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26/07 H. 9.30

BODIES AND TERRITORIES

Ecotransfeminist imaginarie and struggles.

The discussion devoted to the topic of ecofeminisms aims to analyze and thematize the intersection between the ecological question and feminisms.

In recent years, struggles in defense of the land around the world have always shown a strong protagonism of women, who are more exposed to the blackmail of economic violence and in many cases more connected to the circuits of the informal and grassroots economy where access to resources, now threatened by the climate emergency, is fundamental. Women are the subjects who are specifically affected by the health damage caused by pollution and the individuals on whom fall most of the social reproduction work on which the very reproduction of the system is based.

By critiquing the paradigm that would have women as naturally bound to the Earth and reproduction, we would like to analyze together the relationships between environmental violence and gender violence, aware that the consequences of environmental devastation and climate crisis do not affect all bodies equally.

We will do this together with Angela Balzano -an eco-feminist researcher and precarious lecturer, coordinator of the Science module of the Master's in Gender Studies and Policy at the University of Roma Tre-, Michael Tortorella -Attivistə Raggia Tarantina-, an activist from Mexico and territorial committees.

debate guests

Angela Balzano 

Angela Balzano is a feminist researcher and precarious lecturer: coordinator and lecturer of the Science module of the Master in Gender Studies and Policies at the University of Roma Tre; adjunct lecturer of the course in Diversity Management at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna; tutor in Women and Law for the GEMMA Master's program; scholarship holder for the Department of Political Culture and Society at the University of Turin, for which she follows the H2020 project MINDtheGEPs (Modifying Institutions by Developing Gender Equality Plans). She edited for DeriveApprodi translations of Rosi Braidotti (Il postumano, 2014), Cooper and Waldby (Biolavoro globale. Corpi e nuova manodopera, 2015) and Donna Haraway (Le promesse dei mostri, 2019). With Carlo Flamigni she wrote "Sessualità e riproduzione". For Meltemi's Culture Radicali series in 2021 she published "Per farla finita con la famiglia. Dall'aborto alle parentele postumane". With Elisa Bosisio and Ilaria Santoemma she edited the anthology "Pinguini, conchiglie e cellule staminali verso futuri transpecie" published by DeriveApprodi Editore.

    

Michael Tortorella   

Michael Tortorella was born in Taranto in one of the many families that in their daily lives resist environmental devastation, economic and existential precariousness and survive to the normalization of diseases produced by the multiple sources of pollution in the territory. they began with militancy in Taranto and then leaved to Bologna due to forced migration, for study and work. They participated in the construction of student collectives in Taranto and later together with other comrades,  founded Non Una Di Meno Taranto that anlayzing the production of diseases such as endometriosis rearticulated the environmental issue through a gender perspective. Today they is part of Ecologia-Politica Network and a collective in Taranto that unites activists on and off the ground called Raggia Tarantina, which makes ecology-politics one of the main methods in its analysis and praxis.

 

Regina Cabrera, Mexican activist

Regina Cabrera is an anti-racist and anti-patriarchal woman of color who fights for climate justice with a decolonial perspective, a psychology student who is a member of Fridays For Future MAPA, Fridays for Future Latin America, and the People's Environmental Assembly, was an observer at COP26 at the United Nations, is a speaker on issues of intersectionality and anti-racism within social struggles, digital creator of anti-racist and feminist content for instagram and tiktok, and organizer of 10 global climate strikes.

 

LEA Berta Càceres 

The Self-organized Ecoligst Laboratory BERTA CÁCERES represents a new front of struggle against the violence of heterocispatriarchy and capitalism, it is a liberated, antifascist space, sister of the many self-managed spaces that animate Rome. A place of sociability that wants to promote practices of collective ecological struggle, that wants to build and practice conflict, a place to host formations and moments of sharing, a space to practice sustainable agriculture and promote alternative active mobility, a space to reflect and to act intersecting ecology with transfeminist and anti-capitalist struggles of Rome and the world. 

    

Fomne Contr'l Tav 

Women have been present since the early days of the No Tav Movement and have characterized its style; a great asset that has contributed greatly to making the movement what it is today.

The aggression against the body of the earth is perceived by women in the most visceral and direct form, the oppression of their bodies being a practice they have always suffered.

The earth belongs to nature, nature as well as women holds the power of reproduction, which is indispensable for life. On the control of this reproductive power is based the historical exploitation of women's bodies and the body of the earth trough any means necessary and almost always trough violence. In their own circles without summits, the No Tav fomne feel more comfortable, express themselves, organize counter-information initiatives, and deal with the mass of issues that concern their bodies and their problems; they stand in solidarity and fight.

Nudm Turin

Non una di Meno Torino is a node of the national network Non una di Meno, a feminist and transfeminist reality that has been fighting against male violence against women and gender-based violence since 2016, with a strong transnational connection. A network that produces from below practical tools, transfeminist knowledge and all that is necessary to imagine a new world together in an anti-capitalist, transfeminist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, decolonial, non-enabling perspective, for everybody. Non Una Di Meno fights against all violence against women, dissident and LGBTQIA+ subjectivities that pervade our daily lives, from the most visible to the invisible, and recognizes gender violence and patriarchal domination as structural to the capitalist system.

 
 

26/07 H. 9.30

THE STRUGGLES AND KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE WHO WORK TOWARDS A CHANGE AT ‘GRASS-ROOTS’ LEVEL.

We live in an era in which there is a pressing need to change things: there is a widespread perception that, if things remain as they are, the economic, social, and ecological system cannot function for much longer.

In the space of just a few months, there has been a pandemic, the outbreak of numerous armed conflicts, including the war in Ukraine, and rising commodity prices. Moreover, the relentless advance of the economic crisis has brought an ever-increasing impoverishment and unemployment, as well as dismantling labour and health protection legislation.

 

According to European governments, the solution to the economic and ecological crises appears simple: a "transition" governed from above and managed through support for private initiatives.  Such a transition will, at best, be able to make a modest increase in private profits, but without any consideration for the actual needs of people. It will not be able to create a systemic and real solution to the ecological and climate crisis.

