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  • 11 mars 2023 - 11 mars 2023
  • Copenhague / en ligne
  • 3F København
    Peter Ipsens Alle 27
    2400 Copenhagen NV

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  • Conférence internationale
  • « Changement climatique — Les dommages collatéraux des dépenses militaires »

  • Les conférences internationales de transform!Danmark ont mis l’accent jusqu'à présent sur le besoin de transformation systémique face au changement climatique. Poursuivant dans cette voie, cette nouvelle conférence entend renforcer notre argumentaire et notre travail de construction d'alternatives politiques, économiques, sociales et écologiques.

    Nous voulons poursuivre la discussion sur les moyens de combattre le changement climatique, et sur les raisons du caractère insatisfaisant de la situation et des politiques menées à Bruxelles/UE, au niveau national et internationalement. Le besoin d'une transformation systémique est une idée centrale pour appréhender l’insuffisance de politiques actuelles axées sur la réforme plutôt que la transformation du système. L’actuelle focalisation de l’UE sur une stratégie d’adaptation au changement climatique est au cœur du problème. Il n’existe aucune vraie volonté politique pour faire le nécessaire afin d'éviter l’effondrement climatique auquel on peut s’attendre d’ici 5 à 10 ans — voire plus tôt encore. Les conséquences pour le climat d'une militarisation croissante des sociétés occidentales sont délibérément négligées — il n'existe quasiment aucune prise de responsabilité face à la catastrophe climatique imminente. La classe politique préfère admettre ses piètres performances en la matière et déclarer qu’il n’y a plus rien à faire désormais sinon s’adapter aux conséquences du réchauffement. Les climatologues sont même parfois victimes des attaques s’ils signalent la dangereuse augmentation des émissions de CO2.

    L’ère néolibérale — comme nous le savons — touche à sa fin, on perçoit des signes évidents de crise économique. Les tentatives politiques persistantes pour conjuguer politiques climatiques, néolibéralisme et croissance économique sont condamnées à l'échec, pour le malheur du climat et des populations. Une transformation systémique est nécessaire pour combattre le changement climatique. Il est vital de percevoir le combat climatique comme partie prenante de la lutte des classes.

    Tout cela est au cœur de notre perspective pour bâtir des alternatives politiques, économiques, sociales et écologiques. La conférence proposera également, comme lors des éditions précédentes, des visions à plus long terme des sociétés transformées : écosocialisme et écoféminisme. Il y sera aussi poursuivi le débat sur le rôle de la décroissance.

    Principaux thèmes de la conférence :

    • Le réarmement et la militarisation parmi les principaux moteurs de la hausse des émissions de CO2
    • Montée des conditions météorologiques extrêmes
    • Les stratégies de l’UE pour s’adapter au changement climatique et maîtriser la crise énergétique
    • Problèmes climatiques dans le monde hors d'Europe
    • Objectif et résultats – le besoin de transformation systémique pour combattre le changement climatique

    La conférence sera une conférence Zoom/présentiel.

    Samedi 11 mars 2023
    9 h 30 à 18 h (CET)

    Lieu de la conférence : 3F København, Peter Ipsens Alle 27, 2400 Copenhagen NV
    Un lien Zoom sera fourni aux participant·es.

    La conférence se déroulera en anglais.

    Organisé par (liste préliminaire): Transform!Danmark - en coopération avec transform!europe, et Global Aktion, NOAH – Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion, Solidaritet, Kritisk Revy, Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse (mouvement vert étudiant), Enhedslisten– De Rød-Grønne (alliance partisane rouge-verte danoise), et d'autres

    S'inscrire :

    Tarif de base pour une participation sur place : 100 DKK à 5301-0000268457

    Pour plus d'informations, consultez le site de Transform!Danmark.


Saturday, 11 March

09:30 (CET): Registration and coffee/tea

10:00 (CET): Welcome

Session 1: Global considerations

10:20-11:00 (CET): “The War Party: From Bush to Obama and Trump to Biden, the doctrine of “American Exceptionalism” is undermining global security and threatening the planet.”

  • Jeremy Scahill (online), USA, investigative journalist on national security and US military international affairs, writer, co-founder and co-editor of The Intercept and books such as Dirty Wars and Blackwater

In the years since 9/11, the United States has experienced a series of unorthodox presidents. Barack Obama made history as the first African-American to win the White House, Donald Trump, a flamboyant and erratic businessman, defeated an establishment titan to take control, and Joe Biden—a career insider politician— is the oldest person ever to win the presidency. While there is a tendency to focus on the stark differences between these men and their policies, on some core matters there is little difference between their administrations. On national security policy, the U.S. has been on a steady, hypermilitarized arc for decades. Taken broadly, U.S. policy has been largely consistent on “national security” and “counterterrorism” matters from 9/11 to the present.

The Biden presidency is, perhaps more than any in recent history, a caretaker government, and on issues of counterterrorism, militarism, and national security, its constituency is the War Party. The bedrock principles of this bipartisan coalition revolve around a nonnegotiable set of understandings:

  • The U.S. has the sovereign right to unilaterally impose its will on the world.
  • The U.S. makes the rules of the international order but is not bound by them.
  • The U.S. will use the iron fist of militarism to defend neoliberal economic policies and the usurping of natural resources.
  • No national or international body is fit to stand in judgment of its actions or conduct.

