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– AG Hedvig invites everyone for a talk on autonomous zones –
On Wednesday AG Hedvig* will host a talk at Amalthea Bokkafé in Malmö on autonomous zones and climate activism. Alice Owen, masters student at the department of human ecology at Lunds University, visits and makes a presentation of her master thesis. From three cases – Hambacher forrest, la ZAD and Grow Heathrow – she will elaborate on resistance against climate destructive pratices and how people have started new ways of organizing life within these free zones.
*AG Hedvig is a climate activist group based in Malmö organizing lectuers, mobilizing for climate mass actions and fighting climate change.
Around the world, unwanted and destructive projects are the frontlines of movements for radical climate justice. Here activists are not only directly obstructing the projects, but are also constructing other worlds that reimagine life beyond capitalism and extractivism. Through prefigurative politics, the occupation of the land is also an occupation of the dominant worldviews and ways of doing things, and communities are experimenting with ways of living at the intersection of environmentalisms, climate justice, anarchism, anti-capitalism and more.
Three cases from Western Europe provide insights into alternative or Degrowth ways of organising: ”Against an airport and its world”, La Zad in rural France is an experiment in the commons; ‘Grow Heathrow’ is a small eco-squat near London opposing Heathrow’s third runway; and, in the defence of Hambacher Forest from a coal mine in Germany, activists built treehouses and a non-hierarchal community.
These are symbolic and mobilising struggles, fundamentally bringing into question ‘the system’ and the way we relate to nature, and putting something worth fighting for in the way of something worth fighting against