How Can We Ethically Consume Under Capitalism?

Motley’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Molly Kavanagh, examines the dilemma of ethical consumption within the constraints of a capitalist society. ‘It’s okay, there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism anyways” is a mantra that I usually hear in response to a person being told that their indulgence in fast fashion is harmful to the environment. The term “fast fashion” refers to inexpensive, often low-quality pieces of clothing that … Continue reading How Can We Ethically Consume Under Capitalism?

Capitalism is Killing this Planet

Motley’s Current Affairs Staff Writer Brendan O’Grady argues that the current economic system is destroying our planet as the billionaire class booms in tandem with our world’s hunger for capital expansion.  First things first, let us define our terms: Capitalism is the dominant economic philosophy used globally by nation states and is based on the private ownership of the means of production to orientate their … Continue reading Capitalism is Killing this Planet

Capitalism and Climate Action – can we have both?

Is it possible to see successful and sustainable climate action under capitalism? Can individual effort save our planet? Aisling O’Leary explores the fact that perhaps neither is possible, that we need change – big, sometimes inconveniencing, change.   The future that climate change has forced us to visualise is a bleak one, and bleaker again when you remember we can only point the finger of … Continue reading Capitalism and Climate Action – can we have both?