4-Day Program of the World Congress for Climate Justice
12-15 October 2023
12 October 2023
WCCJ Press Conference
Alex Foti, Emanuele Braga, Caterina Orsenigo
ARTIVIST CLIMATE SUBVERTISING WORKSHOPS
Hosted by Ecologia Politica Network and Ecolab
Art for Radical Ecologies Platform by Institute of Radical Imagination with Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination (Isabelle Fremeaux & Jay Jordan) and Yes Men (Mike Bonanno)
The Milano World Congress for Climate Justice is the opportunity to bring together art and performing arts workers to continue a discussion that will lead to the collective writing of a manifesto on the role of art in the struggle for climate justice and in the creation of new ecologies (which take into account the intersection of environmental and social facts). If the pandemic had already dramatically underlined the consequences of extractivist anthropization, the war in Ukraine (in addition to its immediate death toll) is a manifestation of what Andreas Malm has called ‘fossil fascism’, a mix of authoritarianism and fossil fuels that weakens the already insufficient measures to combat global warming. The scarcity of Russian gas has brought coal back into vogue and, in Italy, the construction of new re-gasifiers is on the agenda. The decision to organize the workshop at the World Congress for Climate Justice 2023 reflects our belief in the importance of freeing art from the capture of institutional circuits. We want to experience, as participants in social movements, aesthetic-political concatenations that interpret creativity as a radical character of the social and not as a commodity. The participants also share the conviction that the fight for climate justice is, necessarily, a fight against and beyond extractive capitalism, even in its green version (actually an attempt to turn the crisis into new accumulation). The workshop will involve discussion and co-creation starting from the practices of the invited guests around certain central themes: the use of art as a method of inquiry and visualization in the climate crisis; the production of activist art forms that look at the performativity of direct action; art as a ground for radical imagination in designing new ecologies that reshape the relationship between human and non-human; art as an archive of movement practices, and so on.
WCCJ Cancel Columbus Welcome Aperitivo
Activist Milano Welcomes Delegates to 1st World Congress for Climate Justice
13 October 2023
Hosted by Ecologia Politica Network and Ecolab, with public attendance and interventions from public
The UN COP process, the Marrakesh Countersummit and Climate Justice Movements: gas, oil, coal campaigns in synergy
with CADTM in Marrakech and Debt for Climate and FFF Morocco in Milan
Environmental Justice Movements in East Africa: EACOP and Deforestation
by RiseUp Uganda
Yasunization of the Earth: Atlases, critical cartography and actions of climate justice to leave fossil fuels underground
by Jean Monnet Center for Climate Justice, University of Padua, with Pedro Bermeo (Colectivo Yasunidos) and Valerio Bini, dddddUniversity of Milan
Special Colloquium ECOMAFIA: how organized crime controls the environmental industry and kills environmental activists
by Our Voice (in Italian, 2 hours)
Defend Atlanta Forest and the Stop Cop City movement: ecological activism, repression and community mobilization in Georgia and the US
with Atlanta Forest Defenders and Stop City Community Activists with Keyanna Jones and Matthew Johnson
The ecosocialist alternative to extinction: metabolic fracture, antispeciesism, and class recomposition by Rete Ecosocialista
with Michael Löwy, Marco Maurizi (Gruppo di Antispecismo Politico), David Schwartzman, and Kohei Saito (author of Marx in the Anthropocene) in teleconference
Acqua come bene comune e diritto umano fra privatizzazione, siccità e crisi
by Comitato Milanese Acqua Pubblica, con Alessandra Algostino, costituzionalista, Silvana Galassi ecologa, Federico Scirchio Ecologia Politica Network, Erica Rodari attivista per l’acqua
Antispeciesism and the Sixth Extinction: the destruction of the biosphere and ecoradical responses from veganism to animal liberation
Marco Reggio with Martina Miccichè (in Italian with translation)
Ultima Generazione e forme di lotta climatica: laboratorio pratiche e tattiche di disobbedienza civile
by Leonardo Lovati et al.
