Fighting Environmental Injustices, Land Grabs and Resource Theft in Palestine and Beyond
The World Social Forum describes the phenomenon of Land Grabbing as "taking possession of and/or controlling a scale of land for commercial or industrial agricultural production, which is disproportionate in size in comparison to the average land holding in the region." We will discuss land grabbing and resource theft and how grassroots communities in Palestine and around the world are fighting displacement.
Looking at the UN's Climate Change (COP) conferences, corporate and state agents are now pressured to propose environmental and sustainable solutions. Today's environmental racism uses the language of sustainability to destroy communities, dominate historical and media narratives, and increase imperialist and corporate power. This extends the importance of strategic communication when our communities are depicted as backwards or standing in the way of sustainability.
Panelists will highlight community struggles for land, water, and other necessities and campaigns to challenge the misuse of “environmentalism” to cover up destruction of land, people and ways of life. This workshop will include a popular education activity joining participants’ and panelists’ stories of environmental racism and resource theft to create an international timeline of struggle.
Zayneb Al-Shalafeh, LifeSource; Sofiah MacLeod, Stop the Jewish National Fund; William Copeland, East Michigan Environmental Action Council