[act-ma] 12/04 Next Peoples Green New Deal PGND teach-in

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Nov 30 13:16:17 PST 2020

Boston Science for the People writes

Just a reminder that our next (and last) teach-in, *Envisioning an 
Internationalist Green New Deal*, will take place on *Friday, Dec. 4, 
3.30-5 pm EST*. Zoom registration link: 
<https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vdOmoqjIvHd0u6ObvSatjwmboDIM1VXPm> (closed 
captioning will be available). Simultaneous Spanish 
translation/interpretation will be available here - 
https://meet.mayfirst.org/pgnd <https://meet.mayfirst.org/pgnd>.

Below is a short description of the teach-in and the panelist bios. You 
can also find recordings of our past teach-ins here 

Teach-in 7: Envisioning a Internationalist Green New Deal

While the Green New Deal (GND) proposal of Ocasio Cortez and Markey is 
understandably focused on what needs to be done in the US to address the 
climate crisis in an equitable manner, what is "equitable" is viewed 
almost entirely in US terms. No attention is paid to the role played by 
US-based fossil fuel corporations like Exxon and Chevron and 
agrochemical corporations such as Dow and Dupont in the global expansion 
of oil and gas extraction and industrial agriculture or to the 
devastation wrought on communities near the mines that are the source of 
the minerals required for renewable energy. In this teach-in we will dig 
into the intersections between climate change and imperialism and make 
the case that, to be genuinely equitable, as well as effective, a 
radical GND must be international in scope and internationalist in 
vision. The panelists will address questions such as the following:


    What sorts of proposals similar to the GND have been made outside of
    the US?


    What would it look like to place decolonization at the center of the


    How could the GND place limits on extractivism in the Global South?


    How are communities in the Global South challenging extractivism and
    industrial agriculture?


Lala Peñarandacoordinates Latin American trade unions at Trade Unions 
for Energy Democracy and is a co-founder of Science for the People NYC. 
She is the Americas co-chair for the DSA International Committee and 
previously worked with unions in Colombia on agrarian reform.


Max Ajl is an associated researcher with the Tunisian Observatory for 
Food Sovereignty and the Environment and a postdoctoral fellow with the 
Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University. He writes on the place 
of the countryside in global development, and researches Tunisian 
national liberation, planning and political economy, and Arab dependency 
theory and agrarian issues. His forthcoming book is A People’s Green New 
Deal,and among his recent articles are “Does the Arab Region Have an 
Agrarian Question?”and “The hidden legacy of Samir Amin: delinking’s 
ecological foundation.”

Sergio Beldais lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Economics at 
the University of Valencia. He has academic and activist experience in 
the fields of transformative consumption and bottom-up organizations for 
eco-social transitions. He has played an active part in local social 
movements in Valencia in the last 15 years, particularly regarding food 
sovereignty and the right to the city.

Thea Riofrancosis an assistant professor of political science at 
Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a 
Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021). Her research focuses on resource 
extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social 
movements, and the left in Latin America. These themes are explored in 
her book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism 
in Ecuador(Duke University Press, 2020) and her co-authored book, A 
Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019). She is 
a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and serves on the 
steering committee of the organization's Ecosocialist Working Group.

Jennifer Tanghas an MA in European Culture, Society, and Politics from 
the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her thesis "Shell 
#makethefuture and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in Nigeria: 
how a fossil fuel corporation obstructs climate justice through climate 
action denial" explored how Royal Dutch Shell and its allies manufacture 
a false dichotomy between energy access and climate action to lock in 
decades of fossil fuel dependence and delay Nigeria's just transition to 
renewable energy. She currently organizes with Solidarity & Mutual Aid 
Jersey City and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the 

Brian Wardis an educator, socialist and activist who lives in Madison, 
Wisconsin (occupied Ho-Chunk Land), and has lived and worked on Pine 
Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. He is a 
member of The Red Nation-Great Lakes and People's Green New Deal 
Madison. He contributed to the book 101 Changemakers: Rebels and 
Radicals Who Changed U.S. Historyand his writing has appeared in The 
Nation, Truthout, New Politics, Science for the People, and more.

Seminario 7: Visualizando un "Green New Deal" Internacionalista

La propuesta de Green New Deal (GND; Nuevo Pacto Verde) de la Diputada 
Ocasio Cortez y el Senador Markey se centra, comprensiblemente, en los 
pasos necesarios en Estados Unidos para abordar la crisis climática de 
manera equitativa. Sin embargo, lo "equitativo" de la propuesta se 
restringe casi totalmente a Estados Unidos. No se presta atención al 
papel de las empresas de combustibles fósiles estadounidenses, como 
Exxon y Chevron, y las empresas de productos agroquímicos 
estadounidenses, como Dow y Dupont, en la expansión mundial de la 
extracción de petróleo y gas y de la agricultura industrial, ni a la 
devastación que sufren las comunidades cercanas a las minas que proveen 
los minerales necesarios para la energía renovable. En este webinario 
profundizaremos en las intersecciones entre el cambio climático y el 
imperialismo, y argumentaremos que, para ser verdaderamente equitativo, 
así como efectivo, un GND radical debe tener un alcance internacional y 
una visión internacionalista. Lxs panelistas abordarán cuestiones como 
las siguientes:


    ¿Qué propuestas similares a la GND se han hecho fuera de Estados Unidos?


    ¿Cómo se puede poner la descolonización en el centro de la GND?


    ¿Cómo podría el GND poner límites al extractivismo en el Sur Global?


    ¿Cómo están luchando las comunidades del Sur Global contra el
    extractivismo y la agricultura industrial?

Traducción simultánea al español se proveerá aquí: 
https://meet.mayfirst.org/pgnd <https://meet.mayfirst.org/pgnd>


Lala Peñaranda-- Sindicatos por la Democracia Energética, Science for 
the People


Max Ajl --Observatorio Tunecino para la Soberanía Alimentaria y el Medio 
Ambiente, Universidad de Wageningen

Sergio Belda Miquel -- Facultad de Economía, Universidad de Valencia

Thea Riofrancos-- Comité Ecosocialista de DSA, Colegio de Providence

Jennifer Tang-- Solidaridad y Ayuda Mutua – Jersey City, Coalición 
Internacionalista por DDHH en Filipinas

Brian Ward-- La Nación Roja – Grandes Lagos, People's Green New Deal Madison

Nafis Hasan, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Kaplan Lab

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

Tufts University

nafis.hasan at tufts.edu <mailto:nafis.hasan at tufts.edu>, 
nafis.hsn at gmail.com <mailto:nafis.hsn at gmail.com>

Ph: 925 482 7542

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