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(en) European PGA* Conference Newspaper - Global Perspectives – Which Future project

Date Sat, 07 Oct 2006 09:16:42 +0200

From a working group formed in Dijon
The world is at the threshold of an energy, environmental and
economic crisis that will end the present-day occidental way of life.
Fossil fuels, the energy drug that has so hugely accelerated growth
for the last two centuries--and on which practically all our transport
and production depend, are running out. At the same time, their use
is provoking unprecedented climatic changes that are causing huge
problems (of water and many other nasty things like hurricanes,
extreme heat, cold and general climatic instability, increasing sea
level, species extinctions and ecological imbalances). The question
is WHO will determine the future, the kind of society that will
perhaps survive the coming crisis.

The ruling classes are already designing their future to try to
preserve their privileges and power : hugely increased inequalities,
including in the North (no more pensions, social rights, etc.);
totalitarian governments manipulating permanent war, xenophobia,
fundamentalisms, etc.; even more disastrous attempts to counter
(and make money out of) the growing environmental and energy
problems : GMOs, nuclear energy, massive biofuel agribusiness
(already being planned to take the place of the rain forests of the
south), speculations in « pollution rights », etc.

BUT countless and varied struggles are also fighting the different
aspects of this program and trying to preserve or develop the
possibilities for an alternative future. There is also already a more or
less clear consciousness of the links between these struggles and
perspectives. For example, the last PGA global conference in 2001
added a statement about climate change to its manifesto, alongside
of the visions of the indigenous peoples, farmers organisations, etc.

Our project is to try to further clarify the links between the different
problems and struggles and contribute to the unification of these
themes, visions and networks of struggle that are still often treated in
a relatively isolated manner - to encourage the development of
solidarity, of a common vision and common campaigns.

Themes to be linked: Oil wars, geopolitics, energy crisis Climate
change The limits of growth, necessity of negative growth, critiques
of development and growth. Autonomy and self-sufficiency
perspectives in: ...Northern alternative experiences

* .. Indigenous resistances
* .. Peasant communities struggles

First steps we propose. Develop some more this proposal in order to:
- Contact the Climate Change Camp and Rising Tide campaign
Contact the Oil Watch network, which has already made a call for a
similar process. Contact networks discussing and mobilizing on the
energy crisis (like crisisenergetica.org and peakoil.net ) Contact
groups interested in negative growth (decroissance people in
France), people who worked at Bellevue site of conférence and
others working on practical self-sufficiency, autonomy projects.
Propose the subject for the possible Zapatista Encuentro. Contact
networks or groups working on oil/antiterrorist wars, etc. Propose
the discussion on the global PGA network, proposing that
indigenous, peasant organisations, northern groups, etc., work
together on the subject, for example before the next global

Contacts for interested persons: < enric@moviments.net >, Olivier <
elviejo@greenmail.ch >
* PGA is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action network
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