12-15 october 2023
World Congress for Climate Justice

4-Day Program of the World Congress for Climate Justice

12-15 October 2023

Thursday

12 October 2023

H. 11.00 – 12.00

WCCJ Press Conference

con Alex Foti, Emanuele Braga, Caterina Orsenigo e la partecipazione di alcuni dei delegati esteri di WCCJ.

H. 10.00 – 18.00

European Assembly Stay Grounded Network

H. 14.30-18.30

ARTIVIST CLIMATE SUBVERTISING WORKSHOPS

Art for Radical Ecologies platform’s Assembly, impulsed by Institute of Radical Imagination aims at co-writing the Art for Radical Ecologies Manifesto
with  Institute of Radical Imagination (Marco Baravalle, Emanuele Braga, Sara Buraya, Maddalena Fragnito, Gabriella Riccio, Federica Timeto), Yes Men (Mike Bonanno, Barbie Liberation Organization), Andreco, Ashley Dawson, Climate Art Project, Terike Haapoja, Tiziana Terranova, Andrea Natella, Noura Tafeche, Serpica Naro, Dirty Art Department (Jerszy Seymour, Theo Dietz e Rosa Meulenbeld), Effimera (Giorgio Griziotti), and the contribution in remote by Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination (Isabelle Fremeaux & Jay Jordan) and A4C (Rosa Jijón and Francesco Martone)

Follows

1) a talk by Yes Men about the Barbie Liberation Organization.
2) The Climate Justice League workshop: a generative co-creation of eco-warriors icons front for climate justice. The Climate Justice League will be present in the form of big cardboard puppets, ready to enter the street and march around the planet.

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.

H. 16.30 – 18.00

WORKSHOP ARTISTICO

a cura di Our Voice.
Our Voice propone di dipingere un quadro collaborativo, di dimensioni 150x150cm, per far esprimere, attraverso la pittura, il proprio sentire nei confronti del cambiamento climatico e dell’ambiente in generale ai partecipanti del World Congress for Climate Justice. In questo modo, chiunque vorrà potrà simbolicamente dare un contributo per migliorare la crisi ambientale. Gli artisti di passaggio saranno accompagnati da un violino e due chitarre che si esibiranno dal vivo.

H. 19.00 – 23.00

Cancel Columbus: welcome aperitivo for WCCJ delegates

Activist Milano Welcomes Delegates to 1st World Congress for Climate Justice

Friday

13 October 2023

H. 09.30-16.30

PARALLEL SEMINARS

Hosted by Ecologia Politica Network and Ecolab, with public attendance and interventions from public

H. 09.30-10.30

Bike Liberation Front: Bicycle Mobility, Electrification of Transportation and the Right to the City

by Zeo and Critical Mass Milano

Unpacking Degrowth: A Pathway to Climate Justice

by Research & Degrowth;
with Lorenzo Lonardi, Lorenzo Velotti, Lucía Muñoz Sueiro, Stephanie Mcdonagh

Degrowth is a booming concept in climate justice discourse resonating among social movements, researchers, the IPCC, radical policy-makers, and others across the globe. But what does it actually mean, and why climate change and the broader ecological crisis are best addressed by degrowth? Why is degrowth also crucial for confronting the colonialist and imperialist structure of the current global economy? Why is degrowth necessary for a successful class struggle, enabling us to break free from unnecessary labor and ensure well-being for all? How can degrowth contribute to challenging patriarchy and fostering a feminist society? In sum, how does degrowth help movements for climate justice put forward a solid theory of socio-ecological change? We will draw on the extensive expertise of our Barcelona-based organization to attempt to answer these questions. After this, we aim to engage in a meaningful debate with participants on the themes we have touched upon.

H. 10.30-11.30

African swine fever and the attack on italian antispeciesist sanctuaries: health emergency, repression and the role of the meat industry

by Marco Reggio with Martina Miccichè 

Ultima Generazione e forme di lotta climatica: laboratorio pratiche e tattiche di disobbedienza civile

by Leonardo Lovati et al.

H. 11.30-12.30

Carbon Universities? How the fossil lobby funds and biases academic education and research

by Endfossil Italia

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.

