Brazil: Party of Socialism & Freedom (PSOL) embraces Ecosocialism


Congratulations to Michael Lowy, Joao Alfredo (pictured left) and all who took part in PSOL’s (Partido Socialismo e Liberdade) first ecosocialist gathering in the Brazilian city of Curitiba from 1 to 3 April. Members discussed how the PSOL could be transformed into an ecosocialist party. As a result the Curitiba Charter was adopted, outlining the principles and campaigns that they would promote. In addition a specific Ecososcialist Section within the party has been initiated to coordinate and oversee future activities.

The Charter was dedicated to the memory of Chico Mendes and Dorothy Stang; the great environmentalists who’s passion and influence inevitably acted against corporate interests thus leading to their respective murders.

Part of the statement from the meeting is below:

Only a party that places itself firmly in the anti-capitalist tradition, but which has broken with the authoritarian, bureaucratic and predatory experiences of “really-existing socialism” – a party in constant exchange with traditional communities and social and environmental movements – can confront such regression and build the tactical and strategic alliances needed for ecosocialist struggle. It is true that Ecosocialism remains a promise, a gamble on the future, but it is a pressing necessity if we are to ensure our survival as a species and as a society, as well as that of all other forms of life. It is something in process, under construction, which is based on principles of social equality, ecological sustainablity, the defence of diversity in its biological, social, ethnic and cultural dimensions, as well as on a new way of life, that takes as its starting point “being”, not “having”.

Ecosocialists propose a transversal intervention, across the board, because the environmental struggle should interact with all the different movements that make up the struggle for social emancipation, including those that raise demands for land reform and urban reform, trade union and youth struggles, as well as movements against environmental racism and for racial and gender equality.

Finally, what is at stake for humanity is the challenge of building a new society that can be, at one and the same time, politically democratic, socially just and egalitarian, culturally and ethnically diverse and environmentally sustainable. As Michael Lowy suggests, we need to update Rosa Luxemburg’s slogan to read, “Ecosocialism or Barbarism”!

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