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ICTA-UAB to organize the fourth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

Date: 2017-05-02

Summer School on Degrowth

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)) and Research & Degrowth (http://www.degrowth.org) will organize the fourth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice, taking place in Cerdanyola del Vallès and Barcelona (Spain) and Cerbère (France), 25th June-7th July 2017.

Sustaining a life of diversity, fairness and justice requires transformations, or series of continuous transformations, slow and fast, big and small, throughout the entire spectrum of society. The Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice will reflect on transformations needed to achieve a sustainable, fair and just life. Attendants will talk about the type of transformations that result in absolute reductions of material and energy throughput and in environmental crimes and social injustice but also – that provoke and facilitate transformations in the attitudes leading towards embracing differences and enhancing conviviality.

Over the days of the school, they will consequentially look at the roots of degrowth and environmental justice, while exploring alternatives and transformational paths: starting with alternatives to extractivism and extractivist politics; moving on to alternatives to growth-based modes of organizing production and consumption emerging at the level of the community in the South and in the North; this will involve exploring the role of the commons and the relations of care.

Next, we will glimpse across the wider societal level, and in particular to the alternative and emerging approaches to governing the city. To this aim lessons will be drawn from the experiences of the civil platform governing Barcelona (Barcelona en Comú).

This summer school will propose alternatives to the standard teaching methods, by working in small groups and introducing new ways of ‘sensing’ and ‘seeing’. While morning sessions will be dedicated to standard academic lectures followed by discussion, all afternoons will be devoted to participative workshops, where the contribution of participants will be sought and required.

Last but not least one day will be dedicated to a visit and exploration of a nearby environmental conflict, from where participants will move on to Can Masdéu an occupied peri-urban, semi-rural, intentional community and social center on the outskirts of Barcelona, dedicated to experiencing social and environmental sustainability.

Course structure and description
The first week of the course will take place at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona), where the theoretical foundations of environmental justice and degrowth will be firstly laid out. Meanwhile they will explore exemplary projects and initiatives in the area.

The second week of the course will take place in Cerbère, in association with Can Decreix, a project of Research & Degrowth dedicated to put degrowth into practice here and now.

Further information here: https://summerschool.degrowth.org/

 

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