H. 12.15 - 12.30

Description of the activities of the Green Office of Università degli Studi di Milano - Statale

by Stefano Bocchi and greetings from Ecologia Politica Milano (host student organization)

H. 12.30 - 13.30

Defend Atlanta Forest and the Stop Cop City movement: ecological activism, repression and community mobilization in Georgia and the US

with Rozi and Aisha (Atlanta Forest Defenders) and Keyanna Jones and Matthew Johnson (Stop Cop City Community Activists)

Environmental Policy in Xi’s China

SANMENXIA – Photos from the documentary and discussion with Zhou Qing (dissident intellectual and director)

Zhou Qing was author of various exposés on food and soil pollution in contemporary China. For this he was imprisoned in solitary confinement and then went into exile. He now lives in Berlin. SANMENXIA focuses on the environmental consequences brought by the Sanmenxia Reservoir on the Yellow River, which affected the livelihoods of 400,000 farmers and caused desertification of the area, with frequent dust storms. His latest documentary, I DON’T QUITE RECALL on the indignities suffered by people during the Cultural Revolution, has earned praise from Ai Weiwei and other cultural creators.

Workshop Talking about climate change

by Vera (Ruigoord Klimaatcafé and Carbon Conversations). Why can conversations about climate change sometimes be so difficult? 

 How do you respond to clichés of ‘yes-but’ or ‘its all so unclear’? What psychology lies behind reactions such as: ‘it is not my responsibility’ or ‘science will solve it’? In this workshop we will address these questions AND practice to improve your climate conversations.

H. 12.30 - 14.30

Connection with the Marrakesh Counter-Summit: The responsibility of the IMF and the WB in destroying the environment

with ATTAC-CADTM Maroc, Climaximo, CADTM Belgique  and Debt for Climate, FFF Morocco and WCCJ (people talking both from Milano and Marrakesh)

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?

Special Colloquium ECOMAFIA: how organized crime controls the environmental industry and kills environmental activists

by Our Voice (in Italian, 2 hours)

H. 13.30-14.30

Sandwich Lunch in the Cloisters

H. 14.00-16.00

The ecosocialist alternative to extinction: metabolic fracture, antispeciesism, and class recomposition by Rete Ecosocialista

David Schwartzman (Howard University), Marco Maurizi (Political Antispeciesism Group) and Paola Sedda (NPA, Sainte-Soline, NoTav, A69)

H. 14.30-15.30

Acqua come bene comune e diritto umano fra privatizzazione, siccità e crisi

by Comitato Milanese Acqua Pubblica, con Alessandra Algostino (costituzionalista), Silvana Galassi (ecologa), Ludovica Moro (Ecologia Politica Network), Erica Rodari (attivista per l’acqua), Thomas Strauss (Lotte per l’acqua a Napoli)

Environmental Justice Movements in East Africa: EACOP and Deforestation

by RiseUp Uganda

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)

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)

Letzte Generation: Civil Disobedience and Repression in Germany

by Jule (Letzte Generation)

H. 15.30-16.30

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 (University of Milan)

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)

Milpamérica Resiste

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)

Why can conversations about climate change sometimes be so difficult? 

by Stefani (Extinction Rebellion). On the climate congress I will give a presentation and manual on nudity in (climate) actions. 

In The Netherlands, nudity was used already in the sixties to get a message across. There are many reasons to use it: it attracts attention, it’s inexpensive to do, easy to prepare, it’s also a symbol of freedom. Statistics show that pictures of (half) nude people get many views. We tried this out in The Netherlands. We used nudity (upper half) to show our climate messages. This worked! We got front pages. I will show you!  But how to do this safely? What works, what does not? I have some guidelines, but I am also curious about what you think!  Let’s watch, explore and discuss!

H. 16.00-17.00

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.

H. 17.30

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?

H. 20.30

Apericena

A cura di: ADL Cobas.

Seguiranno alcune performance di Lotta – Artista climatica.

 

Attivista per l’ambiente e musicista che sta portando in giro per l’Italia e per l’Europa il suo spettacolo Detonazione: un’opera in due atti che vuole sensibilizzare ai temi della crisi climatica attraverso la recitazione e il canto, accompagnata dal contrabbasso.

