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Karl Marx and Climate Change


A short video titled ‘Marxist theory: Relevant to climate change today?’ by Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, that discusses the impact of capitalism on climate change. Murdock discusses Marx’s commentary on the breakdown of the relationship of humans with nature due the industrialization of agricultural practices.

Students will learn the foundations of Marx’s theory of Capitalism and its historical development and capitalism’s influence on climate change. They will also learn about how rapid industrialization and capitalism have contributed to global warming. They will further learn how Marx’s analysis on ecology could also provide the solutions to problems in the context of climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are Marx’s main tenets about Capitalism?
  2. What are Marx’s fundamental problems with Capitalism?
  3. Discuss how industrialization and capitalism have contributed to global warming.
About Tool
Tool NameMarxist theory: Relevant to climate change today?
DisciplineEconomics, Social Sciences 
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Economics, Marxism, Marxist Theory of Capitalism, Marx, Capitalism, Political Science 
Climate TopicClimate Economics, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of toolVideo (11 mins) 
Grade LevelUndergraduate
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Developed byCGTN
Hosted atYouTube 
Computer SkillsBasic


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