The richer countries are pouring money into their transitions away from fossil fuels. But these transitions depend on outsourcing dirty manufacturing to and importing critical minerals from the Global South. How is the climate justice movement in the Global South responding to this new “Green colonialism”?
Three activists and scholars–Nnimmo Bassey, Edgardo Lander, and Maryann Manahan–report from the front lines of the struggle. The event will be moderated by Manuel Perez Rocha, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and an Associate of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam.
Nnimmo Bassey, the director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, is an architect, environmental activist, author and poet, who chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through 2012[ and was executive director of Environmental Rights Action for two decades. He was one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2009. In 2010, he received the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2012, he was awarded the Rafto Prize.
Edgardo Lander is a Venezuelan sociologist, Professor Emeritus at the Central University of Venezuela, and a professor at the Universidad Indígena de Venezuela and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito. He is the author of numerous books and research articles on the environmental limits to industrialization and economic growth.
Maryann Manahan is a feminist activist researcher from the Philippines. She is currently a doctoral assistant with the Conflict Research Group of the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University in Belgium.