Bike Liberation Front: Bicycle Mobility, Electrification of Transportation and the Right to the City
by Zeo and Critical Mass Milano
Carbon Universities? How the fossil lobby funds and biases academic education and research
by Studenti Indipendenti Bicocca and Ecologia Politica Milano
Sandwich Lunch in the Cloisters
Hand Brake to Stop Climate Collapse
by Climáximo with Sinan Eden and Mariana Rodrigues (2-hour special seminar)
This session is about connecting two dots: that capitalism is the root cause of the climate and social crises and that the climate emergency means action must be taken now. The logical conclusion is that we have to dismantle capitalism in the short-term. Our proposition is to go beyond campaigning and build a theory of change compatible with the climate crisis and its root causes. We propose a movement-level structure and grand strategy aimed at systemic change within climate deadlines. Our leading questions will be: What transformative strategies exist and how do they relate to each other? What elements are missing from the movement? Which capacities of the movement have not been mobilized? How can we get an overview of the big picture? And how can we plan for systemic change?
How to plan high-flying actions to bring aviation to the ground
by Stay Grounded Network
Did you hear it? For the past year, the climate justice movement has been buzzing with actions targeting private jets and the luxuries of the super-rich. This gave way to more groups delving on the general topic of aviation, joining a movement all over the world who have been struggling for decades to defend themselves against this destructive sector and to topple it, ending the injustice it brings about. In this workshop, we aim at making it easy for you and your group to plan an action around aviation, be it to target an airport or an industry event. Have you struggled to come up with plans for an effective action to resist a local airport conflict? Do you burst with the injustice caused by the super-rich who burn the planet with their private jets? Do you want to interrupt a business event with style? Join us and learn about targets, tactics and narratives you can use in your AviActions.
For a radical climate science
by ORA (Officina Ricerca Ambientale, group of scientists at CNR Italy and other institutions), Scienza di Classe (radical science collective) and Emanuele Leonardi (Professor of Ecology and Work in the Anthropocene, University of Bologna)
Nothing is impossible – About Automotive Capitalism and Its End
by ums Ganze
Shut up and Drive: the boundless destructiveness of capitalism is particularly evident in the automotive industry.
Over 1/5 of Co2 emissions are caused by road traffic, trend rising. The car industry acts as a climate killer – and it’s a major business. In Germany, it is the largest branch of industry, with hundreds of billions of euros in annual sales. The mass distribution of the car is a German and global success story. It’s impossible to imagine capitalism without its automobiles. In the summer of 2021, the brochure “Nothing is impossible – About Automotive Capitalism and Its End” was published. In an interactive lecture, we will present the central issues of the text, including some open questions to be debated openly. We will conclude with a sketch on utopian mobility.
Insurance campaigning against fossil fuel projects
by Monika of the Coal Action Network and the Insure Climate Justice Campaign (Coal Action UK)
Costruire opposizione nei territori al progetto “Italia Hub del gas”
by Campagna per il Clima Fuori dal Fossile with Ecologia Politica Network
I piani di Eni, Snam e governo italiano intendono legarci capitalismo fossile per decenni (rigassificatori, metanodotti, trivelle). Decostruiamo la presunta emergenza energetica seguita alla guerra in Ucraina e diamo conto delle iniziative territoriali di opposizione alle infrastrutture metanifere nell’Adriatico e altrove (in Italian only)
Toward the Abolition of Fossil Capital: Victories and Obstacles in the Fight for Public Power in New York and Beyond
by Ashley Dawson (Public Power New York)
Red de resistencias narrativas para la defensa del territorio with Mina Morsan, El Sur Resiste, Marina Flores, Futur@s Indigenas, Li Wakwara, Pueblo y Barrio, and Erick Zelaya, Movimiento Indigena
ACTION SEMINAR + CLIMATE PROTEST
Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympics as a paradigm of the climatic and environmental unsustainability of major sporting events and the tourist exploitation of mountains and primary resources
The Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics, announced and ‘sold’ as sustainable games with greenwashing, will have a heavy impact in terms of land consumption, alteration of hydrogeological systems and destruction of forests in the Alpine valleys concerned; at the same time, they will feed and accelerate dynamics already underway in the Milanese metropolis of progressive privatisation of the public city, land consumption, and financialisation of the city. Even the mobility model envisaged by the Olympic dossier and the works envisaged by the Olympic Decree insist on developing infrastructures functional to road transport. Symbolising this continuity in the fossil economy is ENI’s sponsorship of the Games. The mirage of new profits linked to the ski business, of which the Winter Olympics are the flywheel, has generated a domino effect, and projects for new ski lifts go beyond the Olympic valleys, and even the infrastructure dossier envisages useless works with no connection to the competition venues. This model of major events is no longer thinkable and maintainable in the face of the global climate and environmental crisis, just as the practice of certain sports can no longer be governed solely by the interests of business. How can we stop this process? What tools and actions are usable and practicable? Can we imagine another way of doing the Olympics and major sporting events?
