[kehitysmaaliike-l] Register now! Moving beyond extractivism on 16 Aug 2018 at WERN2018 conference

Timo Kuronen timo.kuronen at siemenpuu.org
To Kesä 21 11:10:06 EEST 2018


Welcome to

two public events at the World-Eco­logy Research Net­work conference in 
Hel­sinki (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/world-ecology-2018), 
organized by Development Studies/ University of Helsinki and Siemenpuu 
Foundation!


*Moving beyond extractivism*

*What*: Two open World-Ecology conference sessions of activist-scholar 
dialogues, first a working group on activist experiences and strategies, 
and then a plenary panel for larger audience on resistance, activism and 
alternatives
*When*: 16 August 2018, 10:30-15:30  (exact time will be updated to 
conference programme page soon)
*Where*: University of Helsinki, Main building

Free of charge registration to the working group and plenary panel: 
Register here! <https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/90399/lomake.html>

*Facebook event*: XXXX

*1 Working Group
**Moving Beyond Extractivism: Dialogue on activist experiences and 
strategies***

This working group creates a dialogue space for activists that try to 
build or support movements that challenge extractivist fossil capitalism 
and aim to make a post-extractivist future possible. The session 
connects discussions and efforts striving for post-extractivism and 
post-consumerism. Thus far the critique of these two ends of 
extractivist economic processes have developed rather separately. The 
anti-consumerist campaigns in the affluent countries and the resistance 
struggles in the resource frontiers especially in the Global South would 
need to come together for a powerful re-imaging, articulation and 
mobilisation for a transformation to take place. The participants will 
also discuss the relevance of world-ecology perspective to their own work.

The following activist presentations lay the ground for the dialogue 
with the other activist participants:

·Resisting mining projects in Lapland, Finland by *Riikka Karppinen*

·Towards post-extractivism? Struggles against mining in Nicaragua by 
*Outi Hakkarainen*, Kepa association

·Oil struggles in Emohua and Port Harcourtin in River's States, Nigeria 
by *Tuula Pulkki*, WANA association

·Exiting the plutocene, by *Marko Ulvila*, post-growth study group

·Minerals as commons, by *Ruby van der Wekken*, Siemenpuu Foundation / 
Oma Maa

The contributors to the overall discussions in this working group include:

·*Khu Khu Ju, *a land right activist from Myanmar (Land in Our Hands 
network, Transnational Institute)

·*Kyi Phyo*, an energy activist and Myanmar coordinator of the Mekong 
Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net)

·*Uddhab Pyakurel, *a member of International Council of World Social 
Forum and an activist in South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy 
(SADED)

·*Soumitra Ghosh*, a social activist and independent researcher based in 
North Bengal, India

**

*2 Plenary panel
Moving beyond extractivism: resistance, activism, alternatives*

In an effort to connect World-Ecology discussions more closely with 
movement building of plenary session is devoted to a conversation 
between activist-scholars and activists. The plenary session will 
include an exploration of the following questions:

  * How to move beyond extractivism of various sorts (from extractive
    industries to the extrativism expressed in the new ‘bioeconomy’ and
    financialization of the economy)?
  * How to support and unite struggles of resistance across various
    resource and commodity frontiers?
  * How to bridge scholarly and activist work on extractivism?
  * How to imagine and build alternative futures beyond extractivism?

These questions will be approached with special attention given to 
strategies of collective organising in the resource frontiers and 
particularly in South and Southeast Asian contexts. Two of our speakers 
come from Myanmar which serves as a paradigmatic resource frontier which 
after its recent opening is experiencing a rush into its rich resources 
and a boom of extractive projects.

Speakers include activist scholar *Larry Lohmann* (UK), climate justice 
and forest activist *Soumitra Ghosh *(India), ecological democracy 
activist *Uddhab Pyakurel*(Nepal), water and energy activist *Kyi Phyo* 
(Myanmar), land right activist *Khu Khu Ju* (Myanmar) and de-growth 
activist *Marko Ulvila* (Finland). We will also get a message from a 
Sámi artist, activist and scholar *Pauliina Feodoroff*.

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*/About the speakers in the plenary panel:/*

*Larry Lohmann*is an activist scholar who has written on politics, 
environment, geography, accounting, Asian studies, law, science studies 
and development. A member of the advisory board of the World Rainforest 
Movement, he is currently trying to come to an integrated understanding 
of how thermodynamic energy, ecosystem service exchange and everyday and 
mechanized linguistic interpretive work are organized in the service of 
surplus extraction. Based at The Corner House 
<http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk>, UK, he has also lived in Thailand, 
the US and Ecuador.

*Soumitra Ghosh*is a social activist and independent researcher based in 
North Bengal, India. Soumitra has been working among the forest 
communities of North Bengal and India for more than last two decades, 
and has intermittently contributed research papers on forest and climate 
change issues to various journals and anthologies.

*Uddhab Pd. Pyakurel*is an Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at 
the Kathmandu University. He contributes commentaries and articles to 
newspapers and journals on environmental justice, social movements, 
social inclusion/exclusion, state restructuring, and other 
socio-political issues. He is a member of International Council of World 
Social Forum and volunteers for various movement organizations including 
South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED) and Network 
Institute for Global Democracy (NIGD). Pyakurel has authored, 
co-authored and edited monographs and books and is the Managing Editor 
of Nepali Journal of Contemporary Studies.

*Khu Khu Ju*is a land right activist and an activist researcher. In the 
past she has been the spoke person for the Karen Human Rights Group. 
Currently she is dedicating most of her time to the work with Land in 
Our Hands network (LIOH). LIOH is an initiative of small-scale farmers 
and local farmer organizations that works for land tenure rights of 
small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, and particularly for women and 
ethnic communities. Khu Khu Ju has co-authored a report ‘Meaning of Land 
in Myanmar 
<https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/tni_primer-burma-digitaal.pdf>’ 
published by the Transnational Institute.

*Kyi Phyo*is an energy activist and Myanmar coordinator of the Mekong 
Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net). In Myanmar several large-scale 
energy projects are being planned. Social movements have been successful 
in stopping some of the most destructive ones. Kyi Phyo has worked 
closely with grassroots activists and local residents in the Irrawaddy 
and Salween river basins building networks to confront destructive 
hydropower projects and to advocate for more just and sustainable ways 
of using the rivers. MEE Net also constructs alternative energy plans 
that have been influential, for example, in the Shan state.

*Marko Ulvila*engages with various concerns as a writer and an 
organizer.He takes special interest in democracy, ecological 
sustainability, de-growth debates and global equity. Over the years he 
has been part of a number of civil society processes in Europe, East 
Africa and South Asia pertaining to environment and post-growth futures. 
The World Social Forum, the Green Party and the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam 
Network are particularly dear to his heart. In 2009 he co-edited the 
book Sustainable Futures: Replacing Growth Imperative and Hierarchies 
with Sustainable Ways (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 2009). 
Currently Marko chairs the Siemenpuu Foundation in Finland.



-- 
Mr. *Timo Kuronen*
Communications and Programme Coordinator

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