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(en) Political ecology: No social struggles without ecology + Antinuclear: Groundswell against the Japanese nuclear (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:01:17 +0200


Political ecology: No social struggles without ecology ---- A Saint-Imier, the commission ecology Alternative libertarian co-hosted a debate on the need to involve the transversality of social and ecological struggles and the awakening of political consciousness and ecological among libertarians. ---- What response to the crisis of capitalism in terms of ecological struggles? How can they do libertarians converge thoughts and actions against consumerism and productivism with those social struggles and trade unions? How to expand specific local environmental struggles? How social struggles and defense of employment they can integrate the environmental dimension? These questions have formed the backbone of our intervention. ---- Convinced both that the ecological struggles can ultimately lead without a radical rethinking of the current economic system, and secondly a productivist response to the crisis can only lead to environmental disasters, it appears natural link social and ecological struggles.

This calls for a focus on developing ecological consciousness remains insufficient among libertarians. Forces left more or less radical - Left Front, SYRIZA, EELV or ATTAC - are more illiberal than actually anti-capitalist. In fact, it is an illusion! Their logic is to promote regulation of capitalism based on a new productivism relocated and protectionist capitalism green or ecological planning (a term redolent of democratic centralism time!).

An environmentally responsible company

Ecological struggles are intended to gather transversally interest categories of different populations by bringing around common needs and against the destruction of the environment. Social struggles, in turn, sometimes get stuck in a logic that goes against ecological issues remaining compartmentalized frameworks imposed by capitalism. It is therefore out of a sectarian position and analyze how another social organization can lead to the emergence of a society where producer and user interaction are real, forming the basis of a socially and environmentally responsible. Although still insufficient awareness of the importance of the environmental issue rose from activists and political activists in the rest of society, while on the other hand the capitalists recognized and integrated the ecological crisis and its consequences.

Radical environmental awareness

It is therefore necessary to broaden the definition of ecology [ 1 ] as the limit for the defense of the environment is insufficient and is at best a mere obstacle to the destruction of the planet. It is essential to take a design of political ecology [ 2 ] cross all social struggles. And it is to radicalize, without any sectarianism, environmental awareness that develops on a background of green capitalism. For us it is a prerequisite for building an intervention "mass". Not forgetting the basics of class struggle and the answers proposed by the unions control the development of ecological awareness must become a priority. She must find expression in union struggles. Since libertarians are opposed to all forms of exploitation and alienation, and they can not they let the capitalists ecology. However, it is clear that the current libertarian as large as it is, is far from playing a role in his theoretical or investment in ecological struggles. These include more than denying this reality and try to provide solutions. Especially as the environmental issue is so urgent that it can no longer remain in the wake of the social question.

Michael (AL Nantes)

[ 1 ] Ecology is a science. The science of ecosystems, or more precisely the interrelationships among them.

[ 2 ] Political ecology seeks to balance the interrelationship between humanity and its environment (flora and fauna), thus ensuring their survival and biodiversity. It is not simply the protection of nature, concept inept if it is not attached to the reintegration of humanity in sustainable ecosystems.

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Antinuclear: Groundswell against the Japanese nuclear

Takuro Higuchi, Japanese sociologist and activist, gives an overview of the anti-nuclear protest that crosses the archipelago since the Fukushima disaster. The main elements that passed at meetings of Saint-Imier are here transcribed.
According to Higuchi Takuro, several factors contributed to the radicalization of anti-nuclear movements this summer: first, misinformation and lies of the government in disaster management, and secondly, the recovery since June, two central could exacerbate the discontent of the population. After the accident, the Japanese antinuclear movement took on a new dynamic. Struggles post-Fukushima relive the antinuclear movement that faltered.

Today, more radical, they have the support of the population: 80% of Japanese respondents are against nuclear power. Every Friday evening, tens of thousands of people gathered near the Parliament and the Prime Minister's residence. Interestingly, people self-organize outside parties and unions and prefer to go through the associations that form the collective Genpatsu Sayonara (Goodbye Nuclear). Despite their small numbers, the Japanese anarchists actively involved in this fight. From family, the protesters and demonstrators were 200,000 on July 29.

For now, events are controlled by the authorities, but they reflect a growing politicization. Many took to the streets for the first time, in contrast to the image that the Western media docile wish to give Japs. Other more radical actions as combos on the gates of power took place, but remain a small minority.

Responsibility of the State recognized

In early July, a commission of inquiry mandated by the Japanese parliament composed of members of civil society, concluded that the Fukushima nuclear accident was a "man-made disaster" resulting from "collusion between government, regulatory agencies and the operator Tepco, and a lack of governance of these bodies. " For the first time in the history of Japan, the Prime Minister received the delegates of the protesters, while preventing it listen as those who seek recovery plants. Despite this progress, everything remains to be done. Some question the absence of leader capable of leading this fight. The growing number of opponents and opponents of nuclear evidence to the contrary. To be continued. [ 1 ]

Nadège (Ami AL)

[ 1 ] A full interview with Higuchi Takuro will soon be published in the newspaper.
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