For these reasons, we believe that it is necessary to reverse this process, starting from the struggles, the knowledge and understanding of those who experience daily through their toil, the harmful effects of this system!

This radical transition must start from the grass roots since workers know best how to challenge the economic system. We must regain the power to decide what is right to produce and what is superfluous, to determine how to produce so that the processes are not harmful to the health of those who work and to the surrounding environment. Only from within the workplace can we overcome this work-based blackmail, used as a means of subjugation, to finally come out of this dichotomy between health and work, with an alternative transition plan, created at grass-roots level.

For this reason, it is necessary to meet to challenge the restrictions imposed by capitalist and patriarchal power, highlighting the possible commonalities against the common violence we experience daily in the various workplaces and places of study. So, let's meet on Tuesday, July 26, at Climate Social Camp and try a practical experiment of convergence together. Let's engage in dialogue and discussion to find a language and common aims to cultivate in the coming months.

 

debate guests

Collettivo Di Fabbrica - Lavoratori Gkn Firenze

Factory organisation of the GKN Campi di Bisenzio which occupied the factory after the email notification of the closure of the plant and the dismissal of five hundred workers. Thus began a “summer of love” for workers in Tuscany that included continuous assemblies, marches, sudden and without warning occupations of roundabouts, smoke bombs, leaflets and solidarity dinners. What was meant to be a closed factory opened up and became a laboratory of struggle and hope. In September a 40 thousands people march took to the streets alongside the GKN collective. A few days later the court judges the dismissals as illegitimate. But the struggle does not end there and still goes on.

 

SI COBAS Prato

Universal trade union operating in the metropolitan area of Prato and Florence, in particular in the manufacturing (textile), food and logistics sectors. In recent years it has been able to win many disputes and to implement innovative and disruptive fighting practices. A paradigmatic example is that of the Textprint dispute, which was won after months of occupation in front of the factory gates, an occupation that was able to actively involve, in addition to workers, broad layers of the citizens of Prato.

 

SI COBAS Piacenza

Universal trade union operating in the city of Piacenza and its surroundings.  For years it has been carrying out cutting-edge disputes in the logistics sector - in Piacenza there is one of the most important logistics hubs, central for distribution in Northern Italy. Being an inter-category trade union, it is engaged in various sectors of work. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, which tragically struck the Piacenza area, the Si Cobas Piacenza was one of the most active realities in the fight against health-work blackmail. For example they helped the care workers of retirement homes to organize in a trade union.  All this without sacrificing its social vocation by setting up a distribution network of food and basic necessities for those in need.

 

Associazione per i Diritti dei Lavorator3 Cobas (ADLCobas) Parma

universal trade union that deals  mainly with the logistics and food production sector in the Parma area.

 

Chiara Rivetti di Anaao

first aid doctor and head of the Anaao trade union for Piedmont, a trade union of hospital doctors. Anaao aims to defend the right of doctors to treat in order to guarantee the right of patients to be treated. We support and defend the NHS in its characteristics of universalism and equity.

 

Comitato No Eni Gela

The No Eni committee of Gela was born in June 2013, following one of the many oil spills into the sea by the Eni refinery. It brought together people, activists  and associations who up to that point had been waging battles against the six-legged dog alone. Currently the committee is formally inactive, even if the mobilization continues in alternating phases and (sometimes) at a distance.

 

Comitato No Eni Civitavecchia

In a city tormented by many problems, a large coalition including  ecological associations, trade unions and the local administration has proposed a renewable energy project capable of intervening both in the energy decarbonisation and in the port.

 

Camere del Lavoro Autonomo e Precario di Roma

CLAPs are born from the federation of experiences of struggle and self-organization in different territories of Rome. They start from the need to unite what is divided and blackmailed - contemporary work in the nowadays crisis - focusing on four common aspects / problems: low wages; complete absence of rights (maternity, sickness, holidays, etc.); lack of access to welfare (basic income and social security in the first place); very low, sometimes zero, levels of unionization or collective organization.

 

Virginia Rondinelli del Comitato cittadini e lavoratori liberi e pensanti Taranto

committee born in the end of Juky 2012 to overcome the conflict between health and work, citizens and workers. The committee was created with these objectives: protection of health and the environment, combined with full employment.  The committee brings together Ilva workers, unemployed people, temporary workers, students, professionals, citizens who, for the first time, want to be at the center of every political decision on the future of Taranto. The demand for a participatory and bottom-up politics finds itself in continuity with great struggle movements in the self-financed Labour Day that the Committee has been organizing every year in Taranto since 2013.


Eliana Como

trade unionist, transfeminist, spokesperson for the internal opposition area in CGIL Let's Win Everything Back.

26/07 H. 9.30

REVOLUTIONARY EXPERIENCES AND ALTERNATIVE WORLDS: BETWEEN AUTONOMIES AND INTERNATIONALISM

In a Europe marked by multiple and simultaneous crises, the ability of social movements to make an impact is severely tested. We struggle to find answers, to ask the right questions, to build processes of real transformation, to make ourselves a community which fight against the advancing capitalist ideology. We often feel alone and tired. And yet, resistances and revolutions are flourishing in the world, everywhere there are bodies and experiences that not only oppose neoliberalism and its death policies, but build knowledge, ways of life and organisation that are radically anti-capitalist. Perhaps then what we are missing is to recognise that, by decolonising our gaze, by moving from the centre of the world, we have much to learn and many relationships to weave with those from other geographies who resist and create those other possible worlds. 

How does a collectivity/community structure itself within a revolutionary process? What makes it a radically transformed way of social organisation?

In this debate, people who fight in various geographical areas of the world, having taken part in revolutionary experiences that are more or less dated in time, but certainly still alive, will meet to discuss ways of thinking/conceiving and defending the care of collective interests, making their experiences and their political projects examples of the construction of other forms of life. 

Through this confrontation we will highlight the points of contact, convergences and similarities regarding the revolutions taking place all over the world, questioning which aspects they insist on and how they can represent the main junctions of imaginaries of new collective life. 

