Reflections of a green ecosocialist.
"The time has come the walrus said
To talk of many things
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax
Of cabbages and kings"
Lewis Carroll: Alice through the Looking Glass
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Nuclear Power means nuclear disaster! The Ecosocialist Alternative
Nuclear power means nuclear disaster!
The ecosocialist alternative
Wednesday 6th April, 7.30pm, ULU, Malet Street
Kate Hudson, CND
Romayne Phoenix, Green Left
Liam McQuade, Socialist Resistance
Once again the evidence shows that nuclear technology can never be 100% safe. The risks are so frightening that the conclusion is obvious: it is imperative to abandon nuclear energy, and as quickly as possible. This is the first lesson of Fukushima, one which raises the need for an alternative to the capitalist model of infinite growth.
We have to abandon nuclear energy as quickly as possible. This is perfectly possible but it is a political decision. We must also abandon fossil fuels, the main cause of climate change. In just two generations, renewables must become our sole energy source.
All the responses to the climate challenge presented by capitalists rely on technology, of which nuclear is the flagship. The International Energy Agency proposes to triple the number of nuclear power stations by 2050. This is madness, pure and simple.
An alternative to this vicious system is more urgent than ever. It ultimately requires the realisation of the ecosocialist project, of a society producing for the satisfaction of real human needs, democratically determined, in accordance with the rhythms and the functioning of the ecosystem.
Without such an alternative, capitalist growth will always cause more disasters without providing for social needs. That is, ultimately, the terrible lesson of Fukushima.
Meeting organised by Socialist Resistance and Green Left
Joseph Healy stood as the Green Party's Parliamentary Candidate for Vauxhall at the last general election.
Joseph was also Number 4 on the Green Party's European list in London.
He was Male Co-Convenor of Green Left, the ecosocialist, anti-capitalist platform within the Green Party, for two years and was the Secretary for the last year. He is an officer of Coalition of Resistance, the leading anti-cuts campaigning organisation. He resigned from the Green Party this February in protest against the Green Council in Brighton & Hove voting through budget cuts.
He has also been recently elected as the Treasurer of Queers Against the Cuts.
He was also the Green Party's delegate to the Stop the War Coalition and an active anti-war campaigner.
He is an active trade unionist and a member of UNITE.
He was working for four years as director of a Pan London disability charity in Brixton (Transport for All) campaigning for better accessible transport for disabled people and is himself disabled. He currently works for Lambeth's main disability organisation, Disability Advice Service Lambeth on a part time basis.
After having been Vice Chair of the London Ambulance Service Patients Forum, the largest public and patient involvement group in the NHS, he was elected Chair in 2010 and re-elected Chair in 2011.
He was also active as a pioneer in the LGBT rights movement in the Irish Republic in the 70s and early 80s and has campaigned strongly in London on issues connected with HIV and health.
Joseph lives in Camberwell with his partner and his cat.