PROGRAM OF THE MEETING

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The FFF European Meeting runs in parallel with the Climate Social Camp and will be held at the University of Turin. FFF delegates from every European country will be able to attend, together with a delegation of activists from MAPA countries!

Here is the programme for the week of activities and discussions at the European meeting! Click on the topics below to see details of the activities that interest you!

Climate Conferences

Tuesday, 26/7 and Friday, 29/7

Conferences open to citizens and anyone interested in the topic of the climate crisis, to analyse it from different facets. Hosted by the University of Turin, at the 'L. Einaudi' University Campus.

Martedì 26/7 e Venerdì 29/7

Conferenze aperte ai cittadini e a chiunque sia interessato al tema della crisi climatica, per analizzare tale emergenza sotto le sue diverse sfaccettature. Le conferenze saranno ospitate al Campus 'L. Einaudi' dell'Università di Torino.

 
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26/07 H. 17.30

8 ANNI PER FERMARE LA CRISI CLIMATICA

Presso l'aula magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi

[IT] Da 3 anni il movimento Fridays For Future unisce ragazzi e ragazze in tutto il mondo che hanno a cuore il futuro del nostro Pianeta. In questi anni, in cui però abbiamo vissuto anche una pandemia globale e una nuova guerra in Europa, è cambiata la sensibilità sul tema della crisi climatica? Qual è il ruolo della scienza, dell'università, del mondo associativo, del sindacato nell'affrontare la crisi climatica? Cosa devono fare queste realtà per evitare che il collasso climatico metta a repentaglio la sopravvivenza stessa della nostra specie?

[EN] For three years now, the Fridays For Future movement has united students around the world who care about the future of our Planet. In these years, in which we have also experienced a global  pandemic and a new war in Europe, has sensitivity to the climate crisis changed? What is the role of science, universities, associations, and trade unions in tackling the climate crisis? What must these realities do to prevent climate collapse from endangering the very survival of our species?

Ne discutiamo con / We discuss this with:

 

Panel scienza e università

  • Antonello Provenzale, Direttore dell'Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse del CNR

  • Elisa Palazzi, Docente di Fisica del Clima all’Università di Torino

  • Stefano Geuna, Rettore dell’Università di Torino

  • Guido Saracco, Rettore del Politecnico di Torino

  • Patrizia Lombardi, Presidente del Comitato di Coordinamento RUS

 

Panel associazionismo e mondo del lavoro: il modello di sviluppo

  • Carlo Petrini, Fondatore di Slow Food

  • Luciana Castellina, Presidentessa onoraria di ARCI, Fondatrice de Il Manifesto

  • Michele De Palma, Segretario FIOM

 

Panel associazionismo e mondo del lavoro: pratiche locali di iniziativa e costruzione di reti territoriali per affrontare la crisi climatica

  • Dario Salvetti, Rappresentante Sindacale Unitario GKN

  • Walter Massa, Presidenza nazionale ARCI

  • Federica Pecoraro, Casacomune Gruppo Abele

  • Alessandra Turco, Coordinatrice del gruppo agrobiodiversità ARI

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29/07 H. 14.30

“LA GRANDE CECITÀ”: COME RACCONTARE I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI NEI MEDIA

Presso l'aula magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi

[IT] Chi comunica il cambiamento climatico trova davanti a sé diversi ostacoli, che non riguardano solo la caratteristica complessità di un argomento scientifico. Ci sono barriere da superare, innalzate dalla natura intrinseca del problema. Distanze psicologiche, temporali e fisiche da colmare. In che modo possono i media e le principali testate giornalistiche comunicare l’urgenza del nostro tempo.

[EN] Those who communicate climate change face several obstacles, which are not only related to the characteristic complexity of a scientific topic. There are barriers to overcome, raised by the intrinsic nature of the problem. Psychological, temporal and physical distances to be bridged. How can the media and mainstream news outlets communicate the urgency of our time.

