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Here you can find all blog articles belonging to the summer school 2015 project. Enjoy the read!

Video: Degrowth Summer School & Climate Camp 2015

The Degrowth Summer School 2015 took place at the climate camp in the Rhineland. The Rhineland is one of the biggest lignite mining regions, the biggest source of CO2 in Europe. To protest against climate-damaging industry and resource extraction, different movements which have a lot in common and share ambitions get together and work on alternatives and a social transformation. A video by Raute Film.

Degrowth Summer School & Climate Camp 2015 from Marc Menningmann on Vimeo.

Rethinking Degrowth: Islamic Perspectives

By Odeh Al Jayyousi

With the “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change” published by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium earlier this month, another world religion has expressed heavy concerns about the pursuit of relentless economic growth. Professor Odeh Al Jayyousi, one of the members of the Symposium, had attended our summer school on degrowth and climate justice right before the symposium and given the following lecture on Degrowth from an Islamic perspective: read more

Summer school: An atmosphere of joy, hope and determination

By Christiane Kliemann

By Christiane Kliemann

After six days of workshops, discussions, practical activities and fun the summer school on degrowth and climate justice at the climate camp Rhineland has come to and end. With the slogan “Degrowth in Action”, the summer school did not only break down the rather theoretical ideas of degrowth into concrete actions such as those against lignite mining in the region. It also provided an opportunity to directly experience what can be called “degrowth-life” on-site: read more

Summer School opens with Clear Vision for Movement and Action

By Christiane Kliemann

By Christiane Kliemann

With the Summer School in the lignite-mining area of the German Rhineland, for the first time the degrowth and climate justice movement are explicitly thought together. This is why the opening panel “No Climate Justice without Degrowth” had the interesting task to draw the very big picture and join the dots between climate change, degrowth, climate justice and the struggle against fossil fuels. read more

Degrowth & the Climate Crisis – from a Climate Justice Perspective

By Lyda Fernanda Forero

By Lyda Fernanda Forero

There is an increasing consensus on the need and urgency to tackle climate change and its consequences. This consensus is reinforced by the human and environmental disasters (tragedies) that occur every year due to extreme climate events, such as the typhoons of growing intensity including Haiyan(2013) in the Philippines or the hurricanes that devastate Central America. read more

Summer school: last-minute change of venue!

Shortly before the start of the Climate Camp and the Degrowth Summer School, we are changing the venue of our camp. We have found an even better place in close proximity to the open cast mine Garzweiler. Further information is available here

Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben endorse anti-coal action in the Rhineland

In two statements, internationally renowned climate-activists Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben have raised their voices to support the mass-action against coal-mining in the Rhineland that will take place right after our summer school. read more

Post-Development Discourse: Lessons for the degrowth movement (Part 2)

By Lasse Thiele

By Lasse Thiele

The first part of this article offered an introduction to post-development thought, which for decades has been trying to deconstruct Western models of prosperity and growth. This second part introduces some of the countless linkages between critiques of development and contemporary European critiques of growth. read more

Post-Development Discourse: Lessons for the Degrowth Movement (Part 1)

By Lasse Thiele

By Lasse Thiele

Is degrowth only conceivable in the context of “oversaturated” industrial societies while the global “South” remains dependent on growth? In two installments, this article questions such assumptions. In this first part it introduces positions critical of development which refuse to adopt the Western model of prosperity; the second part will focus on the analysis of these positions with a view to their relevance for the European degrowth movement and the growth debate here.
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Civil Disobedience and Degrowth

By Xavier Renou

By Xavier Renou

Civil disobedience shares a lot with the degrowth idea and movement. In the past, civil disobedience proved to be a powerful tool to fight for equal rights, labor rights, independence, peace and political liberation. Thanks to a growing awareness, an increasing number of struggles involving civil disobedience and non-violent direct actions have been influenced by if not conducted in the name of degrowth-related values, visions or claims, in Europe alone. read more

Where to begin with Climate Justice?

By Joanna Cabello

By Joanna Cabello

Climate justice is a relatively new term. Being a key concept in the Degrowth in Action – Climate Justice Summer School 2015, it is important here to expand upon the different understandings of, and some of the debates surrounding, the term ‘climate justice’ – though of course no single understanding is right or wrong, and no group can lay claim to a particular concept. read more

Growth and Destruction

By Nnimmo Bassey

By Nnimmo Bassey

The industrial mode of food production is known to greatly contribute to global warming through such means as the large-scale land use changes, deforestation and the use of chemical fertilisers. Industrial agriculture promotes monoculture, erodes biodiversity and treats agricultural produce as mere commodities and for speculation. it continues to be single-mindedly supported by vested interests and power brokers and is also used as a tool for political manipulation. read more

No Climate Protection without Climate Justice; No Climate Justice without Degrowth

By Christiane Kliemann

By Christiane Kliemann

Shortly before the most crucial UN climate change conference after the failure of Copenhagen, it seems that the international climate-movement is finally getting its act together: resistance against fossil fuel extraction is gaining ground and a rising global movement is putting pressure on institutions to divest their money from fossil fuels to finance renewables instead. Green jobs in the renewable energy sector have been a success story and it is broadly accepted that we need to keep 80% of the known fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we want to prevent runaway climate change. read more

2015 – The Year for Climate Justice and Degrowth

… and the contribution of the “Degrowth in Action – Climate Justice Summer School 2015”

By Elena Hofferberth

With the 21st Conference of the Parties taking place at the end of this year, the United Nations climate process is heading towards another climax. The aim is nothing less than the adoption of an international legally binding agreement limiting atmospheric warming to a maximum of 2 degrees. This appears questionable, however, given the diverging positions of states seen at the latest climate negotiations in Lima at the end of 2014. read more

Degrowth in Action: Call for Courses Open!

For our Degrowth in Action – Climate Justice Summer School 2015 we are currently looking for contributors to our courses. The summer school will take place from 9 to 14 August 2015 in the lignite-mining region of the Rhineland in cooperation with the annual climate camp. The courses will be at the centre of the Summer School and run for 4 or 2 days, thus giving the opportunity to dive deeper into the different topics. Regarding the type and structure of the courses, there will be much room for creativity. Deadline for proposals is 30 April. If you’re interested in preparing a course, you can find all relevant details here. the PDF-version is available here