Social-ecological transformation

© Bernd Dongowski
***An Italian and French version of the report can be found at the bottom of the page***   The "Steel is the future" conference took place on 13 April 2024 in Salzgitter (Information Centre of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH)** Here you can find the conference programme. Opening In his opening speech, Heinz Bierbaum, Chairman of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, pointed out that steel is irreplaceable for the socio-ecological transformation and that the steel of the future must be green steel. And how important IG Metall and the works councils are for ...
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A poster of Ada Colau’s campaign for Barcelona’s municipal election in May 2023
A poster of Ada Colau’s campaign for Barcelona’s municipal election in May 2023
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The local and regional (autonomous community) elections of May 2023 marked a shift to the right across most of the Spanish state. Barcelona was no exception: the intense mobilization of the richest neighbourhoods and the electoral stagnation of Barcelona en Comú, the party with which Ada Colau had governed the city since 2015, made the conservative ex-mayor Xavier Trias the candidate with the most votes, at the head of the pro-independence party Junts. Colau lost the office of mayor, which she had held for eight years, and her party backed the ...
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Nothing but a fig leave? Amager Bakke is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen and a showpiece of the country’s green transition.
Nothing but a fig leave? Amager Bakke is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen and a showpiece of the country’s green transition.IMAGO
We hear it regularly: the story that Denmark is a frontrunner in the green transition. But many facts tell another story. Looking at the small Scandinavian nation from the agricultural, industrial, fisheries or biomass point of view, the overall picture is not exactly green. Instead, we see a country that has specialised in projecting a green image and talking about its climate-goals and ambitions, while neither meeting those goals, nor living up to those ambitions. Here’s a walk-through. In April 2023, Danish media revealed that officials from ...
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Event Report Friday, 1 December 2023 from 5 pm to 6.30 pm (Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam) Speakers: Daniel Santini (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Sao Paulo, Brazil), Cristiane Costa Goncalves (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, engineer, Brazil), Conor Farrell (Urban Public Transport, European Transport Workers' Federation), Judith Dellheim (Berliner Energietisch, Germany), Rika Müller-Vahl (#wirfahrenzusammen, Germany) Facilitation: Manuela Kropp (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels) In Germany, the ...
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Mobility is a basic human need. Over the last 100 years, the automobile has revolutionised the transport of people and goods. The automotive industry is a core industrial sector employing millions of people in Germany, Europe and the world. The trade unions in the metal sector are strong and powerful organisations without which the enforcement of social rights would have been impossible. But the costs and irreversible damage caused by the fossil fuel era are now undeniable. The technology based on the burning of fossil fuels is reaching its ...
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Groups fighting for energy democracy at all levels of society are leading resistance and remedies towards a better future. Profit-driven energy models have escalated the climate crisis, failed to decarbonise our energy systems, and do not provide universal access to clean, affordable energy. We need to unite globally to transition to public energy systems rooted in justice, solidarity and democracy. The global energy democracy movement recognises that the energy transition is an urgent opportunity to reclaim our energy systems from the market and put ...
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EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen speaks at a press conference on the European Green Deal Industrial Plan, 2 February 2023.
EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen speaks at a press conference on the European Green Deal Industrial Plan, 2 February 2023.IMAGO / Le Pictorium
When European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen first unveiled the European Green Deal (EUGD) back in December 2020, some commentators, faced with the difficult task of characterizing a very broad set of proposals, argued that whatever it was, the deal did not deserve to be described as green industrial policy. This argument was mainly based on the fact that the climate targets contained in the EUGD were detached from any transformative measures at either the sectoral or macroeconomic level. At the time, the European Commission seemed unwilling to ...
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An introductive video seriesTo speak of feminist economics is not simply to give a surname to something as orthodox as classic economic studies. Feminist economics re-think traditional analyses and include in them all those invisible activities that are nevertheless indispensable for life to exist and for society to function. Activities that, traditionally, have been taken care of by women's hands. Feminist economics not only observe, but also proposes political action around this idea. In this series of videos, we will look at different aspects of feminist economics based...
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Louise Schmidt, RLS Brussels
Cycling, walking and public transport during the pandemic and in times of rising cost of livingPublic panel discussion on October 1, 2022 at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels Here is the link to the full program: https://www.rosalux.eu/en/topic/23.events.html?id=1290   Speakers: - Ludwig Lindner of the Initiative Berlin Autofrei, Berlin (Germany). - Zoran Bukvic from the initiative Streets for cyclists, Belgrade (Serbia) - Leila Lahssaini, Member of Parliament of the Belgian Left Party PTB in Brussels (Belgium) - Cristina ...
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This essay discusses five currently ongoing struggles that open new windows of opportunity for the necessary mobility turnaround in our cities. The first is the currently pending regulation of platform work in the EU, which will also affect the mobility provider UBER. This will determine whether UBER will remain a dangerous public transport competitor or not. Secondly, the current crisis of rising costs of living is intensifying the discussion about public transport for fare-free or greatly reduced prices. Measures that some EU member states have taken are ...
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