Workshops

The following workshops are planned for Saturday 27th at Erasmus Hogeschool, Rue des Six Jetons 70, 1000 Brussel (map)

Food sovereignity
Food Sovereignty offers an alternative framework for food production, distribution and trade. It is based on prioritizing production primarily for local communities, and on challenging the current unbalanced food and agricultural system which contributes to almost half of the world’s greenhouse gases.
This workshop will explore the real local, regional and international alternatives Food Sovereignty brings to the debate on Climate Justice, and practical examples of public policies which can contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Forests, carbon trading and Redd
Carbon trading is a complex system with a simple goal: to make it cheaper for companies to continue polluting. New false solutions such as REDD, and reforms to expand the carbon market will be discussed at Cancun. This workshop aims to view the broader picture related to the social and environmental costs of implementing and expanding carbon markets and REDD through exploring the impacts of carbon trading thus far and the potential impacts of the new schemes on the ground.

Documentary on FSC labeling
We live in a world full of paper. To meet our greed for paper, massive plantations of fast growing trees are being planted in South Africa, Thailand and Brasil. This often happens despite protests from the local community, NGOs and indigenous people who are confronted by the environmental and social impacts.
The FSC label came about to stop the bad practices, and to promote sustainable forestry. But will companies still get the label when they run into conflict with local farmers, and indigenous peoples? An-Katrien Lecluyse and Leo Broers filmed the pulp and paper factories of Veracel in Brasil, which should never have been granted the FSC label.
A revealing documentary about the boundaries of sustainability.

Lithium for batteries : the case of Bolivia
In the early 90’s the people of Uyuni in the South of Bolivia chased the American company LithCo from the country. They solemnly pledged that their lithium reserves would never be exploited but by themselves. Now a government led project, supported by the people of Uyuni, is underway to produce the lithium from the Salt Lake of Uyuni.
Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, suffers from global warming. Its glaciers, to name but this effect, are melting. The country is on the forefront to fight global warming. Bolivia has decided to keep the lithium project in its own hands. Multinational companies may join in with know-how and money but will not own the lithium exploitation.
Many uncertainties surround Bolivia’s project. Lithium, the lightest metal, is the material to produce rechargeable batteries, for electronic devices and electric vehicles. But will electric vehicles take off as fast as the car manufacturers hope and predict? Production of lithium now essentially takes place in Chile and Argentina (from salt brines) and Australia (from rock). Four (groups of) companies monopolise production and trade, they are expected to make life difficult for Bolivia. The way Bolivia handles this case is in many ways unique and worth all our attention (Raf Custers, GRESEA, Brussels).

More information to come on the following workshops:
Nuclear power

Access to energy/access to water
Employment and the ecological crisis
Cochabamba Agreement, and the people’s protocol
Green Capitalism
Artivism
Extractive industry – indigenous people

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