Ne discutiamo con / We discuss this with:

  • Agnese Pini, direttrice de La Nazione

  • Maurizio Molinari, direttore di La Repubblica

  • Riccardo Luna, direttore di Green&Blue

  • Elena Ciccarello, direttrice di La Via Libera

  • Salvatore Cannavò, vice direttore de Il Fatto Quotidiano

  • Giulio Gambino, direttore TPI

 

Modera: Ferdinando Cotugno, giornalista

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29/07 H. 17.30

LA CRISI CLIMATICA È UNA CRISI SANITARIA

Presso l'aula magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi

[IT] Pochi mesi fa la prestigiosa rivista Lancet ha pubblicato un rapporto intitolato “Codice rosso per un futuro sano”: secondo lo studio, l’impatto del cambiamento climatico in tutto il mondo sta diventando il fattore che più di ogni altro definisce la qualità della salute. Gli impatti della crisi climatica sulla salute umana saranno sempre più pericolosi, causando l’aumento dei decessi per le ondate di calore, una maggiore incidenza di alcune patologie invalidanti o letali, e – non ultimo – la diffusione di epidemie. Quali sono, nello specifico, i rischi che correranno nei prossimi anni i paesi come l’Italia? Che effetto hanno le azioni di contrasto alle emissioni sulla salute delle persone?

[EN] A few months ago, the prestigious journal Lancet published a report entitled 'Code Red for a Healthy Future': according to the study, the impact of climate change worldwide is becoming the most defining factor in health quality. The impacts of the climate crisis on human health will be increasingly dangerous, causing an increase in deaths from heat waves, a higher incidence of certain disabling or fatal diseases, and - last but not least - the spread of epidemics. What, specifically, are the risks that countries like Italy will face in the coming years? What effect do actions against emissions have on people's health?

Ne discutiamo con / We discuss this with::

  • Paolo Vineis, ordinario di Epidemiologia Ambientale presso l'Imperial College di Londra

  • Anna Ravetti, Medico e coordinatrice della commissione ambiente dell’Ordine dei Medici di Torino

  • Guido Giustetto, Presidente dell'Ordine dei medici chirurghi e odontoiatri di Torino

  • Claudio Gianotti, Medico – ISDE Giovani

Workshops

Tuesday, July 26th from 14.30 to 17.00

The workshops will focus on specific topics and campaigns related to climate action and can be proposed by everyone! They will be held in the Luigi Einaudi Campus classrooms from 14.30 to 17.00 on Tuesday 26 July. Participation is open to all!

 

Greenpeace Roots (Room E1)

Have you ever felt anxious, exhausted, upset, pressured, or sad in your circles of activism? Saving the planet is an empowering, exciting, and super motivating mission, but it can also burn us out, and sometimes it feels like it’s all too big. In this workshop, we’ll work on how activism moves us, as well as the ways in which it can burn us out and cause damage. Collectively, we’ll build care and resilience strategies to ensure we’re looking after ourselves and our community, and that our activism is happy, joyful, and of course fun!

Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (Room E3)

Workshop organized by two activists from the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, a coalition of indigenous and local communities from the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Indonesia, Mesoamerica and the Congo Basin. Together we represent forest peoples in 24 countries, protecting more than 958 million hectares of tropical forests.

#StopEACOP Campaign (Room D5)

Stretching for nearly 1,445 kilometers, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) would have disastrous consequences for local communities, for wildlife and for the entire planet – we have to stop it. 

The project threatens to displace thousands of families and farmers from their land. It poses significant risks to water resources and wetlands in both Uganda and Tanzania – including the Lake Victoria basin, which over 40 million people rely upon for drinking water and food production. The pipeline would rip through numerous sensitive biodiversity hotspots, and risk significantly degrading several nature reserves crucial to the preservation of threatened elephant, lion and chimpanzee species.

Eco anxiety: climate change between activism and fear (Room D4)

It is possible to feel a sense of true dismay, aware of the disastrous effects that even the simplest everyday actions are having on the future of the planet and generations to come. This workshop will discuss strategies that could be used to reduce the effects of eco-anxiety on the lives and health of people, both those directly exposed to drastic environmental changes and those suffering from media exposure to them.

