A narrative has developed, not least since the 2008/9 finance screw-up, that “green” is synonymous with privilege. It’s a narrative that suits the broadly consumerist status quo. It’s propped up because concern for the broader environment isn’t toward the top of the hierarchy of needs (air, food, water, shelter etc.)

As global finance capital produces mass anxiety over meeting fairly basic needs, even in a modern “recovering” economy, it is easy to generate a sneer against those with concerns beyond that. Caring about the planet thus gets presented as some sort of heresy against the working class. Some socialists are happy to tag along with this construct.

The more working class people believe it the more it becomes true as they are alienated from overt environmentalist politics and action, even if it’s them and their children who are far more likely to suffer health effects of pollution, other environmental degradations…

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