PHOTO OF ENERGY POLICY RESOURCE EXTRACTIVISM; RESISTANCES AND ALTERNATIVES IN TUNIS

The main question of this seminar was: How to overcome the dominant energy system that is unsustainable and undemocratic and violates social rights; and what are strategies and alternatives?

  1. We based the seminar on the assumptions that a) energy is not just a resource but a social relation; so production, distribution and consumption is in the center of the discussion, but also class, property, the politics of price and infrastructure; b) that resource extractivism is a dominant development model.

  2. We discussed in this seminar a) experiences with extractivism and resistances in African countries; b) strategies of the European Union regarding energy security and the recent dynamics of the politics extractivism in Greece.

  3. It became obvious that for Africa a) resource extractivism is not only a matter of transnational corporations but also of states (“resource nationalism”); b) and that to overcome resource extractivism, struggles in mining areas need to be in the centre and that alternatives need to be offered.

A first short report by Ulrich Brand has been published in English, German and French.

http://rosalux-europa.info/events_en/energy-policy-resource-extractivism-tunis-2013/

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