Thomas Wallgren and Uddhab Pyakurel attended the World Social Forum 2018 in Salvador (Bahia), Brazil, from 13-17 of March 2018. Below are extracts from their report.
[Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö and Ruby van der Wekken] After Nepal (see Ruby's previous blog), the journey with South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED) continued on 15-20 November in India. Also in India, the need for Ecological Democracy and the approach of SADED is clear. Also in India the negative trends of climate destabilisation, loss of biological diversity and increasingly authoritarian regimes continue despite the widely shared desire to prevent environmental crisis and to live in democratic societies.
[Ruby van der Wekken] From 13th to 15th November I had the pleasure of spending 48 hours with Siemenpuu partner South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy in Nepal (SADED-Nepal), before heading on to India for a visit with its older sister organisation, SADED India.
[Marko Ulvila] Popular movements gathering in Gothenburg
[Ruby van der Wekken] In the North, which hosts under its desert soil yet unexplored quantities of uranium and oil, two Touareg groups - the influential Ifoghass minority and the Imghoud majority - have seen for a long time a series of disputes due to the existing socio economic inequalities (between the groups, between the North and South of Mali, resulting from Mali’s peoples marginalisation at large from a global perspective), and rebellions have happened for decades.
[Marko Ulvila] At the end of April, more than two hundred representatives of progressive funders and their movement partners met in Barcelona to discuss an ambitious agenda of systems change. The gathering was the annual conference of the EDGE Funders Alliance, which brings together almost one hundred American and European foundations and other funders committed to justice, equity and the well-being of the planet. Siemenpuu Foundation has been a member since 2016.
An Indian note inspired by the Copenhagen Lexit and Plan-B meetings
[Juhani Klemetti] I had recently a pleasure to join Siemenpuu’s Mekong program’s project monitoring and designing trip to Myanmar. We traveled together with the Siemenpuu’s local partner organization Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net) to Yangon and then to Shan state. MEE Net held a two-day training workshop on conducting Community-centered Strategic Environmental Assessment (C-SEA) in Danu Special Administration Zone in Southwestern Shan state.
[Marko Ulvila] One of the challenges, that various movement groups and organisations working for a common cause are facing, is the fruitful framework for collaboration. There are ideological, organisational and practical reasons why there is a tendency to work separately on a limited aspects of a larger problem or a vision.
[Marko Ulvila] In 2000, Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer introduced the term anthropocene (pdf) to describe a new geological epoch caused by human activity. Since then the idea has gained acceptance and popularity. Now there is scientific journal with that name, and newspapers write how humans are now leaving a mark on a geological scale.