How are the social responsibilities of education distributed, according to which pedagogical models and practices? What community actions for food and production sovereignty? What tools to reconstruct effective, bottom-up, collective health systems? How to collectively operate forms of polycentric and 'proximity' justice in line with revolutionary principles? Finally, what practices of self-defence of territories, of all social segments of the community, what role of women and different ethnic groups in these liberated contexts?

In a second phase of the debate, space will be given to reflections on the reasons for internationalism as a necessary practice, a practise that at the same time requires a conceptual rethinking: what theoretical reformulations of the concept of nation will restore the viability of a revolutionary internationalism in contemporary fights? How can forms of internationalist solidarity be decolonised in practice?

In conclusion, we will engage in an open debate on the issues that have emerged previously and are related to them. 

debate guests

Namè: Activist part of Mexico's Asamblea nacional ecologista, for trans rights and justice and self-organization within the climate justice movement

Modern Democracy Academy: is an internation network engaged in  spreading principles and reasons of democratic confederalism, stimulating debates, training and concrete initiatives in order to settle the principles of the confederal democratic paradigma, followed by a necessary critique of contemporary neoliberal ideologies to be opposed through social educational work ( such as discussing  alternative theories), creating supportive networks, mutual learning and finally creating the alternative with the construction of democratic confederalism all over the world.

    

Rete Kurdistan: the italian Solidarity network with the Kurdish population gathers different associations, informal groups, individualities (reporters, lawyers, social workers, trade unionist and activists) who provide information and support cooperation projects with the Kurdistan regions, in particular in Turkey. 

The Italian Solidarity network with the Kurdish people also develops decentralized cooperation projects with local realities and civic society, such as conferences, cultural activities, political initiatives to raise awareness on the violation of human rights and in favour of a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue in cooperation with Kurdish refugees living in Italy. 

    

Eddi Marcucci: she is a militant since 2011, active in different social movements. Between 2017 and 2018 she joined the YPJ, the female combat units founded in 2013 in Rojava, that have been protagonist of the ISIS' military and territorial defeat. 

As she came back to Italy and after a year of hearings, the 17th of March 2020, the court decided to issue a decree of special surveillance on her for two years, because considered "socially dangerous"

Saharawi Delegation: Saharawi people struggle from immemorial time to decolonize West Sahara from Morocco, which has interests in controlling and claim for those territories in order to keep on going with extractivist policies in an area full of resources (such as phosphate and oil). 

Thousands of people are repressed, jailed, killed and detained in huge refugees camps in one of the most arid areas of the World.

    

 

Global Alliance of the Youth: it is a coalition of indigenous and local communities of the Amazon Basin, from Brazil, Indonesia, Central Africa and Mesoamerica. 

They represent forest's people in 24 countries and protect more than 950 millions hectares of tropical forest. 

5 local organization belong to the GATC: Coordination of indigenous organizations of the Amazon basin (COICA), the indigenous people from Brazil network (APIB), the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), the indigenous and local communities networks for the sustainable management of 

forest ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) and the Indigenous people alliance of the archipelago (AMAN)

Lorenzo Faccini (From Ya basta Êdî Bese)  is a university researcher, author of the book "the educational system in the Zapatista resistance". 

"Ya basta Êdî Bese" is an association which carries lots of projects aimed at supporting the resistant communities in various part of the World, creating cooperation alongside the Zapatistas in Lacandon Jungle and the last waurani who fight against the oil multinationals in the Amazon forest; in the endless areas of Patagonia with the Mapuche and in Brazil with the dispossessed and kicked out of their homes to make ways for the football world Cup.

From the refugees camp of Ras jadir to the Social Forum in Tunis, and from the revolting streets of Istanbul to the bloody Palestine occupied by Israeli colonialism. Still, they created alliances in Gaza under siege reaching Kobane, a city under siege by the ISIS to report the tough fight of Kurdish people for their freedom.

Piemonte Zapatista: From July to October 2022 a Zapatista delegation have been all over Europe. 

Piemonte Zapatista is the coordination established with the forces and the participation of various associations, collectives, informal groups and individuals gathered to participate in the organization of the trip to Europe and Italy. 

Afterwards, the Coordination has been active in order to keep on constructing political and organisational relational synergies, among experiences on shared resistance peculiar of Chiapas, Piemonte and any other possible territorial node.

   

Frago: recently retourned from El Salvador, where he has been guested by the communities of F.M.L.N., which after the peace agreements of 1992 stabilized in the territories where they fought, creating solidarity and autonomous communities as much as possible. 

Member of Lisangà association, that have been  supporting one of these communities for more than 20 years - San Francisco echevarria - with cultural and social projects 

 

27/07 H. 14.30

FIGHTING AND CONVERGING: PRAXIS AND
PERSPECTIVES OF TERRITORIAL STRUGGLE MOVEMENTS

The tuesday afternoon will be a plenary moment fully focused on strategies and praxis of social fights involving all realities and movements participating the camp.
We will start from a short presentation of the movemnts' methodology of resistance animating social fights all over Europe, in order to spark the discussion. The second part of the debate will consist in subdividing the attendants in working group, as heterogeneous as possible, in order, on the one hand, to reflect on the praxis and strategies of fight that characterise each territory (without having any expectation of finding universal solutions!). On the other hand we will try to define practies and strategies that can be a driving force of an inclusive convergence between movements (hopefully looking forward a common mobilisation). Prticularly we will try to re-think the productive and reproductive strike as a fightning strategy that can hold together the differences and heterogeinity of movements and fights.
We hope to keep this discussion going after the Camp, therefore we want to start collectively writing a pamphlet where the reflections born out of this plenary can find space, to keep alive confrontation and relaations between movements.


Unfolding


PART I: 14.30-16.00 Introduction and presentation of the movements
Speeches of movement's presentation: 5-7 minutes


Movements:


Global Alliance of the Youth: it is a coalition of indigenous and local communities of the Amazon Basin, from Brazil, Indonesia, Central Africa and Mesoamerica. They represent forest's people in 24 countries and protect more than 950 millions hectares of tropical forest.  5 local organization belong to the GATC: Coordination of indigenous organizations of the Amazon basin (COICA), the indigenous people from Brazil network (APIB), the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), the indigenous and local communities networks for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC) and the Indigenous people alliance of the archipelago (AMAN).


