Joan Martinez-Alier (ICTA-UAB). Environmental Justice, Liabilities and Trade.
Collaborative research in ecological economics and political ecology: the EJOLT project Introducing the EJOLT project Joan Martínez-Alier, Leah Temper and Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos
EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade). <ul><li>Which are the causes of increasing ecological distribution conflicts at different scales, </li></ul><ul><li>and how to turn such conflicts into forces for environmental sustainability? </li></ul>EJOLT wants to increase the visibility of resource extraction conficts and waste disposal conflicts. It wants to improve policy responses to and support collaborative research on environmental conflicts through capacity building of EJOs . A key aspect is to show the links between increased metabolism of the economy (in terms of energy and materials) , and resource extraction and waste disposal conflicts so as to answer the questions:
EJOLT is based on a previous project: CEECEC (teaching and learning Ecological Economics with civil society organizations). <ul><li>This was a FP7 Science-in-Society project coordinated by ICTA UAB between 2008-10. </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental NGOs wrote chapters for a Handbook, a Glossary was added, and we ran a course in internet ( www.ceecec.net ) </li></ul><ul><li>A book will be published by Earthscan with the title Ecological Economics from the Ground Up (edited by Hali Healy, JMA etc). </li></ul><ul><li>New edition of the CEECEC course, Sept-Dec 2011 . Applications welcome. </li></ul>
One article on CEECEC and EJOLT Between science and activism: learning and teaching ecological economics with environmental justice organisations Authors: Martinez-Alier, Joan; Healy, Hali; Temper, Leah; Walter, Mariana; Rodriguez-Labajos, Beatriz; Gerber, Julien-François; Conde, Marta Local Environment , 16(1), Jan. 2011:17-36(2011)
EJOLT, 2011-15 23 partners and budget of almost €4 M.
Overall strategy WP7 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & RISK ASSESSMENT WP 8 LIABILITIES AND VALUATION WP 9 LAW AND INSTITUTIONS WP 10 CONSUMPTION, ECOL. UNEQUAL EXCHANGE & ECOLOGICAL DEBT WP2 DATABASE – MAP OF ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE WP11 TRAINING, BEST PRACTICES AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS WP12 DISSEMINATION
From activism to public policy and to science: the Ecological Debt
From science to activism: Sustainable peasant agriculture cools down the earth (Via Campesina in Copenhagen, Dec 2009).
The EJOLT workshops <ul><li>Cornerstones of the knowledge-sharing process in EJOLT </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting open to all partners with a duration of 4-5 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of case studies in the thematic areas in the frame of a a transversal axes. </li></ul><ul><li>Training oriented - their outcomes feed the online resource library. </li></ul><ul><li>Always involving parallel dissemination activities </li></ul>Workshop Location, Month Organisers Content / Major Tasks Workshop 1 Bulgaria / Istanbul, Turkey BOG & ZZ <ul><li>Workshop on conflict analysis and scenarios for mining conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>Combined with a trip to mining conflicts in Bulgaria </li></ul>Workshop 2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil FIOCRUZ <ul><li>Environmental Health (FIOCRUZ) </li></ul><ul><li>Risk assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Radiation Workshops (CRIIRAD) </li></ul>Workshop 3 Rome, Italy CDCA UVSQR <ul><li>Valuation workshop (UVSQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-criteria analysis (UVSQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Legal workshops (BHR, CDCA, URV) </li></ul>Workshop 4 Durban, South Africa or Lagos, Nigeria. ERA UKZN <ul><li>Environmental Liabilities. Ecological debt calculations (UKZN, ERA) </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of best practices / training materials </li></ul>Workshop 5 TBD ULUND Consumption, trade and ecological debt (ULUND) Closing / policy meetings Brussels, Belgium ANPED Meetings and round table events between project members and political actors and other stakeholders.
Final remarks Activism is a source of expertise that can and must be combined with academic activities through collaborative research. - mutual learning - innovative concepts and approaches going both ways - increased capabilities of Environmental Justice Organizations - replication of success Follow EJOLT activities through our webpage www.ejolt.org