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(en) Sicilia Libertaria: Firefighters in action. Against the environmental party (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Mar 2023 07:27:17 +0200

From an environmental point of view, 2023 began with the action of the activists of the Last Generation, the ecological group that has stood out the most in recent months. At 7.50 am on 2 January, the Senate building in Rome was daubed with orange paint by the group calling for the abandonment of fossil fuels because, as the note subsequently released states, "the government and the political class continue to finance and encourage a development model that accelerates the eco-climatic collapse and condemn their own fellow citizens to suffering and death". Although it was washable paint, which disappeared in a few minutes, the predictable and ridiculous outrage of all parties was accompanied by the equally predictable and ridiculous repressive action. There are currently two most serious cases: for an activist, the Pavia police station has asked for special surveillance, assuming it was Matteo Messina Denaro, while three other activists are on trial for private violence, damage and possession of weapons in public.

A few days later in the village of Lützerath, in western Germany, hundreds of environmentalists from all over Europe (also from Italy) tried with their own bodies to prevent the demolition of the village which, according to the intentions of the German multinational RWE, is preparatory to the extension of what is already today one of the largest coal mines in Europe. The two episodes testify, as largely predictable and as we had long hoped for in our small way, the radicalization of the new environmentalist galaxy, which ranges from Fridays for Future to Extinction Rebellion and Ultima Generazione, with the hope that others will soon be able to structure or appear on the horizon. The new movements, united by their attention to the climate crisis which in their interpretation is the most serious emergency to face, not only have they personally tested the stellar distance between their requests and the interests represented by the parties but have accomplished in the last year and half a notable path made of study and contaminations.

A ferment that bodes well, provided you don't give in to the usual sirens of firefighters. Like those agitated in recent days by the newspaper Domani, directed by the former Bocconian Stefano Feltri and financed by the former publisher of the Republic Carlo De Benedetti. And what is the easiest and most attractive temptation that can be offered to an incandescent and (perhaps) pre-revolutionary movement? But of course, the elections! And in fact just in January Domani came out into the open, through a series of editorials and articles, making explicit an appeal that in recent months he had actually prepared through increasingly heartfelt invitations: we need a new environmentalist party! Already on 1 December last Ferdinando Cotugno, probably at this moment the most followed environmental journalist in Italy, wrote that the "climate movements are tired of waiting for the attention of the Democratic Party in its eternal congress or the growth of the Greens, after September elections the conversation on the possibility of creating a new political entity is fully underway". Even if the new party is currently more in Cotugno's mind than in the facts, two other events then gave a hand to this construction. On the one hand, the Italian Greens, who arrived in parliament by the skin of their teeth, tried to intercept the new climatic demands without however ever arousing great appreciation and in recent months, entangled in the story of the deputy Soumahoro, have already shown the younger ones that they are equal to other parties. On the other hand, in Germany, the Greens, who are in government there in one of the typical Teutonic coalitions, immediately disregarded their electoral promises, giving way to the return of coal, the maintenance of nuclear power plants and the replacement of Russian gas with regasifiers. Faced with this unreliability, the refrain is always the same: you are young and beautiful, you are right, make your case count in this democracy which may not be the most beautiful in the world but it is the only possible alternative, start from the municipalities, where you will be able to build a civic alliance and make your experiences and sensitivities available.

Instead of sowing conflict, Tomorrow calls on the climate movements to sow defeat. Instead, much more weighted analyzes would need to be launched, based above all on the study of the "old" environmentalism, which has been completely harmless for some time and which has become wrapped up in a bland associationism that limits itself to marrying individual campaigns without being able to affect collectively nor, much less , almost never win a fight. On the contrary, becoming the bearer of industrial interests and a slave to state prebends.

It would be useful to be able to bring back to the territories the context analyzes that climate movements have managed to elaborate, in a comparison that is really an exchange, putting aside the hegemonic desires and the old languages that tire the new generations. It would be necessary to broaden a radicalization which, albeit still timid, is one of the last hopes to cling to in order to tackle enormously complex cases, to limit ourselves to Sicily, such as the Argo-Cassiopea gas pipeline in Gela or the Priolo refinery or the bridge over the strait over which the new climate movements have said little or nothing. It would help to get out of the deception of environmental protection seen solely as a defense of the existing, because ecological conservatism is one of the two matrices, together with industrial production, on which the current right in government is based, albeit in a contradictory way. In other words, it is necessary to develop an idea of the world that makes environmental issues feel desirable, going beyond apocalyptic language, so that the environment is not perceived only as a sacrifice to be faced or to be delegated to the good will of individuals. Other than an environmentalist party, an environmentalist revolution is needed here.

Andrea Turco

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