    Collettivo Autonomo Lavoratori Portuali (CALP): collective group of harbour workers that, in 2015, started protests and demonstrations against armaments cargo ships in Genoa. The CALP collective is bounded to the great struggles of Geanoan proletariat and the antifascist history of the city, therefore is not "just" an harbour worker's collective but it actively partcipate the soccial conflict of the territory.


    Ende Gelände: a broad alliance of people from the anti-nuclear and anti-coal movements, the Rhineland and Lausitz climate camps and the Hambacher Forest anti-coal campaign. It's a movement made up from grassroots climate action groups, large environmental organisations, left political groups and many other campaigns, groups and networks. It believes that to stop climate change we need to take action ourselves, using civil disobedience as a powerful signal for real action to put our climate before profit


   Laboratoria Ecologista Berta Caceres: The Self-organized Ecoligst Laboratory BERTA CÁCERES represents a new front of struggle against the violence of heterocispatriarchy and capitalism, it is a liberated, antifascist space, sister of the many self-managed spaces that animate Rome. A place of sociability that wants to promote practices of collective ecological struggle, that wants to build and practice conflict, a place to host formations and moments of sharing, a space to practice sustainable agriculture and promote alternative active mobility, a space to reflect and to act intersecting ecology with transfeminist and anti-capitalist struggles of Rome and the world.
 

 DebtForClimate: We are a grassroots, Global South-driven initiative connecting social & climate justice struggles by uniting labor, social and climate movements from the Global South & North toward a common goal of turning debt-trap diplomacy on its head by canceling the debt of impoverished nations as a way to pay for leaving fossil fuels in the ground and financing a just transition. The implementation of a global Debt-for-Climate initiative has the potential to leave trillions of dollars in fossil fuel reserves in the ground, while freeing countries from a strangling debt burden often used as a tool for further extraction of natural resources.


   Soulevement de la terre: is a political movement born in 2021 born from a broad alliance of many environmental groups, as well as farmers and unions, to fight against hoarding and polluting of land by agribusiness


   HS2 Rebellion & Extinction Rebellion UK: HS2 Rebellion is an alliance of groups and individuals campaigning and taking non-violent direct action against HS2 (High Speed Two railway). HS2 is the most expensive, destructive government owned large scale infrastructure project in British history! HS2 is destroying over 108 ancient woodlands, habitats, protected species, intoxicating drinking water, local communities and much more! It will never be carbon neutral during its entire lifetime. HS2 Rebellion is a sister movement to Extinction Rebellion, so entirely distinct but forms part of the Movement of Movements ecology which share similar demands.
Extinction Rebellion is an international climate movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. They organise in small, autonomous groups distributed around the world. These groups are connected in a complex web that is constantly evolving as we grow and learn. They are working to build a movement that is participatory, decentralised, and inclusive. The structure aims to empower anybody to act as part of XR, so long as they agree to follow ten core principles. XR is focused on system change with 3 core demands targeting core pillars of power but ultimately governments. HS2 Rebellion demands that the UK Government & Media tell the truth on financial, ecological, wildlife and health related costs of HS2. STOP all ecocide, wildlife crime, seizing property & land, assaulting tree protectors and destruction of irreplaceable woodlands and other ecosystems. MAKE ECOCIDE LAW and implement & fund a Citizens Assembly for HS2 to decide how to best repair all ecological and social damage done to date and all future infrastructure projects.


   Marš Sa Drine: is a national campaign against the mining of lithium, borate and related minerals in Serbia. We started as a network of groups against Rio Tinto’s mine in the Jadar Valley with the primary purpose to support the local opposition to the mine, Ne Damo Jadar. We have expanded into a collective of citizens, independent experts, activists, local and national non-governmental organizations from Serbia and beyond, all united to protect the Jadar Valley and the rest of Serbia from the devastating effects of mining on fertile soil.


   Organizzata Politike: is a left-wing political organization based in Albania. It raises political awareness and mobilizes people to create a country free from the widespread corruption that currently pollutes Albanian politics, society and nature.


   Climaximo: it’s an activist group moved by the urgency to fight against global climate change and its severe effects. Being aware of the links between the climate crisis, human rights issues and the inequitable distribution of wealth and power, they struggle for new and sustainable ideas of well-being, for social and climate justice, and they resist against false solutions of “green capitalism”. They believe that commodification will always cause increasing cycles of exploration and destruction. They accept the scientific consensus and think that we need to urgently substitute fossil fuel by ecologically sustainable sources, and all new exploration and extraction projects must be stopped!


    NoTav Movement: Grassroots movement born at the beginning of the ’90, based in Val di Susa (Turin), against the proposed new high speed railway Turin-Lione, which is useless and a ecocide
 

 Collettivo Di Fabbrica - Lavoratori Gkn Firenze: Factory organisation of the GKN Campi di Bisenzio which occupied the factory after the email notification of the closure of the plant and the dismissal of five hundred workers. Thus began a “summer of love” for workers in Tuscany that included continuous assemblies, marches, sudden and without warning occupations of roundabouts, smoke bombs, leaflets and solidarity dinners. What was meant to be a closed factory opened up and became a laboratory of struggle and hope. In September a 40 thousands people march took to the streets alongside the GKN collective. A few days later the court judges the dismissals as illegitimate. But the struggle does not end there and still goes on.


   ZAD di Notre dame de Landes: The movement was born in opposition to the Aeroport du Grand Ouest project which was meant to be built in Notre Dame des Landes, a small French town north of Nantes; this struggle has strengthened in recent years by building a ZAD (zone à defendre), so much so as to stop the airport project. Over time, various forms of autonomous communities have come to life on the territory of the ZAD, with purposes way beyond the opposition to the airport: restoration of abandoned land turned into cultivation, agricultural experimentation, creation of ovens, carpentry, libraries and more.


