6 January 4pm UTC | Webinar | Climate crisis vs. Capitalism
Time: 6 January, Thursday, 16:00 UTC
Organized by: Polen Ekoloji
Moderator: Ibrahim Erok
Speakers: Sultan Gülsün and Güney Işıkara
Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-GgqzwiH9OM7U2hD0kAH7KkF541PWz8
Language: English only
Contrast between capitalism and ecosocialism in the context of ecological and social crisis:
The commodification of nature, unlimited accumulation of capital, exploitation of labor, and nature accompanying competition undermine the foundations of a sustainable future. Thus, it puts the earth’s ecosystem on which all living things interact at risk. The deep and systemic threat we face demands a systemic change. Ecosocialism offers a radical alternative that prioritizes social and ecological well-being. Reaching the connections between the exploitation of labor and the exploitation of nature, this idea opposes reformist market-based solutions because the capitalist production system that feeds on profit maximization is incompatible with societal equality and sustainability of nature.
Ecosocialism discussions from degrowth perspective:
Questioning capitalist growth is vital today to expose its destructive character as well as the fact that it comes at the expense of working people’s living standards. Moreover, a planned and coordinated degrowth of energy consumption (and output) in advanced countries in the short- to medium-run is necessary at least to avoid runaway climate change.
However, its corollary is not degrowth, but turning the issues of “growth/degrowth of what?”, “at what cost?”, “under which circumstances?” into political questions. The sublation of the economic and the political is implied in the self-governance of the working people. This does not require institutionalizing degrowth, which can become as socially blind as capitalist growth.
11 January | Webinar | Youth movement: radical and ecosocialist
Languages: English and French
Moderators: Rita Silva (Bloco de Esquerda) and Robert Mwesigye (Kibengo Youth Care Activists)
Disha Ravi (FFF India);
Maria Reyes (FFF Mexico);
Mitzi Tan (YACAP); and
Patience Nabukalu (FFF Uganda)
13 January | Webinar | Ecosocialism 101
Time: 13 January, Thursday, 14:00 UTC
Organized by: Global Ecosocialist Network
Speakers: Jess Spear,John Molyneux, Michael Löwy
Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YiQZDKl7QhSMClN50hKHxw
This webinar will make the basic case for ecosocialism.
It will argue that capitalism, based on production for profit, is inherently incapable of stopping catastrophic climate change or resolving the wider environmental crisis.
Capitalism, driven to relentless economic growth and an ever widening metabolic rift between humans and nature has become the enemy of life on earth.
It must be replaced by a new sustainable ecosocialist society committed not only to the abolition of private property in the means of production and the abolition of exploitation but to the establishment of a fundamentally new society based on a harmonious, cooperative relationship with the natural world.
The webinar will also explain the role the Global Ecosocialist Network plays in the movement for system change through the international exchange , discussion and dissemination of ecosocialist ideas.
17 January | Webinar | Ecofeminism as working class politics
Time: 17 January, Monday, 14:00 UTC
Ecosocialism needs to be feminist. But how can we achieve this and what does this mean to the question of who will be the agents of the revolution we need?
On this webinar, we will have a conversation, counting with the special participation of Júlia Martí, Nina López, Selma James and Stefania Barca to start talking about who is currently doing the work required to fulfil our needs related to subsistence and care, and how this reproductive class relates to the more traditional sense of working class.
This will initiate the conversation on the session we will have in Lisbon on the Ecosocialist Encounters, where we will also talk about how the ecofeminists can organize towards the ecosocialist revolution: what works and what doesn’t? What else should we try?
Join us in thinking about an ecofeminist working class, one that can truly encompass the marginalized majority of labor on earth, and which gives priority to the kind of work needed to resist and survive in a burning world and to build a different society centered on life and care.”
Languages: only English