- Kai Heron
Nice article on from a climate/social justice 'same fight' perspective. Useful set of policy demands.
This all adds up to what Marxists call a crisis in the ability of the working class to reproduce itself within capital’s circuits of accumulation.
1.1. Build free and expanded public transportation networks.
1.2. Expand no-car zones in cities and better cycling infrastructure.
reduce car usage, free public transport must be combined with prohibitions on car travel in selected areas
The bike is a cost of living and climate crisis fighting machine. Maintaining a bike is easier and cheaper than maintaining a car, produces no emissions and creates far less particle pollution.
There’s also poor infrastructure for those wanting to make journeys between cities and suburban or rural areas: cyclists are frequently forced to take dangerous A-roads or B-roads where close passes at high speed are common. The UK’s cycling network is just 12,739 miles long, less than half of which is off road. The Netherlands, meanwhile – which is a sixth of the UK – has a network that’s 21,748 miles long. It’s no surprise, then, that while just 2% of journeys in the UK are taken by bike, 27% are in the Netherlands.
1.3. Rollout publicly-funded housing insulation and heat pumps.
1.4. Transform our food systems.
It’s not just energy bills that have been hit by inflation. The average food bill has risen by £454 a year as prices of staples hit a 14-year high.
Industrialised farming has reduced flying insect numbers by 60% in 20 years, and bird numbers have also declined dramatically.
monocultural fossil fuel dependent systems should be replaced by agroecological farming practices. By implementing region-specific methods that integrate livestock and cropping and incorporate crop rotations featuring nitrogen-fixing legumes, Europe could feed its projected population in 2050 without feed imports and with reduced synthetic fertiliser use