   The resistance of the Hambach Forest: The forest occupation movement started in 2013 when a group of activists decided to stop deforestation of one of the few remaining old growth forests in Germany. After thirty years of devastating environmental impacts and pollution caused by RWE Power AG Company’s open cast mines, environmental activists started to occupy the forest in order to try and save what was left of it. That’s how the occupation of Hambach Forest begun and how a community was born. Many tree houses were built, resistance groups are born and people from all over Europe joined the fight.


   Non Una Di Meno Turin: Non una di Meno Torino is a node of the national network Non una di Meno, a feminist and transfeminist reality that has been fighting against male violence against women and gender-based violence since 2016, with a strong transnational connection. A network that produces from below practical tools, transfeminist knowledge and all that is necessary to imagine a new world together in an anti-capitalist, transfeminist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, decolonial, non-enabling perspective, for everybody. Non Una Di Meno fights against all violence against women, dissident and LGBTQIA+ subjectivities that pervade our daily lives, from the most visible to the invisible, and recognizes gender violence and patriarchal domination as structural to the capitalist system.


   The No Grandi Navi committee: The No Grandi Navi committee places the battle for the ouster of large ships from the San Marco Basin and the lagoon at the center of its political action and practices. Thanks to ten years of struggles with the contribtion of all citizens but also thanks to international events, a first victory has been achieved: the ships will have to moor outside the lagoon. Pending a definitive project, the intention is to have them arrive in Marghera and Fusina, which is one of the most polluted and dangerous sites in Europe. For this reason, the committee continues its fight, taking advantage of the tools put in place in recent years: blocking of ships through dives or traditional boat, pacific and conflictual demonstration, meetings with committees and realities from all over the world.

 

27/07 H. 9.30

ENERGY

Between extractivism, inequalities and new paradigms.

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What do we mean by the term extraction? How is it that through the accumulation of resources and therefore, capital, it causes the destruction of swathes of land and entire ecological systems, whilst causing a serious socio-economic negative impact? Who carries out this appropriation of resources?  What are the major infrastructures connected to it?  What kinds of resistance has evolved to deal with this?

 

Energy capitalism is structured not only through the fossil fuel industry, but also through renewable energies.  It is, therefore, important to place so-called green capitalism under a critical lens, and to highlight the expropriation, devastation and colonization it brings with it.

Renewable energies are indeed the ecological solution for a real change in energy production, but it should nevertheless be emphasized that this is possible only when they are not the monopoly of a few large companies and therefore, are not produced on the basis of the same principles of extractivism that is based only on the logic of profit.

 

 

The costs of the intensive exploitation of a finite resource such as fossil fuels, and the energy oligarchs who are again ready to take control of the exploitation of renewable energy requires conflicts and war to control resource-rich areas and causes instability of energy prices, which weigh most heavily on the poorest sections of the population.

 

Over the last year, in various parts of Italy and generally throughout Europe, neighborhood committees and networks have sprung up spontaneously, uniting families in conditions of energy poverty, who have decided to meet up and organize themselves to counteract expensive energy bills.

 

The current energy production system is bound to collapse and will inevitably cause the collapse of the planet we live on.

 

A new conception of energy, founded on the principles of well-being and social equality, with respect for the ecological systems we inhabit, is both necessary and urgent to tackle the climate crisis.

 

Reimagining our productive and consumption relationship with energy, considering energy as a common wealth, and outlining the prospects for energy democracy, is a fundamental step to begin a radical ecological transition from below.

Energy communities constitute the most advanced energy-social collective in this perspective, in which energy is self-produced, redistributed and available for everyone.

debate guests

ReCommon: Association fighting against power abuses and the devastation of territories in order to create opportunities to change society, in Italy, Europe and the world. ReCommon campaigns revolve around thematic areas which are often interconnected, like extractivism, climate justice and ecological transition. Dealing with such themes is the driver which directs actions from both ReCommon and its members, as well as the common ground on which connections with communities and movements are built.

 

Alfons Perez: Alfons Pérez is a member of the Observatory on globalization debt (ODG). his work is focused on energy, climate and finance. He is also a member of the Network for energy sovereignty in Catalumnia. 

Fossil Free Politics Caimpaign: The fossil free politics campaign is a European coalition working to create a firewall between the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyists and decision makers. To tackle the climate emergency, and ensure that climate policy is conducted entirely in the public interest, we must cut fossil fuel interests out of politics, similar to existing restrictions on the tobacco industry.

    

Patience Nabukalu: Fridays for Future and Stop Eacop's activist. Patience Nabukalu is a 24 year-old climate activist from Uganda, who is fighting to help protect and restore wetlands in Uganda and across the African continent.

 

Sarahawi people fighting: For a very long time, the Saharawi People has been fighting for the decolonization of Western Shara from Morocco, which is instead interested in controlling those territories in order to execute extractivist policies in an area rich in resources (oil and phosphate). The consequence is that thousands of people are repressed, incarcerated, killed and detained in refugees camps in one of the driest areas of the worlds.

 

Ecologia politica Palermo: Palermitan section of the Political Ecology Network. It deals with struggles, analysis and mobilizations in the field of climate and social justice with an anticapitalist perspective. Its main interest revolves around the energy transition and green capitalism, in relation to the strategic role played by Sicily in the green transition and energy extractivism issues. Its goal is a just transition in opposition to extractivism, energy colonialism and green washing.

 

Ecologia Politica MIlano is a member of the Political Ecology network, a political organization that ties together local fights and politically oriented research, whose aim is to help local populations fight oppression and build alternatives to capitalism. The Milano branch dealt mainly with fights at the city and university level. In regard to the university, after several occupations, it managed to obtain the Ecolab space (a laboratory dedicated to political ecology themes inside the university) and it started the Eniout campaign, whose aim was to oppose the presence of ENI inside the board of the State University. At the city level, it founded the Bresso ecoattiva committee, an assembly of citizens which fights against environmental devastation caused by the Seveso's lamination tanks; the mutual aid brigade “ho Chi Minh”, which operated during the Covid breakout in the Calvairate neighborhood; and the assembly against the increase in the cost of utility bills which deals with the increasing living costs spurred by the current energy

Asociaciòn Ecoloxista ADEGA: ADEGA (association for the ecological defense of Galicia) is the ecological association of Galicia (Northwest of Spain) with more than 46 years of experience in the ecological defense of this country. Recently, it has promoted (together with other Galician entities) social mass mobilizations against the current model of implementation of renewable energies, especially wind energy, in Galicia, where people and territory are living a real wind invasion. This activist movement is called “Wind Energy, In this way, Not!” and is supported by more than 200 social groups from Galicia.