A cura di: ADL Cobas
14 October 2023
(only delegates who have 3 minutes per intervention, panel members provide a 5-minute intro each, public can watch in presence and online)
FFF, XR, Ultima Generazione, Ende Gelaende, Soulèvements de la Terre, Defend Atlanta Forest: templates for climate revolt and the challenges and opportunities for constituting an anticapitalist environmental front
Chaired by Meri, OffTopic – Panel: Tadzio Mueller, Sarah, Defend Atlanta Forest, Federico Scirchio, Ecologia Politica, Christiane, Ende Gelaende, Leonardo Lovati, Ultima Generazione, Aiko, Futuro Vegetal, Mariana Rodrigues, Climáximo
A post-pandemic wave of climate activism has engulfed the planet: from Just Stop Oil to Scientist Rebellion, from paintings to jets a new generation has imposed the climate discussion on mainstream media and sowed panic among élites, while Exinction Rebellion is about to lay siege to the English Parliament. The message of Greta Thunberg five years later is louder and louder, and convergence with Ende Gelaende in Luetzerath signaled a new mass phase in civil disobedience and the radicalization of the Fridays generation. In France, the conflict over water basins in Poitou-Charentes at Sainte-Soline and the murderous police of Darmanin is as important for political polarization as the one counterposing Macron and the whole of French society over pensions. In the United States, the murder of Tortuguita, a forest defender, has propelled Defend Atlanta Forest to the national attention becoming a rallying point for the whole North American environmental movement. What strategy can multiply the power of each instance and catalyze a revolutionary situation?
Climate Refugees and Institutional Racism: No Border Networks and Transnational Solidarity
Chaired by John Sinha – Panel: Meret, Climate Strike Switzerland, Elena Giacomelli and Pierluigi Musarò, Università Bologna, Khalid Abaker, Sudan Refugees, Morana Miljanovic, Louise Michel crew, Dave Salvadori – Sant’Ambrogio FC
We present here the assembly and seminars on the question of climate migration, refugees, borders/no borders and climate justice. Within the climate justice movement the notion of climate refugee is gaining increasing purchase. But this is a contested term. Some argue it privileges one category of refugees over another. We will explore these issues to arrive at a common understanding, and a common set of principles. Climate chaos is already a major factor in population displacement. As the climate crisis deepens the IPCC predicts one of the major impacts will be increasing population displacement due to climate destabilisation. Climate justice recognises those least responsible for the climate and ecological crisis are those most impacted by it. Namely, the poorest people living in the poorest parts of the world; places still suffering the effects of centuries of colonialism and the neoliberal policies which have perpetuated debt and resource extraction. It is not a coincidence the political forces of climate denialism are the same as those driving the persecution of refugees and migrants in the global north. This is entirely consistent with an ideology which seeks to rank human life by race, class and nationality.
