April saw a flurry of climate events with temperature records being set across Asia as the Earth enters an era of "mega-fires." Extreme weather events cost the US $3 billion in the first three months of this year. And in an extreme act of protest against fossil fuels, one prominent lawyer immolated himself. This Earth Day and beyond, we must heed his words before it's too late.
Activism is not a profession, it's a way of living, says Enric Duran Giralt, a member of the Catalan underground anti-capitalist resistance. From 2006-08, he swindled 39 Spanish banks in an act of civil disobedience that mirrored the precarious system behind the 2008 financial meltdown. Currently living underground, Giralt continues his anti-capitalist work through projects like Catalan Integral Cooperative and FairCoop, and a digital cryptocurrency, Faircoin for co-ops and collectives.
After 12 years of center-left rule, Argentina is seeing a resurgence of right wing policies along with the implementation of neoliberalism under President Mauricio Macri. Since Macri's election, the country has experienced dramatic rises in the prices of essential public services, constant assaults on social rights, and increasing levels of state violence against those who resist the new policies.