 

Sofia Pacheco: Sofia Alejandra García Pacheco, 29-year-old woman, founding and working partner, professional, engineer and artist of the Cooperative of Workers in Alternative Energies and Social Studies Onergia in Puebla, Mexico. Industrial engineer.

 

Leonardo Setti: is a researcher at the Industrial Chemistry faculty “Toso Montanari” at the University of Bologna. His research is on technologies for the production of energy from renewable sources. He developed new integrated system models to manage energy, solar communities, which are being applied in local energy planning to build micro-generated energy networks.

 

Somenergia: is a spanish cooperative for the production and consumption of renewable energies located in Catalumnia. Its headquarters is in the Technologic and Scientific Park of the Gerona University. It's the first non profit spanish organization and it was founded in 2010

 

E'nostra is the first Italian energy cooperative which produces and distributes ethical, 100% renewable and sustainable energy through a sharing and participating  model. It is a no profit organization.

 

Comitato No Eni Gela: the No Eni Gela committee was born in june 2013 after one of many oil discharges in the sea from the Eni refinery. It brought together citizens, activists and associations that were fighting by themselves against Eni under one banner. As of now, the committee is formally inactive, even though the fighting is still going.

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28/07 H. 9.30

MIGRATIONS AND SOCIO-CLIMATE EMERGENCY

A complex relationship.

The debate stems from the need to bring out the existing links between migration, climate emergency, capitalism, and neo-colonial dynamics.

The capitalist economic system perpetuates systemic destruction and drains the territories of anything that can create profits, and it does so with no attention to any kind of social or ecological consequences.

People are forced to abandon their areas of origin, they are evicted from their lands and poisoned by the ruthless extraction of raw material.

These are the exact same places that – in the name of the infinite growth of the western countries – are becoming less and less livable.

The material that gets extracted, with devastating environmental impacts, ends in the hands of big monopolies, from the petrol industry to the meat one, to the rare land one.

The only thing that remains constant is the lack of positive spillover effects on the local communities, the non-human animals, and the environment in general.

The climate emergency is not the only root cause of the migratory processes, but it definitely is a concause that amplifies certain aspects and demonstrates the intersectionality of migration. 

This process finds its principals among the actors and main supporters of the actual economic system, but also in the current state of the geopolitics of the nation-states.

In our discussion on the connections between the ecocides and migrations, we shan’t forget the Humedales’ fires in Argentina, the Saharawi resistances, the Shell-connected ecocides in Nigeria, the extractivism in Southern Italy, and the situation in Indonesia.

debate guests

Peter Donatus

Peter Emorinken-Donatus is a Nigerian freelance journalist, educator, project and event manager and human rights activist. As Environmental and Climate  Justice activist and long-time critic of Shell, he has been fighting against Ecocide and the destruction of livelihoods by oil ompanies in the Niger Delta in Nigeria and Africa at large for more than three decades. 

After several months in solitary detention, he fled from Nigeria 32 years ago and resides in Germany since then. Peter Emorinken-Donatus is co-founder and Spokesperson of the German Coalition for Ecocide Law. He's also one of the Spokespersons of the African/ Black Community (ABC) Germany.

Matias Guffanti

Journalist and activist, as well as coordinator of the movement Our Voice in Latinoamérica.

Esteban di debtforclimate

Esteban Servat is a scientist and environmental activist and founder of EcoLeaks. Born in Argentina, he had to leave the country after exposing contamination by fracking in Vaca Muerta, helping build a mass resistance movement, and becoming the focus of intense persecution.

Since his arrival in Europe 3 years ago, he has been working to build networks connecting environmental and climate movements between the global South & North, organizing global actions of international solidarity and helping amplify frontline struggles in Europe. He is part of the global movements Shell Must Fall and Debt for Climate.

Ludovica Intelisano

Ludovica Intelisano, activist campaigning for "Si resti arrinesci", organized through a collective recollection on sicilian emigration and the urgence to stay on the Island.

 

Persone in lotta del popolo Saharawi  

Popolo che lotta da tempo immemore per la decolonizzazione del Shara Occidentale dal Marocco, il quale ha interesse a controllare e rivendicare quei territori per proseguire politiche estrattiviste in una zona molto ricca di risorse (fosfati e petrolio). Migliaia di persone sono represse, incarcerate, uccise e detenute in grandi campi profughi in una delle zone più aride del mondo.

Luca Daminelli

Progetto20k's Activist and PhD candidate in Migrations and intercultural processes.

Muhammad Romadhon

member of Friday's for future's MAPA delgation from Indonesia.

Patience Nabukalu

Patience Nabukalu is a 24 year-old climate activist from Uganda, who is fighting to help protect and restore wetlands in Uganda and across the African continent.

27/07 H. 9.30

HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN ALLIANCES FOR ANTI-SPECIESIST ECOLOGIST PERSPECTIVE

Why are anti-speciesist struggle and climate justice struggle connected?  How to build interspecies alliances to address the ecological issue? 

With antispeciesist activists and independent researchers Marco Reggio and feminoska, Alma Libre and Ippoasi shelters, and the Transelvatikə collective, we will try to explore the answers to these questions starting with a reflection on zoos and the resistance of individuals locked up in them.

 

Zoos portray themselves as examples of conservation, friends of animals and nature. In a world where temperatures are increasing more and more, zoos offer an easy solution to mass extinction: paying for a ticket. Opposing this narrative is important, as well knowing that we are not the only ones to do so. Since the inception of these structures,  many nonhumans have been opposing captivity with their bodies, escaping, resisting, rebelling. 

So we will talk about the importance and ways in which to weave alliances/complicity among rebels, the intertwining of human and nonhuman struggles, trying to give an antispeciesist perspective on the climate struggle.

