Hamza Ghedamsi from “Model African Union”, Tunisia had the opportunity to be with the delegation of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung participating during 2018 Degrowth Summer School with the title “Shaping a Social-Ecological Transformation – perspectives from around the world“. The Degrowth Summer School took place between 29 July to 2 August 2018 in Pödelwitz near Leipzig, Germany. The NGO “Model African Union“ is partner of FES in Tunisia and works with them on many projects and activities, especially “The African Forum on Climate Justice“.
Here is Hamzas report:
The idea to have an open space were the camp for the summer school was established gave certain liberty to discover and to move between the tents. The differences methodologies too were interesting in general.
The program was diverse and full of workshops and courses happening in parallel, and panel discussions in the big tent. All topics related to climate change, energy transformation and social-ecological transformation.
As FES participants were from different countries, it was the opportunity to share different perspectives, different experiences and different fields of work.
(My point of view) Degrowth as concept aims to towards the establishment of a democracy based on minimalism in terms of consumption and the non dependence of capitalist economic mechanisms.
This raised a big question: if we change all the industries today and economic systems to green and just ones, what could happen to people already working in these fields and industries and their families… This question and other reflection came through the Trade Union Movement and International Labour Organization, which developed “Just Transition“ as a framework to include social interventions to secure workers situations and decent job when economies are switching to sustainable and green production, all this with the challenge of peace making and Human rights protection.
When exchanging experiences and challenges, many similarities came depsite the diversity of context and regions: Social Justice issues crossing with climate justice issues (Water resources, access to water, agriculture and migration, North-South polluting industries, natural disasters caused by climate change…).
As an experience, this summers school offered many perspectives and differents points of views with “almost“ the same big objective “Good Life for All“.