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?
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.
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.
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.