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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #284 - Kurdistan: Make Rojava Green Again: supporting the ecological revolution (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:25:53 +0300

Since 2012, Rojava has been experiencing political and social emancipation, driven by the Kurdish left. It is in this context that agricultural and ecological projects are implemented to build food and energy autonomy, a crucial issue to preserve and develop the revolution. ---- From the French colonial domination of the Mandate over Syria (1920-1946) to that of the Ba'ath Party regime, Rojava, a predominantly Kurdish territory in northern Syria, was subjected to the agricultural policies that served the interests rather than those of the people. Monoculture of wheat in Cizirê, olive in Afrin and a mixture of both in Kobanê. These agricultural policies have been accompanied by almost complete deforestation ; to such an extent that trees were even banned, consuming water for crops. It is within this framework that the Internationalist Municipality of Rojava, which brings together activists who have come to learn from the revolution, has started the ecological campaign " Make Rojava Green Again ", Focused primarily on reforestation in cooperation with the Ecological Committee of the Canton of Cizirê. While the Revolution of Rojava, which began in 2012, continues with the slogans of liberation of women, the democratization of society and the coexistence of peoples within the system of democratic confederalism, that of ecology. has not yet been fully implemented. The ideological basis of the Kurdish movement's ecological thinking, largely inspired by Murray Bookchin and the principles of social ecology, is very rich. It is by following it that important efforts are already made to diversify the crops, to replant deserted zones of vegetation or the avenues of the big cities, and especially to try to develop a food and energy autonomy. But agriculture, like the rest of the flora, remains subject to meteorological hazards and to the active policies of drying up put in place by the Turkish state. This, by dams in Northern Kurdistan or underground water pumps along the border, significantly reduces the flow of the Euphrates and Belix River and is responsible for the dramatic lowering of groundwater levels. .

Activists in the fields
The Internationalist Municipality of Rojava therefore decided to get involved, or rather to land, and started a tree nursery on the grounds of the Internationalist Academy being built in the Cizirê region. Vines, fig trees, olive trees and others are maturing in a non-profit cooperative, and will be mainly replanted in the Hayaka Nature Reserve, located next to Derik, but also sold at cost to all structures who will ask for trees. When the academy receives the next activists, those in addition to the ideological formation on the principles of the revolution - including ecology - and learning the language, will do the necessary physical work in nursery, ! But the campaign does not stop there, the goal is also to make the place of the academy a model of ecological village: sorting of waste, compost and possibly recycling on the spot ; sewage separation and reuse system for watering and fertilization ; construction of autonomous energy production means. But today, the future wind turbine is still a rusty iron tower waiting in the grass that we come to give it life. For all these projects to emerge, more hands, brains and funds are still expected.

Maria (Internationalist Municipality of Rojava)

More elements and information await you on the website of the Commune: Internationalistcommune.com
A complete brochure on the campaign will be published soon in French.

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