An Open Letter to the 
Climate Justice Movement


1. I have devoted much of my forty-year professional career to writing about the negative consequences of markets and how we can, and should, replace them with a system of participatory planning that is efficient, fair, and environmentally sustainable. I began criticizing markets in Unorthodox Marxism published in 1979. My latest book on this subject is Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation published in 2005. More recently I published “The Case Against Markets” in the Journal of Economic Issues in 2007, and “Against the Market Economy: Advice to Venezuelan Friends” in Monthly Review in 2008. I have also taught environmental economics for decades and published widely on the subject of international climate policy, including Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, published in 2011.

2. For example: Brian Tokar, Toward Climate Justice (2010), Patrick Bond, Politics of Climate Justice (2012), and the video The Story of Cap and Trade by Annie Leonard.

3. “Left Clouds Over Climate Change Policy,” Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 44, No. 2 (June 2012); “Desperately Seeking Left Unity on Climate Change Policy,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. Vol. 23, No. 4 (Dec. 2012); and “Response to Patrick Bond on Climate Policy,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol. 24, No. 2 (June 2013).

4. Paul Baer, Tom Athanasiou, and Sivan Kartha, The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World: The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework (Berlin: Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2007).