Già tra le più giovani contrabbassiste in tournée con la Filarmonica Campana in Cina nel 2019, Lotta può essere considerata come la voce di un’intera generazione: sebbene non sia affiliata a nessuna organizzazione di attivisti in particolare, infatti, intrattiene stretti rapporti con i vertici di tutte le maggiori realtà, come Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future e Ultima Generazione, che la invitano a tutte le loro manifestazioni un po’ come fosse una bandiera della lotta

Saturday

14 October 2023

H. 09.30-18.30

THEMATIC ASSEMBLIES

(only delegates who have 3 minutes per intervention, panel members provide a 5-minute intro each, public can watch in presence and online)

H. 09.30-11.30

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: Rozi (Defend Atlanta Forest), Federico Scirchio (Ecologia Politica), Christiane (Ende Gelaende), Carlotta Muston (Ultima Generazione), Arka (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.

War and Climate Crisis

Chaired by Transnational Social Strike Platform 

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.

H. 11.30-13.30

Social Ecology, Eco-Marxism, Green Anarchism Compared: Towards an Anticapitalist Synthesis

Chaired by: Alex Foti (WCCJ)
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 (Rise Up Uganda) 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.

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

H. 13.30-14.00

Lunch with vegan lasagna and salad

by Trattoria Popolare

H. 14.00-16.00

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

Roger Hallam has initiated and faciliatated the most significant climate civil resistance organisations in the western world over the five years, informed by research into the dynamics of mobilisation at King’s College in London. In this session he will bring this research and experience to bear on the central challenge of our time: how the particular existential characteristics of the elites’ project to continue to emit carbon, and thus create ecological breakdown, provides a unique opportunity to create a new post capitalist/extractive civilisation. However he will argue that if progressive and revolutionary forces continue to be stuck in the perspectives and practices of the past then fascism is inevitable and billions will die. We have to have the courage to learn what works or we will lose everything.

Ecological Transition, Green Capitalism, Degrowth Communism: Building Social Power for Climate Justice

Chaired by: Emanulele Leonardi (Università Bologna and Ecologia Politica Network)
Panel: Alice Del Gobbo (Effimera), Andrea Pia (Decolonize LSE and Green Party UK) and 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?

Focus on the Economy: the handbrake of finance on climate justice and new perspectives beyond productivism

Curated by: Mattero Spini and Caterina Orsenigo
Chaired by
Andrea Fumagalli 
Panel: Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia), Andrea Barolini (Valori.it), Marisol Manfredi (University of Pisa), Debt for Climate.

H. 14.30-18.00

MAKE YOUR OWN PUNK T-SHIRT!

We would like to create PUNK t-shirts together with you! We bring paint, free second-hand t-shirts (bring one if you can), stamps and scissors! Making a punk t-shirt is easy, because there are no rules! Of course we have activist stamps, and everything to make it a succes. Making your own PUNK t-shirt is super fun, surprising and also an act of rebellion! Because we don’t need a fast fashion chain to make cuts in shirts for us or to stamp them. We can look cool without any commercial input. And of course it’s all for free! You can walk in, making a shirt takes maybe 20 minutes.

H. 16.00-18.00

Agroecology and Food Sovereignty vs. Agribusiness and Deforestation: Farm Workers, Indigenous Peoples and Reactionary Backlash

Chaired by: Andrea Ghelfi, (Mondeggi Fattoria Senza Padroni)
Panel: Giacomo Scarpina (Terraviva), 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 (Pueblo y Barrio Honduras), Pier Francesco Pandolfi (European Coordination Via Campesina)

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 Role of the Youth in the Ruptural Movement for Climate Justice

Chaired by: Matilde (FFF Lisbon)
Panel: End Fossil Barcelona, Climate Vanguard, OccupyEUR, Diletta Bellotti, Irene Galuppo (
exOpg/Ecologia Politica Napoli)

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?

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.

Sunday

15 October 2023

H. 10.00-13.00

PLENARY ASSEMBLY

Chaired by Matteo Spini, Aidah Nakku, Pedro Bermeo, Cedric Jonckheere, Mina Morsan

Focus: THE PLAN TO OVERTHROW FOSSIL CAPITALISM

Organization, media, civil disobedience, ideology, agroecology, ecotransfeminism, postcolonialism,unionism, antifascism…

Focus: CONSTITUTING THE RADICAL FACTION OF THE WORLD CLIMATE FRONT

Drafting of documents, positions and deliberations on common strategies and joint campaigns

H. 13:30-15:00

Communal Lunch and Farewell to the next Climate International in another city of Planet Earth!

Lunch by Cucina Pop

For climate revolution get ready!

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Movements

More than 60 entities attended the congress: collectives, movements, NGOs, researchers and much more!