Welcome to our online spring congress 2020!
Australia is on fire, the air in cities is getting worse and worse and the climate crisis severely affects the livelihoods of thousands of people. But we are no longer watching! That is why we are meeting from 16 to 19 April for the first online spring congress of the GRÜNE JUGEND.
Thousands of young people are taking to the streets for our future. Politicians are enthusiastic about our commitment and companies say: „We listen to you!“ And yet they only scratch the surface of the problem instead of getting to the root of it. New coal power stations are being approved, internationally agreed climate targets are being ignored and investments made in climate-damaging projects continue. What is the reason for this? And how can we break this political deadlock?
The climate crisis is not just the result of individual bad decisions or the consequence of unknown facts. The climate crisis has a system! At the spring congress we will take a closer look at the origins of the crisis and discuss with GRÜNE JUGEND activists what needs to be done to change the whole system.
For international guests who do not speak German, there will be four workshops in total, one of which will be held entirely in English, as it is run by international activists; three more will be held in German with English subtitles.
Thank you for your interest in our congress! Unfortunately registration has closed as we have reached full capacity.
Central European Time applies to all event times.
Friday 17 April from 2 pm to 3 pm:
Welcome for all international guests
We will go through our structures, procedures, abbreviations and offers with you and all other international guests. During this part of the program you can ask questions about the congress and at the same time get to know the other internationals in group discussions. This is also the first online congress for us and we look forward to spending it with you!
Friday 17 April from 4 pm to 6 pm:
Workshop „Green New Deal“ (in English)
Speakers: Johanka Waldhansova & Anouk Nicklas & Michael Bloss
During the 2019 European Parliament elections, Green movements and parties fought for a „Green New Deal“. In December of the same year, the newly elected European Commission under Von der Leyen submitted a series of political proposals under the name European Green Deal. Compared to the US plan, there is a less ambitious decarbonization schedule for carbon neutrality in 2050. The policy proposal involves all industries and includes a range of measures related to finance, energy, transportation, trade, industry as well as agriculture and forestry, e.g. pricing of fossil fuels and stricter CO2 limits. What is missing, is a plan for socially just change and concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop is led by international activists from FYEG’s Just Transition working group. Together they will touch on the base of the Green New Deal, its history and international actions towards it, but also bring some issues of the deal to the agenda, which didn’t get enough attention from policy makers yet, like the Feminist Green New Deal, the inclusion of ethnic minorities and migrants or critics of young people. The MEP Micha Bloss will also be present in the second part of the workshop to share his view on the European Green Deal.
Saturday 18 April from 11 am to 1 pm:
Workshop „Beyond the limits of capitalist equality – The connection between capitalism and racism“ (in German with English subtitles)
Speaker: Lukas Egger; Translator: Lena Kramer
“Labour in a white skin cannot emancipate itself where it is branded in a black skin.” wrote Karl Marx in ‚Capital‘ with reference to racist slavery in the southern states of the USA. But even 150 years later, this insight has not been accepted by critics of capitalism in many places and racism is repeatedly dismissed as a relatively insignificant „side contradiction“ of capitalism. Quite a few anti-racists, on the other hand, believe that criticism of capitalism has always been blind to racism and is not sufficient to understand racist ideology and violence. Contrary to these views, the workshop will show that racism is structurally and historically fundamentally interwoven with capitalism. Therefore, its theoretical explanation and practical struggle can only be successful in connection with a critique of the capitalist mode of production. Lukas Egger studied political science in Vienna, where he is currently doing his Ph.D. on the topic of „Racism from the perspective of materialist state theory“.
Saturday 18 April from 10 pm:
There’s no spring congress without a party, not even if it takes place online. Together we want to dance with you and finish off a wonderful Saturday at the spring convention. All you have to do is follow the zoom link and you can be there live. You can either switch your screen to single mode and only hear and see the DJ or share your picture with everyone else and dance together! Note: Your sound and everyone else’s sound will be muted so you can hear the music.
Sunday 19 April from 11 am to 1 pm:
Workshop „System Criticism in Mobility Policy“ (in German with English subtitles)
Speakers: Rosa Domm and Svenja Appuhn; Translator: Linus Steinmetz
What do cycle paths and cancelled bus connections have to do with capitalism and patriarchy? Our mobility behaviour is strongly influenced by the social roles we play: Depending on whether we do only paid labour or take on a lot of care work on the side, we take different routes. At the same time, the transport infrastructure we find, is primarily geared to getting people and goods to where they can earn money as quickly as possible. The fact that the car industry is one of the top-selling branches of industry and that our mobility behaviour is also subject to an ongoing trend towards individualisation also favours a strong focus on motorised individual transport, i.e. primarily car traffic. But: What are the current social and environmental consequences of our mobility system? And: How do we get out of it? This is what we want to deal with in our webinar „System Change in Mobility Policy“! We, Svenja Appuhn, spokeswoman of the GRÜNE JUGEND of Lower Saxony and the Working Group on Mobility and Transport of the GRÜNE JUGEND of Lower Saxony and Rosa Domm, member of the Hamburg Parliament and former spokeswoman of the Working Group on Mobility and Transport of the GRÜNE of Hamburg, will give an input. From this, we will discuss systems of mobility and system change in mobility. We are looking forward to your opinions and ideas!
Sunday 19 April from 1 to 3 pm:
Workshop „No Climate Justice without gender justice! – Feminist perspectives on climate justice“ (in German with English subtitles)
Speaker: Kathrin Henneberger; Translator: Julius Nebel
It is no coincidence that it is women* in particular who can be found at the forefront of the climate movements worldwide, who launch citizens‘ initiatives, raise their voices loudly at demonstrations or at UN climate conferences. Stopping the climate crisis and building a „better world“ means to demand to be able to decide about our future on equal terms. It is also women* in the countries of the Global South who are first and most affected by the climate crisis. Not because they are „weaker“ than men, but because of their position in society and family, which means less access to health care, education or employment. The global movement for climate justice – for a good life for all – is indivisibly linked to the movement for women’s equality*. In the workshop we will look at the connections between the climate crisis and patriarchy and discuss the potential to combine feminist and ecological struggles. Kathrin Henneberger is project coordinator for climate justice at the Institute of environmental justice e.V. and is an activist in the climate movement.
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