral lands.
Mother Earth can only be defended when the dignity of labour and rights of all are also upheld. Modern society cannot be made sustainable without consciously upholding its duty to humanize both the social and the natural environment. Harming Mother Earth, working people or Indigenous peoples or the future of the younger generations leads to ruin. Any government which does not uphold its duties on these fronts is superfluous. It is not fit to govern.
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-so and control over the production and distribution of social product can the serious problems facing Mother Earth and our societies be provided with solutions.
It is also imperative to denounce the U.S.-led wars of aggression and occupation, and the U.S. war industry which is the biggest polluter in the world. The U.S. Department of Defense is the government body with the highest use of fossil fuel in the world. The daily fuel consumption of the aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and facilities of the U.S. military surpasses that of entire countries. Add to this the environmental impact of the use of depleted uranium munitions and chemical weapons such as defoliants as used during the Vietnam War, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. We also need to oppose Canada’s deployment of men and women of Canada’s military to participate in the U.S. wars of occupation 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. To serve these interests and speak about concern for the environment in the same breath is absurd. Such is the case for example of the grandstanding of the political parties which form a cartel party system to try to convince the people that they are protectors of the environment. They try to divide people between those who favour a carbon tax and those opposed to a carbon tax and yet buy a bitumen pipeline which many people decry as a danger to the environment. The ruling elite and their media and political parties have been trying to frame “new green deals” and anti-new green deals for the 2019 federal election. To divide the people on the basis of pro and con carbon taxes or pro and con “green deals” or pro-jobs and anti-consent and other bogus ways to pose the problems is to keep the people spinning and counterspinning so that they cannot work out what they themselves need and want. How to make the environment sustainable is not the problem of the 21st century. The problem the people are tackling is how to be the decision-makers so as to make it so.
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.
The MLPC supports all the actions of the youth, working class, people and Indigenous peoples 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 are exposed when people fight for what is just. Everything regarding the socialized economy is brought out in the public domain when people fight for what is right. Only once it is exposed for all to see and evaluated can they set their line of march to bring those who are up to no good to account. This is why the MLPC calls on all working people, women and youth to persist in speaking out about their concerns and demands. This is the first step to establishing a real hold on political and economic power which can bring to the fore the human factor/social consciousness and realize the aim of humanizing 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 Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!