The presentation of natural gas as a “transitional fuel” is the fallacy used by the oil industry and the oil companies to ensure their survival over the coming decades. To this end, it has been supported by governments such as Russia, the United States and the European Union. The gas trap wants to catch us on a catastrophic course, how are we going to stop it?
November 25th, Sunday, 14:00
Frida Kieninger (Food & Water Europe, Europe)
Frida Kieninger is a Brussels-based Food & Water Europe campaign officer promoting a ban on fracking in Europe. Working with local European groups and US-based researchers, she raises awareness of the countless risks of hydraulic fracturing. After completing her master’s thesis on intensive agriculture in southern Spain, Frida became involved with issues concerning the European food system as well as the transition to a sustainable energy system, community energy and questions of climate justice. She has dealt with various food and energy issues in the context of EU institutions and Brussels NGOs.
Alfons Peréz (Debt Observatory in Globalization, Spain)
Alfons Pérez is an electrical engineer and holds an MA in sustainability. He currently works for the Observatory of Debt in Globalisation where he analyses EU energy policies from a geopolitical angle and highlights the influence of financial logic on the energy sphere. One of those policies is the EU Energy Strategy, the main aim of which is to diversify fossil fuel supplies with a view to reducing high dependency on Russia. This strategy involves building major import and interconnection infrastructure between Member States, specifically extremely high voltage gas lines and mega-pipelines.
João Camargo (Climáximo, Portugal)
João Camargo is an anticapitalist and climate justice militant. He graduated as an animal scientist and environmental engineer. Activist in precarious workers movements and in the struggle against the troika, he has worked in environmental NGOs, was a journalist and university teacher in Mozambique. He’s currently active in the climate justice movement Climáximo. He participates in the internacional campaign Climate Jobs and in the struggle against oil and gas prospection and production in Portugal. He published Que Se Lixe a Troika (2013), Manual de Combate às Alterações Climáticas (2018) and Portugal em Chamas – Como Resgatar as Florestas (2018). He regularly writes in media outlets and newspaper about energy, climate change, environment and politics. In 2019 he’ll defend his PhD thesis on Climate Change as a New Metanarrative for Humanity.
Kevin Buckland (Gastivists, Europe)
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” – Bertolt Brecht. From cardboard circuses and graffiti, to giant inflatables and creative direct action: Kevin is an independent artivist who has spent the past decade working inside the global climate justice movement to elevate the role of creativity and culture in creating change. He works both to support movements in being more creative, but also in supporting artists in being more strategic with their work. He sees cultural change as fundamental to political change, and has come to increasingly understand cultural change as more about how we organize, than what we organize. Follow him on twitter: change_of_art or instagram: coloresamor
Moderator: Helena Silva (Climáximo, Portugal)