The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Weather Conditions Cannot Be the New Normal

May 20, 2024

Recently several extreme and deadly weather events have swept the planet. In the U.S. there were multiple devastating tornado outbreaks from Oklahoma to Michigan. The central U.S. was slammed, homes obliterated. People’s lives turned upside down. And wildfires have begun again in Canada, with its smoke and bad air quality affecting Canada and parts of the U.S. And this is only a partial list.

Then there are the cases of unprecedented flooding in various countries, including: Brazil, Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Bolivia, and Argentina. Water suppliers destroyed, farmland flooded, livestock and children swept away in flash flooding, thousands of homes destroyed, people evacuated, uprooted, without shelter.

For the last several years so-called 100-year storms have been happening more frequently. We see all the devastation happening on TV where it is presented as the new normal. With climate change and a warming planet, it IS the new normal. But this doesn’t mean that this situation is acceptable.

Action has to be taken to mitigate the situation. But the tiny handful of billionaire families who control the wealth offer no solutions, no protections. From their high places, they make it clear that a toothbrush and a blanket from the Red Cross is enough for us.

Capitalism turns natural and unnatural weather events into catastrophes!