- Degrowth of Aviation Conference
The Stay Grounded network, together with civil society organizations and the Institute for Ecological Sciences and Technology ICTA in Barcelona, organized the conference “Degrowth of Aviation” from the 12th to the 14th of July 2019. The conference brought together 200 people from social movements, NGOs and academia in order to discuss concrete measures and strategies to reduce air traffic. As Barcelona is one of the cities getting overcrowded by tourism, involving serious environmental, health, housing and other social problems, special links were made to movements for a just and environmentally sound tourism. More information on the conference can be found on the Stay Grounded website www.stay-grounded.org
- Social Summit of the COP25
During the “Cumbre Social por el Clima” (Alternative Social Summit) which took place in December 2019 in Madrid during COP 25, we organized a network meeting titled “Degrowth: Connecting movements against growth dependency”. We invited collectives and individuals active in different struggles and movements to come together around the topics of degrowth and climate justice. Participants self-identified as belonging to four major movements: Climate justice, feminist, anti-racism/anti-colonial, rural movement. The aim of this session was to create connections between different groups that are critical of our systems dependency on economic growth and are looking for alternatives. We introduced the concepts of degrowth, exchanged perspectives between the participants, and brainstormed ideas for future collaborations.
- Degrowth Conference in Barcelona
Research & Degrowth has initiated and/or contributed to numerous open letters over the past years. Find a selection here:
Post-Growth Open Letter to EU institutions signed by over 200 scientists: “Europe, It’s Time to End the Growth Dependency” – https://degrowth.org/2018/09/06/post-growth-open-letter/
Degrowth: New Roots for the Economy – Re-imagining the Future After the Corona Crisis. Signed by 1,170 scientists, experts, activists, artists etc. and 65 organizations from across the Degrowth spectrum. #NewRoots https://www.degrowth.info/en/open-letter/
Open letter to governments – A care income now! https://globalwomenstrike.net/open-letter-to-governments-a-care-income-now/
Housing tour – 27 October–4 December 2018
High mortgage debts, homelessness, and destructive urbanisation? There is an alternative — housing for degrowth.
As researchers, practitioners, and activists, Anitra Nelson and François Schneider presented a degrowth narrative of housing at 28 events between the 27th October and 4 December. They crossed 11 countries by train— France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Spain — at research institutes, universities, collective housing projects, and central city venues.
The co-edited book that they presented Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities with 25 contributors has been published in Routledge Environmental Humanities series. At many events, they were joined by other contributors to the collection and local urbanists.
The stories can be found here https://housing.degrowth.net/