A delegation of Global South scholars and activists are launching a lobbying and advocacy tour of European capitals to discuss the urgent issue of an ecosocial energy transition. The seven participants are following up on a global manifesto published this year decrying a new green colonialism and urging more equitable approaches to achieving a fossil-free future.
The delegation holds public events, meet with policymakers and NGOs, and engage with members of the media in Berlin, Brussels, and London from May 29 to June 2, 2023.
The mission of the delegation is to inject Global South perspectives into current European policy discussions around energy and environment.
The delegation will include the Right Livelihood award winner, a Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey; widely published Argentine sociologist and philosopher Maristella Svampa; the Fijian international human rights lawyer, Kavita Naidu; Indian activist-researcher, Madhuresh Kumar; Brazilian-Spanish activist-scholar, Breno Bringel; Venezuelan linguist and ecofeminist, Liliana Buitrago; and South African-Swedish scholar-activist, Vasna Ramasar.
The tour is organised by the Ecosocial and Intercultural Pact of the South, the Global Just Transition project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Global Tapestry of Alternatives.
In Berlin, the delegation will meet the press in the morning of May 30 and hold a public event co-sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
In Brussels, Maristella Svampa will participate in a public event “The Green Transition and Critical Minerals” on May 30.
Also in Brussels, on May 31, the delegation will meet with NGOs at Mundo-madou at noon co-sponsored by Oikos and Dirk Holemans.
On May 31 in Brussels, the delegation will hold a public event at co-sponsored by Broederlijk Delen at GEC in Ghent.
In London, in events co-sponsored by War on Want and Tipping Point, the delegation will meet with NGOs on June 1 at Kairos House. On June 2, in London, there be a public event at Pelican House.