Occupy: End Fossil Now! (Room E5)

Between September and December 2022, the youth movement for climate justice will occupy hundreds of schools and universities around the world. We will not relent until we have reached the end of the fossil fuel era. The youth movement has shown its strength in recent years, but emissions continue to rise as the time to act shrinks. The climate justice movement has the power to change the world and the youth movement has the power to end fossil fuels now. The fossil fuel industry is one of the most important pillars of the system. If we dismantle it, we can pave the way to stop climate change and ensure a just transition for all peoples.

SOS Mediterranee and Mediterranea (Room D3)

Climate refugees and the Central Mediterranean: How are the people who are, mostly because of the climate crisis, already fleeing across the Mediterranean being received and rescued? This will be discussed with SOS Mediterranee, a Franco-German-Swiss non-profit humanitarian non-governmental organisation whose aim is to conduct search and rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean Sea region, and Mediterranea, a platform of civil society realities founded to monitor the situation in the Mediterranean and to rescue people in distress there.

The resilience of the forest (Room E2)

Workshop with Giorgio Vacchiano (Researcher at University of Milan), ZeroCo2 and VAIA - NGOs on the true potenial of forests in tackling the climate crisis. We discuss this starting with Giorgio Vacchiano's book 'The Resilience of the Forest', an essay that talks about plants, woods, forests, but above all about us, about how we will be able to imagine our future in relation to the environment that surrounds us.

Survival International (Room F4)

Survival International is a movement of people from over 100 different countries. Our vision is a world in which indigenous peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. We exist to prevent the extermination of indigenous peoples and offer them a stage from which to address the world to denounce the genocidal violence, slavery and racism they suffer every day. By putting pressure on those in power, we help defend the lives, lands and future of peoples who should have the same rights as other contemporary societies.

New European Taxonomy and the financial greenwashing (Room D2)

Workshop with BancaEtica and Legambiente on the consequences of the new taxonomy on the financial world and the role of these institutions in the ecological transition. The European Commission and the European Parliament included fossil gas in the taxonomy in June. This inclusion has been strongly criticised by scientists and experts, and will have a very negative impact on the path to decarbonisation. Despite this, for several months many European environmental organizations have been fighting to oppose this choice.

 

Discussion groups

INTERNAL DISCUSSIONS (July 26th and 27th)

These discussions, which will take place over the first two days of the meeting, focus more on issues and problems internal to the organisation and functioning of the Fridays For Future movement. The four topics were selected on the basis of the suggestions we received via the form, via the messages and via the calls.

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26/07 H. 9.00

27/07 H. 9.00

DECOLONISATION PRACTICES WITHIN FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE

In recent times, it has become increasingly evident that we need to reason about decolonisation practices especially within European FFF groups, so that marginalised communities in LAPA countries are really involved and can lead the movement. At the same time, more generally, we need to reason about how to make the struggles fought by climate activists in the most affected countries central to our narrative, combating marginalisation, tokenization and racism.

 

Opening questions:

  • How can we support MAPA organizers in our regions without speaking over them or centering yourself?

  • BIPOC+ and MAPA voices need to be heard: how can we put their struggles at the centre of our narrative and media attention?

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26/07 H. 9.00

27/07 H. 9.00

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT CHAPTERS OF THE MOVEMENT

Given that the extractivist system that is at the root of the climate crisis is a system that acts on a global scale, how can we foster closer cooperation between the different chapters of the movement in order to succeed in undermining its foundations by acting on an international scale? How can we manage to be effective in this action on a global scale, without implementing a rigid structure that can hardly adapt to a fluid movement like FFF?

Opening questions:

  • How can we improve international cooperation between different chapters of the movement?

  • In Europe, how can we increase the involvement of eastern regions and eliminate the gap in visibility and media presence between eastern and western Europe?

  • How can we better coordinate and foster transparency, including financial transparency, while maintaining a horizontal organization?

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26/07 H. 9.00

27/07 H. 9.00

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MEDIA

The relationship with the media is important to get the message about the climate crisis across and amplified, but often this pursuit of media attention can distort the movement, pushing it to become something different and more mainstream out of a desire to meet the demands or expectations of the mainstream media. How can we occupy media spaces without losing the necessary radicality and urgency of change, and avoid adapting to their patterns?

 

Opening questions:

  • The prioritization of being mainstream and palatable to media has warped the movement in Europe. How can we change this attitude to to preserve the nature of FFF?