Social Ecology, Eco-Marxism, Green Anarchism Compared: Towards an Anticapitalist Synthesis
chaired by Alex Foti – Panel: Bue Ruebner, Common Ecologies, Selva Varengo, researcher, Yo, Ums Ganze, João Camargo, Climaximo and Fight the Fire, Maura Benegiamo, University of Pisa
Capitalism is burning the planet like anti-globalization movements have been warning for decades. In the 21st century, the contradiction between capital and nature is recomprising the conflict between labor and capital which defined the 20th century. Thus the ecological question is determining the social question and the collective survival of the human species in a fast-collapsing biosphere, marked by the large extinctions of the Anthropocene. Radical ideology on the environment arguably comes in three major strands that have emerged since the 1980s and 1990s. The first is defined by Murray Bookchin and the confederalist, bioregionalist, and ecofeminist experiment of Rojava. In can also be defined as libertarian socialist and eco-municipalist. It has a strong influence on Ecologia Politica and other similar networks of European climate collectives. The second is eco-marxism as it emerges most strongly in the widely read works of Andreas Malm and Kohei Saito. Their roots are in the journals Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and especially the Monthly Review and the work of Bellamy Foster and others on the metabolic rift in Das Kapital. A different, world-systems Wallersteinian strand is that of Jason Moore and his concept of the Capitalocene (which Saito opposes in in his Japanese bestseller, Capital/Marx in the Anthropocene). The work of Malm, who also argues in favor of the capitalocene in his treatment of fossil capital, is inspired by and inspires Ende Gelaende and other autonomist climate movements. The third strand is arguably the oldest because it goes back to Edward Abbey and monkeywrenching (1975) and the origins of Earth First! (1980), as well as the actions of the Earth Liberation Front after Seattle. In North America it is anarchist in inspiration and outlook (and transfeminist and deep-ecologist, e.g. Defend Atlanta Forest), while in Europe it is antagonist and autonomist in nature, in a powerful syncretic synthesis of radical ecology and queer ideology that we can term Zadism, after its most relevant and symbolic manifestation, la ZAD, an ecological autonomous zone defended by black blocs and intersectional alliances with farmers and environmental groups, such those seen in Soulèvements de la Terre at Sainte-Soline. What are the intellectual and historical elements that can be employed to arrive at a synthesis on revolutionary ideological strategy for ecological anticapitalism? The objective is coin ideas and slogans, and debate forms of organization and communication that can push forward the world’s climate justice movements until destruction and overthrow of fossil capitalism and its stranglehold on human societies and natural environments.
Ecotransfeminism and Intersectional Climate Strategy
chaired by Penny Travlou, University of Edinburgh – Panel: Aidah Nakku of Rise Up Uganda who will open with brief intro, and Lorenza Villani, Università Bologna
The climate struggle and the feminist and transfeminist struggle in recent years have placed among their strengths the tool of the strike and the search for transnational organization of struggles, recognizing the need to join different movements and intersect different oppressions. Seeing social reproduction’s crisis as a common terrain of struggle this year, for the first time, feminists, transfeminists and climate activists have joined their voices, giving rise to the “Global Transfeminist Climate and Social Strike, of March 3 and March 8.
The intersection of these struggles unveils responsibilities and political choices of green capitalism, allowing for a cross-connection that intersects climate exploitation with racist, patriarchal and anthropocentric politics. The intersection of these struggles radicalizes the climate struggle itself: discussing feminism, transfeminism and climate struggle today cannot elude the need to start from the material conditions in which this struggle is given. Thus, one cannot speak of an ecotransfeminist struggle without considering the transformations that the war in Ukraine imposes today, without considering the movement of migrants who in their claim to freedom disrupt European plans and borders, without discussing the merits of green transaction policies and the effect they impose.
Lunch with vegan lasagna and salad
by Trattoria Popolare
Video Address by Roger Hallam
founder of Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil (A22 Network) followed by Q+A with delegates of the World Congress for Climate Justice
Ecological Transition, Green Capitalism, Degrowth Communism: Building Social Power for Climate Justice
chaired by Lele Leonardi, Università Bologna and Ecologia Politica Network, Panel: Alice Del Gobbo, Effimera, Andrea Pia, Giovanni Ludovico Montagnani, Campo Base
There are two ways of looking at the so-called ‘ecological transition’: from ‘above’ – what is known as green capitalism – and from ‘below’ – call it ‘degrowth communism’. Green capitalism is a growth strategy that perceives environmental boundaries not as an absolute limit to accumulation but as a new frontier of value production. It is green capitalism that has inspired climate policy since the 1992 Earth Summit, and it is these very policies for sustainable growth and decoupling that – the IPCC warns us – have factually fallen short of their own targets and promises. Degrowth communism takes stoke of these failures. It proposes a revolutionary horizon for the political convergence of different social and economic struggles under one banner, climate justice. How to build a coalition of diverse and oft-times conflicting constituencies? How to align their revolt, refusal, and resistance toward a collective goal? How to bring together queer and racialised subjectivities, indigenous communities, and the caring and working classes? How to fight back against financial capital and subvert the existing social and economic hierarchy that subordinates the ecology to the economy?
