Transform!Danmark Conference 2018

Debates on “Global and Institutional Crises and Red-Green Alternatives” in Copenhagen

The growing systemic crisis in Europe and globally is a combination of multiple crises, political, social, climate and environmental – requiring systemic alternatives. The conference is a contribution to that debate on if and how to break with the system.
Hvornår:
17. marts 2018 | 09:30 til 17:00

Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S

Price: 100 DKK, to be paid at the entrance.
Registration: send email to kontakt@transformdanmark.dk

9:30 Registration and coffee/tea etc.

10:00 Welcome

10:00-10:45  Daniel Tanuro, Belgium, author of ‘Green Capitalism: Why it can’t work’ and contributor to the book ‘Økosocialisme – fra systemkritik til alternativ’ (Solidaritet, 2015), ecosocialist and writer in La Gauche, certified agriculturalist.

Urgency of an Ecosocialist Alternative. How to fill the gaps in emissions and in consciousness?”

There is an objective gap between the path of emissions reduction compatible with a 1.5°C temperature increase on the one hand, and the projections based on the Nationally determined contributions (NDC) on the other hand. There is also a huge subjective gap between the ecosocialist consciousness needed to break with the productivist logic of capitalism, on the one hand, and the alienated consciousness of the vast majority of the population, on the other hand. Bridging the first gap entails bridging the second. What strategy for ecosocialism? 

10:45-11:30 Elizabeth Mpofu, Zimbabwe, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina International.

Alternatives to the ecological crisis, the food crises and the climate crisis

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-13.15 Questions and debate Break

13:15-14:15  Lunch

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, Anthropologist, Director of FUHEM, Ecologistas en Acción

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 – resisting privatization; reclaiming public services

Birgit Daiber; Germany, author and publisher, Transform commons working group, The Common-Good-of-Humanity-Network

Left politics and Commons-movements in Europe

The impressive and rich diversity of commons initiatives all over the world can be seen as acts of resistance against exploitation of nature and people, or more specific: against the continuous and ever-growing greed of reactionary politics and capital for privatisation of natural resources. It’s time to discuss strategies on European level: Commons as one dimension of initiatives to reclaim a social, ecological and democratic Europe.

Nanna Clifforth, Denmark, NOAH – Friends of the Earth Denmark

Earth Incorporated: The impacts of trade and privatisation on nature

Nature, biodiversity and ecosystem functions are increasingly included in trade agreements as well as turned into aims of financialisation and off-setting with severe environmental and social consequences.

Wanda Wyporska, Britain, Executive Director at The Equality Trust, 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.

The Equality Trust was launched in 2009 by Bill Kerry, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett after the publishing of “The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better for Everyone” (In Danish: “Lighed – Hvorfor alle klarer sig bedre i mere lige samfund”).

16:00-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 Workshops and networking

The intention is to make workshops around each of the topics of the talks of the conference, and possibly build working groups  for ongoing work on these issues.

17:00-18:00 Concluding debate in plenary between the speakers of the conference and the participants on the main topics of the day.

Organizers:  Transform!Danmark in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Afrika Kontakt, Solidaritet, Det Ny Clarté, DiEM25-Copenhagen, Miljøbevægelsen NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark) and others.

Kalender

Torsdag, september 6, 2018 - 20:00 til Torsdag, december 6, 2018 - 22:00
Fredag, september 21, 2018 - 16:00 til Søndag, september 23, 2018 - 15:00