*Jason Hickel*, author of The Divide: a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions
*Ann Pettifor*, prizewinning economist and author of The Production of Money
We’re rapidly racing towards the precipice. Billions of people are directly threatened by climate breakdown. But the reality is that this is completely avoidable.
The problems that hurtle us towards collapse are systemic. While the benefits of fossil fuels and growth accrue to the few, everyone else shoulders the costs. Our economy puts corporate profit ahead of ordinary people, and the planet.
So our choice is clear, system change or climate change.
The degrowth perspective is one conception of system change. Supporters say we have to detach living standards from growth to save the planet. But what would our lives look like in a post-growth world? Is something like a Green New Deal an alternative way of dealing with the climate crisis, or does it fail to get to the heart of the problem? And do people in the global south still need economic growth to achieve a dignified standard of living?
Join Global Justice Now for a day of workshops and discussion on the subject of degrowth and climate justice.
DAY’S SCHEDULE AND WORKSHOP DETAILS:
12noon Opening plenary with Ann Pettifor and Jason Hickel
1.30pm Lunch break (please bring your own or there is a food market in the church yard)
2pm Parallel workshops:
Degrowth and the global south (with Julien-François Gerber and Dorothy Guerrero)
What are the biggest barriers to a post-growth prosperity? (with Beth Stratford)
Post-growth alternatives: Co-ops, the commons and the solidarity economy (with Andy Marks)
3.10pm Reportback from workshops to all participants
3.30pm Facilitated session on forming some common principles on degrowth for Global Justice Now’s work
4.30pm Planning future activity for our climate justice network
Tea and coffee will be provided. There are disabled toilets, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.
Veteran Peruvian activist Hugo Blanco’s life of ecosocialist struggle for the Quechua and other indigenous peoples around the world has been chronicled in Derek Wall’s new book Hugo Blanco: A Revolutionary for Life (Merlin Press and Resistance Books). Blanco, described as the ‘Fidel Castro of the Andes’, will be speaking at a series of events in Britain from late February.
This meeting will be a unique opportunity to discuss contemporary ecosocialist struggles with Hugo and veteran internationalists, to explore how to build practical solidarity movements with the exploited and oppressed from Latin America to the Middle East, and to draw lessons for global left politics.
Veteran Peruvian activist Hugo Blanco, whose life of ecosocialist struggle for the Quechua and other indigenous peoples around the world has been chronicled in Derek Wall’s new book Hugo Blanco: A Revolutionary for Life (Merlin Press and Resistance Books), will be speaking in Bristol on Saturday 2 March 6.30pm-8.30pm together with Derek Wall, formerly a Principal Speaker for the Green Party, and Ana Dinerstein, senior lecturer at the University of Bath and expert in resistance and the politics of hope. This meeting, a Resistance Books launch, will be a unique opportunity to discuss with Hugo Blanco, Derek Wall and Ana Dinerstein, contemporary revolutionary ecosocialism in movements of solidarity with the exploited and oppressed in Latin America and lessons for global left politics.
In the face of this threat, which will only help bosses strip back regulation and create a “Singapore in the North Atlantic”, trade unions have a responsability to resist this attack on our most basic protections.
While Theresa May tries to woo trade union leaders into rubber stamping her disastrous deal, polls shows that a majority of trade unionists and labour members oppose Brexit. Despite this, the voice of ordinary members of both movements is being drowned out of the debate.
Join a panel of speakers from across different trade unions for a discussion on the risks presented by Brexit and what we can do together as a movement to fight back.
Manuel Cortes: General Secretary TSSA
Jason Moyer-Lee: General Secretary IWGB
Katia Widlak: Unison organiser and member of the 3million
Maritza Castillo Calle: Cleaner and chair of the IWGB University of London branch
Mark Boothroyd: Nurse and Unite activist