War and Climate Crisis
chaired by Transnational Social Strike Platform with Raul Sanchez Cedillo
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upset the world as we knew it. War, today, redefines at the transnational level the priorities of capital and governments around the world, so it also forces us to rethink our struggles and the connections between them. Since February last year, ecological transition policies have become a weapon with which the European Union fights its own war to revive its industries and respond to the changing geographies of the energy market. Thus, under the banners of ecological transition has been cleared as much the ‘necessary’ return to hydrocarbons and fossil fuels as an acceleration toward renewables that has more to do with financial accumulation dynamics than with our claims to climate justice. From the earliest months, with the disruption of exports of wheat and other agricultural products, the conflict has highlighted how interconnected the energy crisis and the “cost of living crisis” are. Within this setting, we think it is necessary to build the conditions so that ecological struggles can unite with other social demands to effectively open the space for a climate class conflict capable of making possible not only our opposition to war but also laying the groundwork for attacking the current capitalist restructuring of the global order.
4 giorni possono bastare - reddito per tutt3 Settimana lavorativa di 4 giorni riducendo le ore di lavoro a parità di salario
Assembly on the 4-Day Week as Ecosocial Measure (in Italian) curated by ADL Cobas and Camera del Non Lavoro
The Role of the Youth in the Ruptural Movement for Climate Justice
chaired by Matilda, FFF Lisbon, panel: End Fossil Barcelona, Climate Vanguard, OccupyEUR
According to the climate science deadlines, the world must cut at least 50% of emissions by 2030 if we want to avoid the worse impacts of the climate crisis. And we need to do it using the political framework of climate justice, to ensure a just process for all peoples. So we need system change, and we need it fast. System change in time with the climate science deadlines will only be possible by means of a ruptural revolution that confronts capitalism’s power and transforms everything. We, the movement, need to end the fossil economy at international level and ensure that 2023-2024 is Europe’s last winter of gas, and grow the seeds of justice in the ashes of capitalism. We must be brave and take into our own hands the responsibility of emission cuts and system change.
In the building of the ruptural movement that will execute system change, what is the role of the organized youth? Over the past years, the youth movement has drawn millions into the streets. Yet, little has changed. What’s more, the institutional and reformist line of thought continues to be the predominant one amongst the mainstream climate justice movement – youth included – which pushes us to believe someone else that not us, the movement, will solve this crisis. We must change that and organize the youth and the student’s class towards a ruptural movement that can change the system. Radicalization is our task, and revolution our duty. In this assembly, we aim at answering together through an internationalist perspective: as youth, what is our role in the ruptural movement for climate justice?
Agroecology and Food Sovereignty vs. Agribusiness and Deforestation: Farm Workers, Indigenous Peoples and Reactionary Backlash
chaired by Andrea Ghelfi, Mondeggi Fattoria Senza Padroni – Panel: Massa Kone/ Convergence Globale des Luttes pour la Terre, Eau et les Semences Paysannes Ouest Afrique CGLTE-OA, Erick Zelaya, Movimiento Indigena El Salvador, Li Wakwara, De Pueblo y Barrio Honduras
Agribusiness and the food industry are systems that have a strong and negative impact on the ecological context, climate change, and social justice. Day after day, year after year, they show their negative consequences on territories and humans. In particular, the logic of industrialization, production, and exploitation of land tend to lead to the organic death of soils and its consequent desertification and the almost total zeroing of biodiversity.The logic of maximizing production/profit and standardization through the chemistry of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides are polluting the territories and bodies of those who live and work there. The logic of capital accumulation, the predominance of very large-scale companies, and the use of large machinery are increasing the social gap destroying the capacity for self-sufficiency and management of the community’s land. The ability to self-produce food in harmony with the territories of local communities has always been the basis of the maintenance and continuity of the communities themselves and the correct conservation and management of the land.From a social perspective, agroecology is a genuine and concrete response to agribusiness and all its evident and unacceptable criticalities. Agriculture can and must be central in proposing ecological and concrete solutions in the main systems of food production, the production of medicines, and building materials, and in support of the need for energy.