What does it say about a country that manages to stay the imperial course through such a diverse succession of leaders as George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney), Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden?

11:00-11:40 (CET): “Consequences of climate change in Greenland and increasing international conflict in the Arctic area”

  • Kuupik Kleist, Greenland, Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) politician, former Chairperson IA and MP (Danish Parliament and Greenland Parliament), former Prime Minister Greenland, currently IIC (Inuit Circumpolar Conference) Vice-Chair and President IIC Greenland

Indigenous Arctic Peoples and the militarisation of the Arctic
Before and since the 2nd world war, the Arctic area became the buffer zone between then the 2 superpowers of the world, Russia and The United States. Meanwhile during the late 1980’s and the technical development the USA left and closed most of its military bases in Greenland, actually the only base left is the Thule Air Base.

Jumping to today’s situation, it seems that we are back to the cold war era, Greenland again in the middle, but also this time with slightly different players now that China’s interest in playing a role in the Arctic has increased.

For the Kingdom of Denmark, including Faroe Islands and Greenland, new challenges arise. From the US demand for Denmark to increase its military spending to Greenland and Faroe Islands practically and constitutionally having no influence on Danish defense policy and investments.

Inspired by:

  • Olsvig og Gad, ”Grønland som udenrigs- og sikkerhedspolitisk aktør”, in Rahbek Clemmensen & Sørensen (eds.)
  • Sara Olsvig: Ph.d.fellow at Ilisimatusarfik – The University of Greenland
  • Ulrik Pram Gad: Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies

11:55-12:45 (CET): Questions and debate

12:45-13:45 (CET): Lunch

13:45-16:00 (CET): Parallel sessions

Session 2: EU/Europe in a time of war and crisis: EU/European rearmament and “green” adaptation to sanctions against Russia and the effects on climate change. The response of left parties and the climate/environmental movement.

13:45-14:15 (CET): “Militarism in Europe on the rise but at what cost? “

  • Niamh Aine Ni Bhriain, Ireland – Transnational Institute, War and Pacification

Our world has never been more militarised. Global military spending is at a record high of US $2.1 trillion and governments worldwide are increasingly advocating militarism as an adequate and necessary response to tackle political, social, and economic challenges. Expressions of dissent, movement and migration, the climate crisis and health emergencies are being framed by our governments as threats to the stability of the nation-state. Public policy on issues that should be addressed as health or humanitarian concerns is instead being securitised and subsequently militarised to tackle the perceived threats. The latest example of this is with regard to climate where we see governments posing military ‘solutions’ to tackle the challenges of a warming planet. In this session we will look at how European policy has become more militarised over the past two decades, exposing who has reaped the massive financial benefits, while also recounting the deadly implications for those on the receiving end of such policies, in particular on those attempting to arrive at our shores. We will ask whether these policies have made us safer or heightened our sense of fear. Looking forward, we will ask ourselves how these militarised policies are likely to play out in an increasingly hostile and heated world and arguing that it is time to urgently shift course and de-militarise public policy.

14:15–14:45 (CET): Katerina Anastasiou – transform!europe, facilitator of the working group Migration and Global Strategy

14:45-15:15 (CET): “Avoiding a race to arms: reconsidering EU defence policy”

  • Marc Botenga (online), Workers’ Party of Belgium, MEP, THE LEFT in EP

Social and climate spending have come under pressure of an increasing desire to up military spending. The European Union has for many years now been looking at how to increase investment in the military industrial complex. Several programmes led to the establishment of the European Defence Fund. Russia’s war against Ukraine reinforced this tendency. The objective is the fostering of a so-called competitive EU military industry. In addition, weapons and military material sent to Ukraine will most likely be replaced by additional purchases of military material. The Defence Industry Reinforcement through common procurement act is being adapted to open up to US companies. But an arms race is not the only option. Taken together, EU Member States spend a lot more on defence already than most countries in the world, including Russia. Rather than looking at blindly increasing spending, at the cost of social and climate expenditure, we need to be looking at how to rationalize current spending and change our approach to defence and foreign policy. Better for the climate. Better for workers.

Session 3:  The impact of economic growth on climate change and systemic alternatives. The role of degrowth – is there such a thing as sustainable green growth ? Follow-up debate from 2022.

13:45–14:15 (CET): Andrea Vetter (online), Germany – Transformation researcher, activist, journalist

14:15 – 14:45 (CET): Luis González Reyes (online), Spain – Ecologistas en Acción

The green growth proposal is sustained under three premises: the development of renewable energies is capable of substituting all the benefits of fossil fuels, the dematerialization of the economy and technological development as the central solution to the challenges. The three premises have solid data that allow, at least, to question them. In addition, they imply entering situations of very high climatic risk. In contrast, degrowth proposals allow entering within the framework of climate security, while facing the energy, material and ecosystem crisis allowing a good life. These are measures that imply radical changes at an economic, political, and cultural level, but that are feasible.

16:00-16:15 (CET): Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00 (CET): Workshops/group discussion

17:00-18:00 (CET): Panel conclusion and short round-up


  • Vibeke Syppli Enrum, activist, Red-Green Alliance, Denmark, ExBoard member of the European Left

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