News | Climate Justice - Feminism Patriarchy vs. The Climate Event

Why Climate Justice Must Be Feminist. The discussion takes place at 7 pm on 30.11.2018.

The climate crisis is a result of the manner in which industrial societies deal with our planet.  Natural resources are exploited just like unpaid care work.  Effective solutions can only be brought about by putting human beings and social aspects – among them gender justice – at the center of the struggle against, or adjustment to, this climate crisis.  The reality, however, looks completely different: the applied logic is based upon growth and fossil resources, which defends subsidies that are harmful to the climate and clears forests in order to extract lignite.  It’s apparently impossible to eliminate privileges, such as use of company and government vehicles, even though other people rely upon making long journeys by foot, with a bicycle, or via public transport in order to reach kindergarten, get shopping done, get to work, and engage in leisure activities.  Yet even the latest special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the 1.5 °C goal agreed upon by the international community can only be achieved through a systemic transformation and a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  The climate negotiations that occur annually are not capable of ensuring that the industrial countries and the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are made accountable for their historical ecological debt, or that existing patriarchal, (neo)colonial, racist, and also classist power structures and mechanisms of oppression are dismantled.

At the same time, in many places of the world, there are various acts of resistance and engagement on behalf of climate justice, self-determination, and equal rights, which could coalesce into a common narrative.  This narrative shows that it’s worth fighting for transformative alternatives.  Shortly before the 24th UN Climate Conference, which will take place in December in Poland, our event offers the opportunity to come together in conversation with activists from South Africa, Ecuador, and Germany, to find out what the topics of feminism and climate justice have to do with each other. 

Inspired by Naomi Klein‘s book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate”, we want to highlight various local approaches.  We want to talk with our conversation partners about what success they’ve seen in their work, why it’s important to confront climate change with an intersectional narrative, and consistently confront the existing system with the demand for another political and economic model for social justice and for equal rights.  We’re interested in questions like: Why must feminism set the frame for the demand for climate justice?  How are farmers in South Africa fighting for “climate just” agriculture?  What methods are indigenous communities applying in order to defend their territories against market-based instruments of climate protection?  Is civil disobedience and occupying coal excavators only something for macho men?  Can climate justice be implemented by parliamentary means, and do other demands for justice play a role?

  • Opening address on feminism and climate justice: Patricia Bohland (GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice e.V.) and Nanna Birk (LIFE Bildung Umwelt Chancengleichheit e.V.)
  • Podium: Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC South Africa), Melissa Moreano (Critical Geographers Collective Ecuador), Ilana Krause (Ende Gelände), Lorenz Gösta Beutin (member of the Bundestag for DIE LINKE)
  • Moderation: Elsa Koester (der Freitag)

Date / Time: Friday, 30.11.2018 / 7 pm – 9 pm
Place: Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, 10999 Berlin

Participation is free. 

We request that you register by sending a brief message via email. Please address registrations and questions tosecretariat@gendercc.net.

There will be live translation in German and English.

The event is organized by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung - Gesellschaftsanalyse und politische Bildung e. V., GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice e.V. and LIFE Bildung, Umwelt, Chancengleichheit e.V..