EXTERNAL DISCUSSIONS (July 27th and 28th)

These discussions are related to more general aspects, concerning the narrative and vision for the future of the movement. Being a european meeting it is obviously important that these discussions keep this framework. The four topics were selected on the basis of the suggestions we received via the form, via the messages and via the calls.

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26/07 H. 9.00

27/07 H. 9.00

HORIZONTALITY AND TRANSPARENCY

Since 2019, FFF has tried to maintain a horizontal structure, at least in theory, but over time this has evolved in sometimes opposite ways, creating internal hierarchies that are not widely shared. By also analysing the experiences of other movements, how can we manage a horizontal and transparent structure that is a tool for us to decentralise and scale, form leaderful groups and mitigate for power? It is important that we deal with these issues in a constructive manner in the knowledge that we are all on the same side and that we are all trying to find the best solutions to the current problems.

Opening questions:

  • How do we share the responsibilities and how do we hold people accountable for it?

  • How to prevent people from having insane positions of power within FFF national and international, as sometimes it is the case right now?

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27/07 H. 14.30

28/07 H. 9.00

DECOLONISATION, ANTICAPITALISM
AND CLIMATE JUSTICE

There is a large body of literature analyzing how modern incarnations of colonialism and capitalism (neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism) have generated and fuelled the climate crisis by continuing to devastate the peoples of the global South, and how the people most affected by the crisis have risen up to challenge these systems. How does the struggle against these systems of oppression relate to the principle of climate justice?

Opening questions:

  • How do abolition, decolonisation, anti-capitalism relate to climate justice?

  • True climate justice towards an equitable, sustainable future for all requires the recognition and abolition of (neo)colonial capitalism. This system is at the root of the climate crisis, and therefore we need to reckon with our (neo)colonial histories and shift away from the underlying ideas. How do we work in this direction?

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27/07 H. 14.30

28/07 H. 9.00

PALESTINE IS A CLIMATE JUSTICE ISSUE

The fight for climate justice for all is directly connected to the Palestinian struggle. As Palestinian climate activist Abeer Butmeh explains, “I witness daily that for Palestinians, climate change is not just a natural phenomenon, but a political one. Israel‘s regime of occupation and apartheid, which denies us the right to manage our land and resources, exacerbates the climate crisis Palestinians face, making us more vulnerable to climate-related events”. That is why it is important to discuss together how we can link our battle against the climate crisis to support for the Palestinian people.

Opening questions:

  • What are the reasons why justice for the Palestinian people is itself a form of climate justice?

  • Having examined the experiences of Palestinians with colonisation and climate destruction and seeing, how does this experience relate to those of other oppressed and marginalised peoples around the world?

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27/07 H. 14.30

28/07 H. 9.00

MEANS OF ACTION

One of the most difficult questions to answer: what action strategies can we adopt to stop the climate crisis within the critical 1.5 degree threshold? Given the importance of the Global Climate Strikes, what other actions and tactics can help us achieve our goal? What other experiences of struggle can provide us with insights into how we can be more incisive and succeed in changing a fate that seems doomed?

Opening questions:

  • Are the Friday strikes a relevant and effective means of action?

  • Shouldn't we diversify with things like direct action?

  • How can we collaborate with other movements that use a variety of tactics?

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27/07 H. 14.30

28/07 H. 9.00

COLLECTIVE STRATEGIES IN VIEW OF SEPTEMBER GLOBAL STRIKE

Sometimes we fail to see clearly what is the collective strategy that - without prejudice to the important peculiarities of each territory and each local group - guides us along the road we have travelled and that we have ahead of us. What do we expect, collectively or personally, from the coming months and years of common struggle within the FFF community?

Opening questions:

  • Also in FFF the climate crisis has been tackled mostly on a national level, despite the fact that the fossil fuels based extraction system acts multinationally and cannot be attacked separately within state borders. What strategies can we adopt to change this perspective?

  • The Glasgow Agreement could be a basis for such a strategy. Locally, we are struggling to come up with a satisfying plan on how to continue as a movement;  Could a common perspective or goal help us effectively tackle the climate crisis?