Global preliminary meeting for building a broad confluence of bottom-up democratic structures to overcome the planetary ecological emergency.
6th to 13th september, Reyjkyavik (Iceland)
We are sharing with you the proposal to participate in a preliminary meeting to discuss grassroots movements’ new political strategies in the worldwide current emergency of both ecological and political crises, with the goal to confederate in a transnational movement that instead of protesting and making demands to politicians, focuses on empowering people and communities around the world to take over the situation for themselves and build the alternatives that the planet needs.
The facts about the climate and ecological emergency, about biodiversity loss, and about many more natural events that threaten human and animal life on Earth, are here.
The years 2018 and especially 2019 are seeing the awakening of new climate and ecological worldwide movements like Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion, which show how people are becoming ever more prepared to take action and be part of the solution.
Until now, most of the actions have been focused around attracting the attention of political institutions and some emergency statements have been obtained. However, the reactions of the politicians do not reflect the urgency that is perceived by the common people. Many realize that a transition to a non carbon-emitting world is not possible within capitalist logic, but still politicians that are part of this no-future logic are petitioned for change…
At the same time, most of the new politics and the new left-wing hopes of the last 5 years have been recently loosing traction, and instead we are witnessing more authoritarianism and facism entering the world of parliamentary democracy. With this slow process, how can we realistically believe that parliamentary democracy is going to provide the change the world needs?
We need new political plans for the current needs of humanity. That’s why democratic confederalism and other forms of radical democracy from below could be core elements to consider in the fight to overcome dependency on the current failed politics.
As it has been said:
“You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” (Buckminster Fuller).
So, let’s collaborate to build a new political system!
The next step we call for this mission will be a preliminary small meeting of around 50 people from around the world + locals to be hosted in Reyjkyavik (Iceland), which would be focused on building a broad and inclusive network of movements with the goal of setting up an agenda (and a much broader meeting for Summer 2020) to start building a global movement of democratic confederalism from below to empower the people to organize and respond to the ecological emergency.
The meeting will be from the 6th to the 13th of september 2019.
There will be 3-4 hours per day all together and the remaining time will be used for studying, conversing and working in autonomous workshops.
It will be possible also to join online in the main discussions.
You can register here: (could be interested to read this first: https://democraticconfederalism.earth/about-the-meeting-and-logistics/ )