This assembly is being built on our shared belief that to successfully tackle these intertwined crises, we need to take action in solidarity with the self-determination of communities on the frontlines of ecological and economic collapse, following their leadership in replacing the dig, burn, drive, dump systems destroying the planet, with localized systems of caring and sharing being cultivated by those same communities.
The gathering will aim to both provide a critical examination of the neoliberal, corporate agenda of the Global Climate Action Summit and highlight democratic, grassroots solutions being cultivated by Indigenous communities, communities of color and working class peoples around the world.
We are inviting proposals for participatory, open-space, 90-minute workshops that serve to center grassroots expertise, place-based knowledge and democratic voice - to be submitted under the following four themes:
Climate Capitalism has greenwashed its schemes by co-opting terms like Healthy Energy, Clean Energy and even Renewable Energy. This space will look at how place-based, community and worker led systems that apply principles of democratic self-determination are key to meeting the real energy needs of people and planet.We invite workshops that:- Highlight goals and principles of energy democracy- Highlight community solutions that respect the limits of solar, wind, water and earth use.- Examine organizing and policy strategies for advancing community-led energy.- Provide critical tools and strategies to stop corporate energy scams such as nuclear, fracked gas, waste incineration, biomass energy, clean coal and mega hydro projects- Examine corporate strategies to subsidize dirty energy, such as pollution trading and the financialization of nature.
JUST TRANSITION STRATEGIES
Neoliberal economic, trade and climate policies have started to provide cover for unfettered industrial development and growth, by adopting terms such as Diversity and Inclusion. This space will explore principles, policy pathways and organizing strategies led by communities and workers to build local, living, caring and sharing economies through sectors such as community housing, public transportation, community energy, food sovereignty, ecological restoration, community healthcare, zero waste, transformative justice and more.We invite workshops that serve to:- Highlight examples and success stories of community-led economies- Examine visionary models of community and worker controlled/owned industries- Discuss collaborative strategies between trade unions and community groups- Debunk the assumptions and metrics of corporate economic growth models- Examine the state of play in neoliberal economic, trade and climate policy arenas
Sustainable Development models have been used to exploit, impoverish, displace and gentrify communities of color and working class neighborhoods around the world, often under the guise of resource conservation, efficiency and even poverty alleviation. This space will examine how frontline communities define sustainability, including how decarbonizing strategies need to be coupled with strategies to detoxify, degentrify, demilitarize, decolonize, democratize our communities. We invite workshops that:- Share organizing strategies for decarceration and prison abolition, dismantling colonial borders and racist immigration policies, fighting militarization and police violence,- Provide frameworks for racial, economic, and gender justice. - Explore the application of place-based ecological knowledge and design principles - Discuss principles and strategies of “environmental justice and community wellbeing.- Examine corporate sustainability schemes such as the “Detroit Future Cities, and other green development plans that gentrify neighborhoods of the poor.
PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH
The corporations plundering the planet often use a Stewardship framework to continue to steal from, exploit, deplete and destroy our complex Land & Ocean ecologies. By creating elitist, global compacts and trade laws that give corporations power over nations, and through market tools (like eco-friendly branding) they expand the most destructive industries, while turning environmental conservation into its own extractive and profiteering sector. This space will share stories and strategies led by Indigenous and frontline communities to protect and care for the earth, water and sky.We invite workshop that:- Share community stories of struggle and success against extractive industries - pipelines, mines, smokestacks, waste dumping, industrial agriculture and more- Promote community-led pathways of stewardship, such as “Food Sovereignty”, “Zero Waste”, “Ecological Forestry”, “Ecosystem Restoration”- Explore translocal strategies to tackle global threats such as “plastics pollution”, “GMOs”, “biofuels trade”, “forest carbon investments”.- Center struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty. - Share strategies of resistance to gentrification, displacement, and other examples of commodification of Mother Earth.