​​​​Radical movements need to urgently develop and make sense of what the science actually means in 2022, where and how the ecological impacts are currently unfolding across the country and the world and how the lens of justice is necessary to move beyond the end of the world.

What is the climate crisis? What does the science say will happen, and how will it affect people worldwide? How do the startling instances of extreme weather relate to the slow accumulation of greenhouse gases? To answer these questions, we must also investigate the history of global capitalism. How are fossil fuels embedded in our lives, and why is it so tricky to escape them? How did the energy system grow into a monstrous, unstoppable thing so integral to every aspect of most humans’ lives?

The climate crisis contains much more than just the correlation between CO2 and global heating. It contains a slew of other planetary systems forced far from their former states: ocean acidification, ozone depletion, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, aerosol pollution, freshwater use, land-use change, biological diversity destruction, and the release of toxic chemicals. Simultaneously, global food systems are becoming increasingly fragile, topsoil erodes, and natural systems worldwide are lurching into crisis states. 

Humans rely on all of these systems in one way or another, mainly processed at scale through capital. How does capital relate to nature? What does it do to it? How does it put it to work, and what kinds of struggles does capital have with nature?

With all this going on, how should we think of our era? Is it the ‘Anthropocene’ or the ‘Capitalocene’, a ‘Eurocene’, a ‘chthulucene’, a ‘thermocene’, a ‘polemocene’, or some mixture of all of the above? 

Where will the impacts first be felt, and how will they spread? Those who have contributed the least to the crisis will pay its greatest and most immediate price. The impetus for climate justice comes from the urgent need to combine a green energy transition with justice for ongoing brutalities.

The demand for justice is no mere additional extra on top of the necessity of a green energy transition. So expansive is the scope of the climate crisis that it also involves the whole of the history of brutal injustices under capitalism. Our entire lives are structured around a globe-spanning energy system that is destroying the planet, powered by an economic system destroying us. How do we struggle for justice inside this global machinery?​​​​​​​