Beyond Gas - connecting struggles in North and South
Alternative gas conference for about 60 people - grassroots activists, NGOs, politicians and scientists - from Europe and worldwide.
Thursday, 20 September:
What has been done so far, getting to know each other, supply chains, struggles in North and South, timeline, working groups
Friday, 21 September:
Counter-narrative, planning activities and connecting struggles, agreeing on next steps
Saturday, 22 September:
A whole day for grassroots activists from North and South (open to all participants of the conference) - exchange and training on challenges of grassroots groups and strategies how we can better support each other.
The objective of the gas network is to become a strong coalition to combat the global gas lock-in. The common ground of the network is the shared perspective of climate justice: it is about dependence on fossil fuels, climate change, the effects of extractive industries on health, environment and livelihoods at the local level in North and South. The network unites grassroots groups, NGOs, politicians and scientists. There are many differences, but also many commonalities.
Recent joint activities of the network include campaigns against the (European) "Projects of common interest", support of the struggles in South Italy against the TAP-pipeline and the Speakers-Tour "United Beyond Gas". In October 2018 the decentralised global action day Gasdown-Frackdown will take place.
Main objective of this year's gas conference is to connect struggles, exchange knowledge and experiences and inform each other, learn from each other, find out how we can better support and strengthen each other's work, and most importantly to discuss strategies and plan and coordinate common activities.
In last year's conference, we worked on gas supply chains to Europe (Russia, North Africa and USA), on an alternative narrative of gas (not a bridge fuel, not clean), learned from resistances in the North and South, planned activities for the coming year and formed six working groups.
This year we want to continue working on gas supply chains. They link European countries with countries of the Global South and decisions on one side have a strong impact on the other. Using these links as a common ground will make our global gas movement stronger and more resilient.
We will hear lots of stories from struggles in the North and South. We will learn about the impacts of natural gas production and new infrastructures, and about the challenges and strategies of local groups.
To continue the work on a counter-narrative we propose a session on "renewable gas" as well as on fossil gas. This will make us stronger in challenging the "gas is clean" and "gas is a transition fuel"-discourse of the gas industry lobby.
Public and private banks support the global growth of the natural gas sector by financing gas extraction and infrastructure. We will discuss how we can challenge this and inform each other about ongoing defund-campaigns.
We will make sure you will meet the right people for your future work. There should be plenty of time to meet and get to know each other and connect struggles.
We will have several strategy sessions and lots of room to plan activities of the coming year. Starting with a stock-take of the existing working groups, we go ahead and take on new ideas. Final preparations for the global Gas-Frack-Down-Action-Day can be coordinated.
The last day of the conference is entirely dedicated to a training for grassroots groups (all conference participants can join!). It is about getting to know each other better, supporting each other better and talking about the challenges faced by local groups and in local fights.
English and others
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels, Rue Saint-Ghislain 62, BE-1000 Brussels
CEO, Counter Balance, FOEE, FWE, Gastivists Collective, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels, and others
Marlis Gensler, marlis.gensler(at)rosalux(dot)org