Preliminary Program – International Transform Conference in Copenhagen, Saturday, 17 March 2018:
Preliminary title: “Global and Institutional Crises and Red-Green Alternatives”
Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S
9:30 Registration and coffee/tea etc.
10:00-10:45 Daniel Tanuro, Belgium, author, certified agriculturalist, ecosocialist activist
“Urgency of an ecosocialist alternative. How to fill the gaps in emissions and in consciousness?”
10:45-11:30 Elizabeth Mpofu, Zimbabwe, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina
11:45-13.15 Questions and debate Break
14:15-17:00 Parallel seminars on 1) To combat climate change – the role of ecosocialism and ecofeminism; 2) Our common goods – reclaiming public services
Seminar 1: To combat climate change – the role of ecosocialism and ecofeminism
Yayo Herrero, Spain, Ecologistas en Acció: “Ecofeminist views to confront the Anthropocene”
Asbjørn Wahl, Norway, author and trade unionist, director of the Campaign for the Welfare state: ”The role of labour in the fight against climate change”
Action to combat climate change will require major societal transformation. We have most of what is required in terms of technology, knowledge and competence to avert a climate disaster. What we lack is the social power to translate words into action. The role of organized labour will therefore be decisive. The climate struggle will have to be unified with the social struggle.
Seminar 2: Our common goods – reclaiming public services
Birgit Daiber – author and publisher, Transform commons working group, The Common-Good-of-Humanity-Network
“Left politics and Commons-movements in Europe”
Commons-movements are spread all over the world – and so they are in Europe: There is Barcelona with numerous initiatives like “Fearless Cities” and the recuperation of houses for homeless people; Referendums on water in Italy and in cities like Thessaloniki, Berlin and others reclaim water as common good; Community land trusts in Great Britain, Germany and other countries try to secure housing for citizens; Workers’ recuperated companies (WRCs) and public health-care-initiatives trying to save living and working conditions under the threat of EU-austerity-regime in Greece; workers’ cooperatives (SCOPs) in France. The initiatives are acts of resistance against the still commodification and destruction of living-conditions and the continuous and even growing greed of reactionary politics and capital for privatisation of natural resources
Looking at this picture of the growing Commons-movements in Europe it’s time to discuss strategies how to place them on European level: Commons as one dimension of initiatives to reclaim a social, ecological and democratic Europe. The specific demand is to implement commons as citizens’ basic rights. And then there are the upcoming European elections in 2019: specific demands for the acceptance of commons could be part of the election campaign.
Nanna Clifforth, Denmark, NOAH – Friends of the Earth
Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust, Britain, campaigning organization working for greater equality
“Our common goods – reclaiming public services”
Access to and provision of public services play a key role in inequality, whether reducing or increasing the gaps in society. How the fragmentation of education, health and social security is affecting the UK and those who deliver these services.
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
17:00-18:00 Panel conclusion and short round-up
Organizers: Transform!Danmark in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Afrika Kontakt, Solidaritet, Det Ny Clarté, DiEM25, NOAH – Friends of the Earth and others.