3 December, 2013–On the opening day of the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Global Justice Ecology Project stands together with organizations around the world to denounce neoliberal free trade policies through the release of Part I of our new report The Green Shock Doctrine.
Police at the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial in Miami in 2003 prepare to fire rubber bullets at protesters. Photo: Langelle/ PhotoLangelle.org
Ten years ago there were crucial battles against corporate globalization and free trade in both Cancun, Mexico and Miami, Florida. At the WTO ministerial in Cancun in September, South Korean farmer Lee Kyung Hae took his own life to protest unfair agricultural policies and the theme of the huge protests there became “The WTO Kills Farmers.” Two months later, the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) failed amidst opposition by developing countries over its draconian trade liberalization policies. Meanwhile, outside 20,000 protesters and unionists marched in the streets where they were brutally attacked by police.
Today, there is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis. But it is Capitalism and the markets that have led us to the brink of this abyss. We need to mobilize and strengthen the global movement to tackle the root social and economic causes of the climate crisis–the same roots we were fighting in 2003 and even 20 years ago in 1993, when the Zapatistas were preparing to rise up against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which became the model for many unfair trade deals that followed.
Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine to examine these deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. In doing so, we hope to help advance the effort to transform the global system driving climate catastrophe. Part I is available now and Parts II through IV will be published subsequently.
Part I explains how global elites are using global ecological and social crises to create a whole new system of economics based on financial speculation and trade in so-called “environmental services” in order to maintain business as usual beyond all natural limits. Download Part I here.
Part II delves into “Public Private Partnerships” and what these mean for peoples and ecosystems globally.
Part III challenges “sustainable energy” and details all of the dirty and unjust forms of energy being promoted as “sustainable” as well as the devastating impacts they are having.
Part IV titled “Building the global movement to stop climate change” discusses the wide array of organizing being done around the globe to tackle the intertwined ecological and social causes of the climate crisis.