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Environmental activism and global politics

 

1) Local action in regard of global climate justice

Blocking railways, streets or coal mines; occupying houses or forests. All of these actions are answers to local injustices like land grabbing, deforestation and expulsion. Similar local fights happen in various places all around the globe. They are visible manifestations of a shared common struggle with the global economic system which builds on structural discrimination and exploitation. Also environmental struggles should be put in relation with global social justice.
What is climate justice and why do we speak of climate justice instead of climate protection? How can we articulate the role and place of our action in this context? How can the global perspective influence our approach to action? What can we learn from each other and how can we support each others struggles in solidarity?
In this workshop we will approach these questions collectively. The goal is to build a common level of communication about climate justice action for the following workshops of this cycle to build up on.

With Lila and Jana, climate justice activists from Pödelwitz, village in eastern Germany endangered by coal mining

 

2) Nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience training

We want a world where everyone (and the next generations) will be able to live with dignity within a preserved environment. We want to generate and support a creative rebellion mindset that will help bringing the necessary changes to the economic, political, and social landscape: no climate solutions without social justice! More and more citizens want to have a real impact and look for direct actions to claim system change. This action mode is legitimate, pertinent and necessary.

The second part of this nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience training will help the participants to imagine their own civil disobedience action to shed light on causes they feel concerned about.

With Act For Climate Justice, a collective of Belgian citizens that calls to direct actions and civil disobedience for social and climate justice. and organizes also trainings to make this popular mode of action accessible to the greatest number of people.

3) Tools and strategies against biocide in ‘Terra dei Fuochi’ (Land of the Fires)

‘A Sud’ is an organization dealing with international cooperation with a focus on environmental conflicts. They organize trainings, they provide documentation and mapping, they create information campaigns, they build tools and paths to contrast environmental exploitation or to support those who do it.
Their seat in Campania has been founded to scientifically support the local environmental groups such as the network called ‘Stop Biocidio’, who fights against ‘eco-mafias’ and corruption and resists against environmental devastation, toxic fires, landfill of hazardous waste and the imposition of useless and damaging facilities. During the workshop we’ll talk about the context and the virtuous paths built over the years.

With Vincenzo Forino and Nicola Di Mauro from A Sud Campania and Stop Biocidio, and Felice Petillo, lawyer and expert on environmental crimes.

4) The NO Grandi Navi movement in the Venetian Lagoon

We are going to present and discuss the history of the No Grandi Navi movement, analyzing its practices of protest and how activism has played a role in the development of the movement.
It will be also presented the Venice Climate Camp, that will take place at the Lido of Venice, during the International Film Festival, from the 4th to the 8th of september.


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5) Jinwar: ecology and self-administration in the Kurdish women’s  village

In the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, there’s a rural village built by women for women. In an area that has been liberated from ISIS and Syrian regime, women have founded an ecovillage that is free from the oppressive chains of patriarchal and capitalist power and based on the principles of a social and ecological revolution. Women coming from different cultures and parts of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) work together putting in practice a peaceful cohabitation and adopting self-organized practices that are a model to people all around the world.
To reconsider the role of those areas we often consider as peripheral we are going to look closely to Jinwar example, where the small hamlet becomes the real center of a radical paradigm and action change.

With Fabiana Cioni, PhD student at the IUAV University of Venice. Activist on social and environmental issues, with Kurdish movement since 1999.

6) The grass-roots struggle against the cement multinational Lafarge in Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona)

The cement factory has been extracting resources from the main hill of Montcada, a town in the suburbs of Barcelona, for the last 100 years. This activity has shaped the social and environmental relations of the population. Furthermore, in the last two decades, with the real estate crisis in Spain, the cement production decreased and the company shifted its activity into the CO2 market, incinerating waste from all Barcelona’s metropolitan area while receiving funds from the regional Catalan government. What is being incinerated is opaque and the hazardous smoke impacts people’s health in the working-class neighborhoods of northern Barcelona’s periphery. There’s is a strong opposition to incineration in the most affected neighborhoods, and the movement has performed a lot of actions against the multinational. The talk will focus on three parts: 1) the history of extractivism and resistances in the XXth century in Montcada, 2) the current struggle against incineration and Lafarge strategies to silence critiques, and 3) shaping the future: new strategies for the struggle.

With Joel Segarra, environmental activist and researcher in agroecology at the University of Barcelona (UB)