The handbrake of finance on climate justice and new perspectives beyond productivism
chaired by Caterina Orsenigo and Matteo Spini; Panel: Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia), Andrea Barolini (Valori.it), Marisol Manfredi (University of Pisa)
Essential/Precarious Labor, Strike Wave, Great Resignation, Energy Inflation: The New Capital-Labor Force Field and Ecological Unionism
chaired by Alessio, Don’t Pay UK; panel: Daniel Gutierrez, Common Ecologies and Ver.di, Maddalena Fragnito, Center for Post-Digital Studies, Lisa Dluzewska, Workers’ Initiative (Inicjatywa Pracownicza)
The pandemic has revealed for all the essential role of precarious labor in social production and reproduction: nurses, cleaners, drivers, riders, cashiers, shoppers allowed society to continue to function thanks to people of meager wages, many of whom are being fired for union organizing. Also, Covid has uncovered the mass refusal of salaried employment on neoliberal terms: people are not returning to offices, as work from home has become a new labor rights, and millions have left the labor force altogether in the phenomenon knowns the Great Resignation. This has overturned the tables on thirty years of capitalist blackmailing and given power to labor in collective bargaining: employers cannot find workers for low wages and labor insurgence is on the rise. The Amazon Labor Union and Starbucks Workers United in North America, the huge and protracted mobilization in France in defense of pensions, the great railway and nurse strike in the UK are heralding a new era in industrial relations, where workers are empowered by powerful unions. But how should labor organizing and union demands work in the context of the climate crisis? What are the green jobs unions should fight for and the industry lobbies they should oppose? The discussion is introduced by union intellectuals and labor activists, including the highly oppositional and successful Don’t Pay UK campaign against high energy prices and skyrocketing bills.
15 October 2023
Chaired by Matteo Spini, Aidah Nakku, Pedro Bermeo, Cedric Jonckheere, Mina Morsan
(streamed and broadcasted with simultaneous interpreting service offered by Leoncavallo – only delegates can talk at the plenary assembly, public can follow proceedings )
THE PLAN TO OVERTHROW FOSSIL CAPITALISM
Organization, media, civil disobedience, ideology, agroecology, ecotransfeminism, postcolonialism,unionism, antifascism…
CONSTITUTING THE RADICAL FACTION OF THE WORLD CLIMATE FRONT
drafting of documents, positions and deliberations on common strategies and joint campaigns
Communal Lunch and Farewell to the next World Congress in another city of Planet Earth!
Lunch by Cucina Pop
Whether you are part of a group or alone, to take part in the Climate Social Camp you need to fill this form.
If you are a minor you can still participate, but you need to send us this other form filled by your parents!
You can reach Turin by train quite easily from different parts of Europe. The main stations in Turin are Torino Porta Susa and Torino Porta Nuova, which are both very central.
Cost: the cost depends on where you arrive but can be very high. Our advice, if you have the possibility, is to buy a 4-day Interrail Global Pass (more info here), which allows you to make the round trip (you can travel for a total of 4 days in a month) at an affordable price. The cost is €185.
The main bus station in Turin is the Corso Vittorio Emanuele bus station. The most useful companies for getting there by bus, in general, are Flixbus and Bla Bla Bus.
Cost: the cost can sometimes be lower than the train, but there is no option to buy a pass like the Interrail.
Travelling by plane, as we know, is a very impactful way of travelling in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. We encourage you, if possible, to use other methods of transport to reach Turin.
Logistical information: Turin airport is called Caselle Airport, and is about 20 minutes away from the city.
Where will you stay?
The Climate Social Camp will be held at the Parco Artiglieri di montagna in Turin. The camp will last from Wednesday 26 July to Friday 28 July, but if necessary you can also stay the day before and the day after. Meals will be prepared and served by us, so you don’t have to bring your own food.
What do you need to bring?
Tableware (washable and reusable plates, cutlery and glasses)
The facilities will be located near the campsite and near the university, where the working tables of the International meeting will be held. Things to bring are more or less similar to those at the campsite, but you don’t need a tent. Again, don’t worry if you arrive a day before the start of the event or leave a day later.
And finally, bring a lot of desire to discuss and dance! At the campsite there will be plenty of debates open to all, and in the evenings concerts with artists from all over the world!
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