Green Capitalism or system change?
International Transform conference in Copenhagen, Saturday, 14 March 2020
The conference has been cancelled due to the venue closing down caused by the corona virus
Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S
The climate crisis calls for action. How to achieve concrete and more ambitious goals in climate and environmental policies? Are the measures and goals adopted by governments and institutions much more than a greening of Capitalism ? And how much can be achieved by green Capitalism/green growth seen om the background of the real challenges of climate warming ? Some 30 years ago everybody talked about the environmental issue, but in the end, it was absorbed by neoliberal policy. Is this happening again?
9:30 Registration and coffee/tea etc.
10:15 – 10:55 Combating for the preservation of the Amazonas. On the extreme deregulation of environmental and climate regulations and their effects.
Theo Mares, Brazil. Public Attorney, Master in Social-Environmental Law and Professor at Industry College, Paraná.
10:55 – 11:35 The perspectives for climate change and how to reduce it. Green growth. Green New Deal or New Green Deal. Will these policies pave the way for the necessary economic and ecological transformation of our societies to oppose climate warming ?
Tom Kucharz, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain (former Policy advisor, Podemos, the European Parliament)
11:35 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:30 Questions and debate
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:00 Parallel seminars on
1) Green Capitalism or system change– a critical scrutiny of Danish and EU climate policy contributions
2) The need for systemic alternatives and how to build them?
Seminar 1: Green Capitalism or system change – a critical scrutiny of Danish and EU climate policy contributions and plans
Helmut Scholz, MEP, Die Linke, Germany
How compatible is the European Green Deal with trade agreements?
Currently the European Commission is negotiating Trade Agreements with many countries and regions. A number of agreements are already concluded.
The success of these Agreements is usually measured by calculating growth rates of the gross national product in Europe, and the increase of exports and profits of large companies. This growth occurs at the expense of 800 million people who are left behind starving, and also at the expense of climate and environment. Instead of furthering the greed for profit, the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has to replace the original logic of free trade and has to be the new benchmark for success of policies.
Mai Villadsen, MP, Enhedslisten/Red-Green Alliance, Denmark
An evaluation of the climate policies and climate law of the new Danish minority Social Democratic government as part of its “understanding” with the supporting parties. Is it possible – is it sufficient – to reach a 70% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030?
Pablo Livigni, Espaces Marx member, transform network, France
A Generation for Climate: thoughts on climate mobilisations
Presenting a study of the socio-economic profile of the participants of climate strikes in France. The presentation seeks to discuss the different means of mobilisations and modalities of actions in order to offer a deeper political understanding of such a movement.
Seminar 2: The need for systemic alternatives and how to build them?
Lotta Hedström, Miljöpartiet/Green Party,Sweden:
Women and the climate crisis. Developing eco-feminism as a road to system change
Jean-Claude Simon, transform!europe, La France Insoumise, France:
Eco-socialism and Energy transition? The ecological crisis on the background of the systemic obstacles of Capitalism. Energy transition as a societal change project.
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:00 Workshop/group discussion
17:00 – 18:00 Panel conclusion and short round-up
Organizers: Transform!Danmark – in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Global Action, Solidaritet, NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark, and others.
Registration: email to firstname.lastname@example.org – registration fee: 100 DKK paid to bank account 5301-0000268457 with mark “k20” – registration open now