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(en) Anarchists of Gran Canaria: Collapse and alternatives: anti-capitalism and self-management (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 20 Oct 2019 08:51:55 +0300

The situation on our planet has never been so alarming. 60% of vertebrate species reduced since 1970, 13 million hectares deforested in the last 10 years, 30% of thaw only during the twentieth century and an increase in the average temperature of the planet since 2015 of 1º C (and will continue to rise 0 '2º C per year). In 2018, carbon dioxide emissions, far from being reduced, grew 2.7%. Meanwhile, 92% of the world's population breathes unhealthy air, responsible for 8.8 million deaths worldwide (10,000 in Spain). Heat waves aggravate the diseases of the weakest by increasing mortality, to the point that that of 2003 caused 70,000 deaths throughout Europe (6,000 in Spain). All these data are an incontestable reality,

The dilemma, which has been raised with notable media success, between rebellion and extinction is well posed. Another different thing is the way to face it. We will not avoid the "extinction" conserved this economic and social model. Nor "humanizing" the free market talking about making the system of production and consumption "sustainable", when it is necessary to break with the culture of growth and "development" and put an end to the economic structure that imposes it: capitalism. Nor is "rebellion" possible from the hierarchical institutions and the polls. Not from legislative decrees that try to make the planetary deterioration "acceptable" and "regulate" the deadlines to reach the environmental collapse. Nor from municipalities that declare themselves incompetent or from states that serve as a fortress to the interests of the economic structure,

The ecological crisis, which threatens to destroy life on the planet in a relatively short historical period, is based on a suicidal productive economic model and a vertical and delegational political management. A model that needs to stimulate a disproportionate and unsustainable consumerism and a political management that regulates it. There are no effective formulas within capitalism, no matter how much its "tamers" create it domesticable. There are no resolving solutions within the State, no matter how much their new visible faces drink craft beer and go to the assemblies of some CSOA. Our way of life can only continue for a few more years, at the cost of increasing the predation of the populations and resources of the "poor countries" and the peripheries of the "central countries."

It is necessary to weave an environmentalist, anticapitalist and antistatist discourse, which faces the situation that lies ahead and not be distracted by false hopes. That breaks the hegemony in the story of those who promise us an "agreed ecological exit" between multinationals and governments, hiding causes and culprits of the crisis. And that it can only hinder any progress, if not, directly, disarticulate the basic ecological struggle for the next decades. It is essential to articulate our different local sector struggles with the ability to establish massive resistance strategies that allow us to give a collective response to a problem of global scale.

The existential threat of the planet itself and millions of lives, requires not to disregard any kind of struggle, provided they come from horizontal structures, from bottom to top. And to question those that will offer us compulsively through the great means of disinformation the same that have generated the problem. The dilemma is: save capitalism, or the planet and living beings.

For all this we call on alternative unions, collectives, platforms, spaces, counterinformative media and interested individuals, so that they give support and collaboration to an independent initiative that, combining different sensitivities, we are carrying out - from alternative thinking and militancy - to assemble an anti-capitalist and anti-government response that lives up to the circumstances.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., the presentation of an event will take place in Madrid, at the Anselmo Lorenzo Libertarian Studies Foundation (c / Peñuelas, nº 41, metro Ambassadors). In it we will try to lay the foundations that allow us to develop this collective response.

We will have the assistance of several companions and groups specialized in developing theories and practices that promote the fight against the myths of development and growth, the defense of the territory and revolutionary environmentalism.

Speakers: Carlos Taibo, Barbaria Collective, Cul de Sac Collective, Miquel Amorós and Pedro Prieto.

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