South Africa’s Polluting Giants – it's about profits and class
·When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa falls within the 15 biggest polluters in the world
·In 2015 alone, South Africa emitted 427 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
·As such, South Africa as a country is a major contributor to global warming – although it is not quite in the league of China, the USA and India
·Air pollution in some parts of South Africa, such as the Mpumalanga Highveld, is so bad that millions of people suffer from diseases caused by air pollution, including skin rashes, heart disease, asthma and lung cancer
·In fact, it is estimated that between 2 200 and 2 700 people in South Africa die prematurely every year as a result of being exposed to high levels of air pollution
·But there is also a class dimension when it comes to pinning down which sections of society are responsible for air pollution – not all people contribute equally to air pollution
·When pollution is looked at in conjunction with class, it becomes very clear who the major polluters in South Africa are; and it is not the working class
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BUILDING AUTONOMY THROUGH ECOLOGY IN ROJAVA
Before years of war devastated northern Syria, decades of capitalist exploitation by the Syrian state created the ecological disaster the people of Rojava face today. Through wheat monoculture, oil extraction, and neglect of waste management planning, the Syrian state left the region with growing ecological problems. Simultaneously, the Turkish government has expanded dam projects along rivers running south into northern Syria for decades, making it harder for people to grow food and be self-sustainable.
When Rojava was liberated from direct Syrian government control in 2012, this set off a political revolution towards a self-organized democratic society across northern Syria. In 2016, 151 delegates from various northern regions of the Syrian state, including Rojava, proclaimed autonomy through the creation of the ‘Federation of Northern Syria–Rojava’. Revolutionary forces throughout Rojava continue building an autonomous democratic society today.
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