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Schwerte, 20th May 2013
On 20th May, 320 participants met in Schwerte near Dortmund (Germany) for a strategy conference of the environmental movement.
Humankind is currently at a crossroads: The foundations of human life and the future of today’s and tomorrow’s generations are directly put into question by the profit-oriented economy. A global climate and environmental catastrophe is imminent. Though the environmental movement is one of the biggest and most active movements and though environmental consciousness within the global population has clearly increased, it has not been possible yet to stop this development. In order to build up a superior force, we therefore advocate a new strategy of the environmental movement, which is to overcome the current fragmentation of forces and the separation of the environmental movement from the workers’ movement and aims at a direction, which is to change society. Our decisive conclusion to push forward the establishment of an “environmental union” stands for this aim. We are to bundle the forces against the main originators of the global environmental crisis, i. e. the international banks and monopolies with their governments, and to develop resolute resistance against the destruction of our foundations of life by the profit-oriented economy. On our conference, this topic was vividly and collaboratively discussed in four stages, and the following creative conclusions were drawn:
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Dear environmentalists, dear colleagues,
Many questions and conflicts about the future of our planet on the occasion of the UN world climate conference in Durban concern us.
- With the highest CO2 emission as long as anyone can remember, the transition into a climatic catastrophe advances rapidly, but the international financial capital and its governments in the most powerful countries of the world do not see any reason to stop that seriously.
- Green technology is turning into an export hit – but ‘environmentally friendly production‘ is only being realized if maximal profit margin is expected.
- Environmental protection and jobs are demagogically played off against each other and thus environmental and labor/trade union movements are made to compete.
- The environmental movement in Germany achieved a lot and especially last year it received a special radiation – but its activities are often fragmented, only project-orientated and it lack an international connection to lasting reliable ally partners.