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(en) France, UCL AL #330 - Ecology, Useless and imposed major projects: New networks take root (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:56:44 +0300

Coalitions, common appeals, decentralized actions... In recent months, local struggles have multiplied shared initiatives and large-scale exchanges. A proliferation rich in perspectives offering new political spaces for ecological struggles. ---- Everything often starts right there, close to home. It is the road that will rip up the hill, a giant golf project, hillside reservoir, ZAC on agricultural land... "Small projects" if you look at them from afar, but which add up in the same logic of growth through destruction. Local projects, fought by local struggles, carried by a galaxy of associations and collectives, mobilized as much by other visions of the world as other visions of the inhabited territory. Because these "development" projects, systematically presented as "in the interest of the inhabitants", are always a confiscation, an authoritarian modification of the modes of living to convert an original place into a zone based on the production machine.

The local roots of these struggles are their strength. It could also be a weakness if they remained confined to neighborhood struggles. However, these struggles multiply meetings and decentralized actions, whether the Days against the reintoxication of the world[1]aimed at preventing the restart of the production machine in the wake of the confinement of 2020 and whose 5th wave - Back to Earth - s t was held on June 26th or the call of the Earth Uprisings which networks the struggles against agribusiness (and beyond) to organize mass actions on target struggles.

By including local struggles in a global fight, these coordinations allow their visibility, the expansion of their audience and the number of those who can join.


At the same time, through the encounters they promote, the diversity of experiences combine to produce a renewed analysis of capitalism in its most precise functioning. Each struggle, on its own terrain - road, agro-industrial, tourism, energy project, etc. - dissects a part of the system and reveals the skeleton that underlies the whole. During the coordinations, these parts come together in a puzzle that does not stem from pre-written theories but from a mosaic of analyzes based on concrete experiences. The productivist capitalist system is then revealed as much in its entirety as in its real and immediate implementation. At the same time, the struggles feed on each other, without seeking standardization. We do together at the same time as we continue to do at home, in our own way.

This is the path taken by La déroute des routes, for example, a coalition of collectives against road projects born last spring, and which has just launched a call for a moratorium on the abandonment of road projects. Another example, these 27 collectives of the Occitanie region, which published in June a common forum against the "major projects" carried out by local elected officials.

Thanks to these multiple networks, local struggles renew discourses and practices from the base, and build the opportunity to raise systemic demands thought from the field and its diversity.

Romain (UCL Montpellier)

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[1]Act against the reintoxication of the world, https://agir17.noblogs.org/ and on the networks

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