Green deals in a time of pandemics. The future will be contested now! – Alfons Pérez, TNI (Spain), and Steffen Boehm, Exeter University (UK).
Alfons Pérez is the author of the book Green deals in a time of pandemics. Alfons is also a member of the ODG (Observatory del Deute i la Globalització), a Catalan NGO who elaborates critical analysis of complex and/or structural processes to show the visible (and not visible) impacts and risks of the economic and political system, producing tools that facilitate interpretation of the current context.
Steffen Boehm is Professor in Organisation and Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School in Penryn. Steffen engages in research on environmental activism and on political economy and governance of organization, and focused on understanding of the social struggles between business, government and civil society actors who often have different interests, facing divergent material realities and practices.
The webinar is based on the book “Green deals in a time of pandemics” and will reflect on the dangers of reinforcing the growth model with the arguments of absolute decoupling, the impacts of deepening extractivism in the interests of obtaining the critical raw materials for a green and digital transformation, and the risks of over-indebtedness that will once again activate austerity measures are more present than ever. In this context, large corporations are aligning themselves with green policies and are the key players in trying to capture the majority of available public resources.
In this webinar, Steffen and Alfons engaged in a conversation on the work of many collectives and movements that have built green alternatives to the official EU approach to sustainability and that have no fear of tackling a structural, systemic and radical critique of capitalism, patriarchy and colonialism.
Recording available on the ReTraCE ITN YouTube channel.