 

debate guests

Marco Reggio

Marco Reggio is an animal liberation activist and author of "Cospirazione Animale" and "Tra azione diretta e intersezionalità" (meltemi 2022). He has also edited R. Simonsen's "Manifesto Queer vegan" (with M. Filippi, 2014), "Corpi che non contano" (with M. Filippi, 2015), "Animali in rivolta" (with feminoska, 2017) by S. Colling, "Smontare la gabbia" (with N. Bertuzzi, 2019) and "Bestie da soma"  (with feminoska, 2021) by S. Taylor.

 

Feminoska

feminoska is an anti-speciesist transfeminist activist. She has published articles on a variety of militant blogs, focusing in recent years on political translation.  She founded the militant translation collective Les Bitches and translated, among others, Afroismo by Aph and Syl Ko, "Insegnare a trasegredire" by bell hooks and "Bestie da soma" by Sunaura Taylor.

    

Almalibre Refuge

The Alma Libre Association was founded in March 2018 with the intention of popularizing Antispecism, a movement that rejects the idea of the superiority of the human species over other animal species and arguing that belonging to one species does not justify the practice of disposing of the life and freedom of a being of another species. In our shelter we take in animals rescued from various situations and types of exploitation such as vivisection, slaughter, mistreatment both physical and psychological, and abandonment.

Through this place, residents are set free to rediscover their individuality, establish bonds and live peacefully.

    

Ippoasi Shelter

IPPOASI is a voluntary association, a refuge for animals of all species, a social space, a laboratory of coexistence, resistance and mutual solidarity within the San Rossore Park, near Pisa, and is run by an enthusiastic and passionate group of volunteers from all over Italy and the rest of the world. All the animals that inhabit the Sanctuary are true refugees, who have endured tremendous suffering and escaped from conditions of hardship and certain death. On its nearly 4-hectare land, Ippoasi finally provides them with a safe haven where they can live freely.

 

Transelvatik@

Transelvatikə is an anti-speciesist transfeminist collective in Turin that deals with animal liberation issues with an intersectional and anti-capitalist perspective.

28/07 H. 9.30

AGAINST AGRIBUSINESS, SMASHING ITS MECHANISMS TO BUILD A POLITICAL AGROECOLOGY

This debate is an opportunity to reflect on agribusiness and its multiple crises, ramifications and false myths. It will be a fruitful occasion to imagine together future agroecological alternatives in Italy and in the world, starting from the experience of peasants, activists and  resistant farming communities.

 

Industrial agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental devastation. Deforestation, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and groundwater pollution are just some of the consequences of the extractive and energy-intensive agribusiness model whose sole objective is to boost production and profits without considering the social and environmental consequences. The highest cost of social and environmental devastation has been paid by the local communities dispossessed of their land to plant large monocultures, by the increasingly arid and desertified lands, by the ecosystems degraded as a consequence of intensive agriculture, by the workforce exploited in the countrysides and all along the large-scale organized supply chain. 

 

The first part of the debate will provide an overview of agribusiness trends in Europe and Italy, addressing the large monopolies on seeds, treatments and production, the social and environmental impacts and much more. The debate will also address the effects of recent digitisation and the policies that promote this process, with a focus on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union. To the agricultural model promoted by current policies, we will oppose the agroecological model for food sovereignty, reflecting on the experiences of movements such as Via Campesina. 

In the second part of the discussion, the focus will shift to the new forms of peasant resistance and autonomy that have emerged in recent years. This moment of sharing reflections and experiences will allow us to rethink and discuss the resistant practices of agroecology, formal and informal peasant knowledge, land re-appropriation and the creation of peasant communities in struggle.

In this context, agroecology emerges as a revolutionary political act to undermine the power relations that exist in contemporary supply chains and societies, in favour of territorial food sovereignty without exploitation, respecting natural cycles, soil and biodiversity, for a redistribution of land and a rediscovery of peasant informal knowledge and informal knowledge.

A debate will follow with the contribution of Simone Tosi and Diletta Belotti

debate guests

Maura Benegiamo: Researcher at University of Pisa, she has developed her research among Europe, Sub-Saharian Africa and central America, areas where she focused on climate struggles, extractivism and agriculture development politics. She’s also wrote ‘La terra inside the capital. Conflicts, climate crisis and development of Senegal’s river delta’, (2021) where the Research faces the transformations of capitalism in the context of the ecological crisis, decolonial political ecologies and the critique of development.


 

Maria Panariello (Terra!): Journalist and campaigner on gangmastering for Terra!, an Italian association dedicated to projects and campaigns on agroecology and food supply chains. She curated E(U)xloitation, an investigation on gangmastering in Europe, conducted within the Greek and Spanish supply chains.


 

Alessandra Turco (Associazione rurale Italiana (ARI): member of the farmer organization ARI composed by farmers and citizens who are dedicated to the defense and care of traditional and ecological agricolture as a an alternative path to food sovereignty. ARI is part of the European Board Via Campesina, regional-node of Via Campesina world-net. 
Via Campesina born as an international movement in 1993, gathering peasant, little and mid farmers, people without land, natives, migrants and agricolture workers of all the world struggling for their right for food sovereignty. 


 

Political Ecology Parma: node of the Political Ecology network, it’s an university students collective that study and build relations between productive struggles (reproductive struggles, environmental and working struggles). They have just concluded a co-writed inquest on ham production Industry of the Parma Area, stressing the relations between environmental devastation and the meat manufactures production responsible water pollution. The collective works in order strength and help the union struggles but also to claim better and healthy work and environmental conditions for all. 


Les Soulèvements de la Terre: French Movement born in 2021 thanks to the 
convergence of groups of ecological activists, farmers and union officials, brought together to fight against the occupation and intoxication of land by the agribusiness.

Mondeggi: Community created in order to populate and defend the Mondeggi Farm, a public estate of the Bagno di Ripoli municipality near Florence. As a group of citizens dedicated to their land, It recognizes itself in the concept of "land as a common good" and fights for food self-determination through agroecology and free sharing of knowledge. Mondeggi tries to survive as a space where realize and agro-ecologist knowledges and techincs sharing able to resist and live in autonomy. 

