INVITATION: Lunch-Talk "Radical Ecological Democracy"

Aide à l’Enfance de l’Inde, Mouvement Ecologique and Action Solidarité Tiers Monde are pleased to invite you to the lunch-talk "Radical Ecological Democracy" presented by Mr. Ashish Kothari

When : 19 October 2016 at 12:30

Where : au Centre d'Information Tiers Monde

55, av. de la Liberté

L-1931 Luxembourg

Free Entry

India has entrenched hierarchies that have historical roots but have also been exacerbated by inequalities and injustices that have deepened with economic globalisation. However grassroots political movements are emerging in India that could signal a gradual shift to radical democracy.

Growing evidence of the ecological unsustainability and iniquitous nature of the current economic development model is prompting a search for alternatives. While various approaches to greening the economy are being suggested, these are often managerial or technofix-dependent, without fundamentally challenging the political, economic, and social structures that have created the problem in the first place, and without providing an alternative to ‘growth’ as the dominant economic ideology of today.

Are there alternative frameworks that can point the way to a truly sustainable and equitable future? Do elements of such frameworks already exist in concept and in practice, and if so, what principles can be derived from them? What needs to be done to make the transition towards such a future?

The presentation will attempt to answer these questions, focusing on one such alternative framework, Radical Ecological Democracy, or eco-swaraj. This framework arises from the myriad grassroots initiatives at meeting basic needs, and achieving alternative modes of governance, production, distribution, and consumption, that have sprung up in many parts of the world.