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How imperialism drives the climate catastrophe | Decolonial Learning Session #14

Towards a people’s green new deal

Nearly a billion people have no access whatsoever to electricity, whilst the rich are embarking on space trips and fantasize about colonizing mars. Yet the climate crisis is not just marked by economic inequality. It is marked by imperialism. 92 percent of the climate catastrophe engulfing the planet is caused by Global North, robbing formerly colonized countries of the atmospheric space required to ensure humane living standards. To make matters worse, every year immense amounts of resources and labor-power are drained from the Global South to the Global North, to maintain a wasteful consumption lifestyle that is killing the planet.

This fossil-based capitalism is backed by a massive imperial army of NATO, a bloc of rich countries spending more on the military than the rest of the world combined. A bloc that is invading nations, overthrowing governments and brutally sanctioning entire peoples that refuse to bow down. Proposals for a Green New Deal that do not tackle imperialism are bound to fail, exacerbating a system that is marked by climate apartheid. Max Ajl will be joining us to unpack the various Green New Deal proposals that are out there, and help us find out what an anti-imperialist climate strategy could look like.

For the audio recording, click here.

Bio: Max Ajl

Max Ajl is the author of the critically acclaimed book A People’s Green New Deal, which scrutinizes the most famous green new deal proposals and offers an eco-socialist and anti-imperialist alternative. Max is an associated researcher with the Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment, an associate editor at Agrarian South & Journal of Labor and Society, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University. He is currently working on a book about the role of peasants in the underknown Tunisian revolution of 1942-1956. Throughout his work, Max focusses on national liberation, peasant struggles and anti-imperialism.

Additional reading:

> A People’s Green New Deal, by Max Ajl, 2021. Click here.

> People’s Agreement of Cochabamba at World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Click here.

> The Age of Imperialism is Not Over—But We Can End It, Click here. 

> “Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary” by Jason Hickle in The Lancet Planetary Health, 2020. Click here. 

> Red Vegans Against Green Peasants, New Socialist, Click here. 

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Co-existence of traditional medicine next to conventional medicine in the post-colonial Caribbean | Decolonial Learning Session #13

How does traditional medicine co-exist next to conventional medicine in the post-colonial Dutch Caribbean?

During this Decolonial Learning Session Durwin Lynch will touch upon inter-and transgenerational traumas of Dutch Caribbean (sub)communities in relation to colonialism, racism and oppression. In his view embracing traditional healing practices, that have in general been kept ‘invisible’ throughout history, might support healing processes of inter and transgenerational trauma. He will focus his talk on exploring the deeper rooted tensions that both support and hinder the coexistence of traditional and conventional Western medicine/healing in the Dutch Caribbean. What are the historical roots of these tensions? To what extent is a potential bridge between traditional and conventional Western medicine/healing desirable and possible?

For the audio recording, click here.

Bio Durwin Lynch:

Durwin Lynch originates from the Dutch Caribbean (born in Surinam, raised on Curacao) and has a strong interest in addressing inter-and transgenerational trauma healing of Dutch Caribbean (sub) communities. He works as a PhD Researcher on the topic of ‘Public Engagement in Science’ at the Athena Institute Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is the Program Coordinator of the Master Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences.

Additional reading:

> Advances and Challenges in Safeguarding Traditional Medicine in Curaçao,  in Traditional Medicine: Sharing Experiences from the Field, by R. Ansano, 2019. Click here.

> Hende a Hasi Malu Pé: Popular Psychiatric beliefs in Curacaoan Culture, by R. M. Allen, 2005. Click here.

> Traditional healing practices originating in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao: A review of the literature on psychiatry and Brua, in Transcultural psychiatry, 52(6), 2015. J Blom et al. Click here.

> Interview with Kevin Osepa – The Curaçao Artist Exploring Afro-Caribbean Spiritual Culture. Click here.

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Dutch colonialism in the 21st Century Caribbean | Decolonial Learning Session #12

Colonial politics and practices of the Netherlands on Bonaire and other Caribbean islands.

In this learning session, Kjelld Kroon will share with us how Bonaire experiences colonial politics from the European Netherlands in the 21st century. Leading to the questions: How can it be that the Netherlands that speaks so much of human rights and equality is violating these principles so systematically in the so called ‘Dutch Caribbean’? How can colonialism have ended when there are ‘oversea territories’ and can there be such a thing as ‘fair’ dependency?

For the audio recording, click here.

Bio Kjelld Kroon:

Kjelld Kroon comes from Rincon/Bonaire and studies in Leiden. He is an activist for Bonaire’s political rights and did an internship at Human Rights Bonaire in 2021. As a philosophy student; Global and comparative perspectives (Leiden) he specializes in decolonial and political philosophy.

Further reading material:

> The Dutch Caribbean Municipalities in Comparative Perspective by Wouter Veenendaal, In Island Studies Journal, Vol. 10 No.1, 2015. Click here.

> Bonaire’s Green Paper: Re-listing Bonaire on the United Nations’ List of Non-Self-Governing Territories, Foundation Nos Kier Boneiru Bek, Bonaire, 2017. Click here.

> Decolonising the Caribbean Dutch Policies in a Comparative Perspective by Inge Klinkers & Gert Oostindie. Click here.
> Political decolonization and self-determination : the case of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba . Click here.

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