Haagse Fietsparade voor het Klimaat 2017

Den Haag Fossielvrij en Fossielvrij NL organiseren op 21 september een fietstocht voor het klimaat. Dit is niet voor niets op deze dag, de internationale dag van de vrede. Klimaatverandering is namelijk een grote trigger voor conflict en oorlogen hebben al meer dan eens een desastreus effect gehad op het millieu. Vandaar dat wij als The Hague Peace Projects meedoen aan deze fietsparade.

“We kunnen duizenden windmolens bouwen. Maar alleen als we stoppen met kolen, olie en gas, stopt de temperatuur met stijgen.”

We gaan weer fietsen voor het klimaat! Met vele burgers en nog meer groepen uit de stad. We eindigen bij het stadhuis en laten van ons horen met het klimaatlied: Sing for the Climate.

Net als vorig jaar sporen we de gemeente aan om het beleid in lijn te brengen met het Parijs-akkoord: max 1,5C graad opwarming.

Onze boodschap: stop met beleid dat de temperatuur verder opjaagt. Besteed dat geld liever aan duurzame projecten. Den Haag gaat straat voor straat naar een beter klimaat!

We starten op 21 september om 18:00 op de Koekamplaan in Den Haag en maken een tocht van ongeveer 1,5 uur.

Vind hier meer informatie!

16-8 Film & Discussion: Rampal Coal plant: a deception of development

Join us on Wednesday 16 August for a film and discussion about Bangladesh at Nutshuis from 6:30 till 8:30.

The world’s largest mangrove forest is under treat of coal mining. The Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company (BIFPC), an energy partnership between India and Bangladesh, is building a massive coal fired power plant called ‘The Rampal Rampal Power Plant’ just 14km from this UNESCO world heritage site – a home to the last populations of critically endangered Royal Bengal Tigers. By damaging the Sundurbans with a coal plant, not only would this take away their livelihoods, and the natural resilience that millions of people in Bangladesh depend on, but it would mean burning more fossil fuels and creating more carbon emissions. This is exactly when the world should be leaving fossil fuels in the ground and be getting behind renewable energy alternatives.

Pro-environment activists group in Bangladesh have been protesting the coal power plant since its inception. Activists from India and other parts of the world also have joined in protest and solidarity. UNESCO also expressed its concern and asked the Government of Bangladesh to halt the project. However, despite nationwide protests and international outcry, the Bangladeshi government is hellbent on going through the project. Police brutality and arrest have become part and parcel of the anti-Rampal Power Plant movement in Bangladesh, and leading activists have faced death threats.

Anu Muhammad, the member-secretary of NCBD (the organization leading the anti-rampal protests in Banlgadesh) will join us in a discussion in ‘Het Nutshuis’ in The Hague. Anu Muhammad is a prominent Bangladeshi economist, public intellectual and political acticvist who has been in the forefront of the green energy movement in Bangladesh for years. He had faced arrest, police violance and several death threats along the way. Also activists and experts from both Bangladesh and Netherlands will join this discussion.

Deception of Development:
Bangladesh has entered a critical stage of its development in which the vocabulary around the understanding of development has gone seriously problematic. The Bangladesh state and the media both have gradually separated the idea of social and environmental equity from the vision of development, just like many other parts of the world. While the state continues to be obsessed with high-profile big development projects, farmers, laborers, poor communities, rivers, trees, forests, cultivable fertile land in this process, are perceived to be mere bunch of collateral damage that is expected to be ‘sacrificed’ in this very process towards ‘progress’. The state and the media has been displaying an one track obsession over high GDP growth as the standard of progress. The health of people, cleanness of water, fertility of soil, the quality of food and air are not considered to be worthy enough to be a part of the index of development. In the backdrop of such flawed understanding of development and such disregard towards preservation of environmental resources, it has become necessary to challenge the so called idea of development that does not perceive it necessary to preserve environmental and human integrity. ‘Deception of Development’ is an attempt of as such.