28/07 H. 9.30

WATER, CLIMATE CRISIS AND DROUGHT: THE RIGHT TO ACCESS PUBLIC AND SAFE WATER

Water, climate crisis, and drought: the right to access public and safe water

 

The lack of rainfall last winter has raised the drought alarm across southern Europe.

 

In Piedmont, as well as in other regions, numerous municipalities have issued water rationing ordinances. The government has decreed a state of emergency for 5 regions in Italy and will soon approve a decree appointing a commissioner in charge of coordinating the most urgent interventions to respond to the emergency throughout Italy, in the hope that they are not just patches but more structuralinterventions. The news chases each other confused, as well as for the Covid19 pandemic and the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, and fuel the emergency approach.

 

Drought is just but one of the effects of the climate crisis.

 

We will try to investigate its causes and the repercussions it will have on the right of access to water with Roberto, an engeneering and expert in climate change.

 

Our aim is to reflect on this resource called "BLUE gold" beyond this moment of emergency.

 

Where does the water that reaches our homes come from and who decides its price?

How is the water used to irrigate the fields, to feed the industries managed?

What are multiservice companies and what does the water market listing entail?

 

In 2011, 27 million people voted for this resource to remain public, yet this year too, 11 years after that referendum, the opposition had to manage the confrontation with yet another attempt to privatize water: the DDL Concorrenza (Competition decree).

 

We will then discuss the risks of private management of water resources with Greenpeace Italy and the Turin Public Water Committee, which is part of the Italian Forum of Water Movements. We will then talk about a concrete example of water publicly managed in Naples with ABC Napoli, the 100% public water company.

 

At the same time, multinationals and industries threaten access to clean water for entire populations and ecosystems, expropriating and polluting it for their profits, with the complicity of institutions.

 

The interventions of the Controcorrente Association (Campania), Mamme NO PFAS association (Veneto), and of the Stop Solvay Committee (Piedmont), will highlight the struggles against water contamination in various Italian territories.

 

What we see is that the administrations once again act in the moment of the emergency, without elaborating and implementing structural measures for the protection and management of the water resource.

 

Yet, there are several production sectors characterized by huge waste of water, starting from agro-industry and large works such as the Turin-Lyon high-speed train (TAV).

 

The local situation is linked to the global one: in every geography, from South America to Africa and the Middle East, the struggle for water is a struggle for life. These are the topics of debate and study on Thursday 28 July morning, with the participation of:

debate guests

Roberto Mezzalama

Roberto holds a degree in natural sciences and a master's in environmental engineering. After ten years in the public sector, he covers a leading role in a multinational environmental engineering company since twenty years. He collaborates with Harvard University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polytechnic of Turin. His professional activity consists in the direction of environmental studies for large infrastructure projects which has led him to work in over twenty countries in Europe, North America, Africa and Central Asia. He thus came into contact with numerous effects of climate change, from the melting of permafrost in Canada to the desertification of the African savannas. For Einaudi he published The climate that changes Italy. Journey to a country devastated by the climate emergency (2021).

 

 

Simona Savini, Greenpeace Italy

Greenpeace is an independent global organization that for 50 years has been campaigning and acting to change opinions and behaviors, to protect and preserve the environment and to promote a peaceful future. Founded in 1971 in Canada, it has been active in Italy since 1986 and has offices in more than 55 countries and 3 million supporters around the world, as well as activists, cyberactivists, researchers and allies. In Italy and around the world, Greenpeace fights for forests and oceans, sustainable agriculture, clean energy, against climate change and pollution.

 

Mariangela Rosolen, Comitato Bene Comune Torino

The Turin Common Good Water Committee (Turin public water committee until 2017) is made up of citizens and associations committed to the affirmation of the Common Good Water, essential for life and non-commodifiable. They belong to the Italian Forum of Water Movements to which over 80 national networks and more than 1,000 territorial realities and hundreds of local bodies adhere.

They have chosen to fight to defend a primary good as a paradigm of all common goods, within a context in which movements and social struggles claim an alternative to the neoliberal system based on the exploitation of nature and our lives.

 

Associazione Controcorrente, Antonio Spallone e Vincenzo Verde

"Countercurrent - For the Sarno to come" is an association made up of young activists who since 2018 have been fighting for the clean-up of the Sarno river, the most polluted perennial watercourse in Europe. Over 50 years of inaction and indifference to the problem have caused an exponential increase in diseases of various types (from different types of cancers to neurological disorders). It is to combat this drift that the commitment of Controcorrente was born, which in the last 4 years has opened Pandora's box by moving the issues on the Sarno river to the center of the political debate at municipal and regional level, thanks to the sensitization carried out on the field through targeted initiatives in numerous municipalities.

 

Michela Piccoli, NO PFAS

It is a spontaneous movement of free citizens born in 2017 when they discovered that in the blood of their children there were high pfas values, the highest in the world. Pfas are the perfect pollutant: odorless, tasteless, colorless. They are persistent bioaccumulative, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, interfere with hormones, metabolism and immune defenses. Children are the category most at risk. They felt angry but didn't feel helpless. They organized and went to knock on all doors, from the municipality to Aulss, Arpav province, Region, Ministry of health and the environment in Rome, aqueduct managers, reclamation consortia, trade associations, confindustria, federchimica, up to Brussels and Strasbourg, have organizd sit-in in front of the prosecutor's office, and many demonstrations. They understood that those who had to protect their children were unable to do so! They understood that they could not delegate the protection of their children and future generations to others. They got pissed off and they still are!

Viola Cereda, Comitato Stop Solvay 

Since 2019, the Stop Solvey Committee has been fighting for the closure of the Solvey chemical hub, which has been polluting groundwater, air and food for over a century in the Spinetta Marengo area and the province of Alessandria, Piedmont. Over the years, the committee has organized numerous principals, events, and thematic meetings for the closure of the center, the reclamation of the area, and the medical screening of the population …

ABC Napoli

Acqua Bene Comune - Water public good - was born in 2013 and it's the water management company in Naples and is completely public.