Ecosocialism Canada was founded by Dave Taylor in 2009. The website he edited remains online, unchanged, in honour of his memory.
In February 2014, following Dave’s death, Ian Angus became Editor. The site has moved to a new, easier to remember web address: ecosocialism.ca, and it has been redesigned to enable better access to articles by subject. Ten topic areas that we see as priorities are now directly accessible from the top menu. Subtopics can be accessed using the “Tags” tab at the top of the right-hand column.
Our goal is to build on the foundation Doug laid, to make this website an essential resource for the growing movement against capitalist ecocide in Canada, Quebec and the First Nations.
Most articles in Ecosocialism Canada will fall into one of two broad categories:
- News, analysis and discussion of environmental issues in or relevant to Canada. Examples could include the tar sands, mining, government policies, water, agriculture, overseas activities of Canadian corporations, Arctic ice loss, etc.
- News, analysis and discussion of environmental movements and protests, with special emphasis on First Nations, ecosocialist groups, and other environmental justice activities.
Ecosocialism Canada does not pretend to be impartial. This is a partisan project, written and edited by people who strongly believe that an ecological revolution is needed, and that no such revolution is possible within the framework of the capitalist system. In John Bellamy Foster’s words, “There can be no true ecological revolution that is not socialist; no true socialist revolution that is not ecological.”
We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t even claim that we are sure about everything we think we know. Ecosocialism is not a final doctrine, carved in stone: it is a work in progress, and it always will be. We welcome constructive discussion and criticism, and we invite all left-greens and green-lefts to join us in this exciting project.
As Antonio Gramsci wrote nearly a century ago:
“Every aspect of the problem deserves a vast and deep treatment, clarifications, subsidiary and coordinated integration. But the concrete and complete solution of the problems of socialist life can be given only by communist practice: discussion in common, which sympathetically modifies consciousnesses uniting them and filling them with working enthusiasm. To tell the truth, to arrive together at the truth, is to achieve a communist and revolutionary act.”
More briefly: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.