GNDE –Civil Society
We have been asked why we “like” the GNDE. Many people have pointed out that they do not find specific “ecological” ideas there that show the path to be followed.
We will try to explain why we regard it as essential to refer to the GNDE.
As “lovers” of the soil we are ready to list the ways in which it can be protected and passed on in good condition. We can list particular methods and techniques, down to descriptions of the microscopic structures of clay and the positions of vacuums (infinitesimal spaces of air in the soil). But does this knowledge enable us to change the behaviour of individuals and the various people responsible politically and technically? The answer is no.
The same goes for the other problems related to climate change.
In pratice we can regard ourselves as Cassandras, ignored by all.
So what does the GNDE do that is important?
It creates the frame of reference in which the actions to protect nature and ecosystems must be inserted. It does it by starting from a number of basic concepts: a) bring the power to decide on everything that relates to the enviroment under public control (Green Public Work) describing how this might be financed and taking control and management away from the private sector; b) rebuilding the credibility of the EU by transforming the current complicated bureaucratic structure into a new identity capable of protecting the environment for the younger generations (EnU – Environmental Union); c) trying to establish a context of social justice, and thus of democracy and participation, which speaks to the least powerful, strengthening grassroots communities and inviting them to take part in decisionmaking for programmes and regulations.
If realized, this plan would allow concrete and swift action at the different levels of decisionmaking, from the global to the local. For example: to put the provisions of the SIP Forum’s draft law into practice, it would no longer be neccessary to wait until it becomes a national or European law. Local communities would be able to decide what to do and public bodies – using public money – would carry them out with the cooperation and oversight of the communities themselves.
We are not asserting that what the GNDE proposes is “pure gold”, on the contrary we find it a difficult, partial and contentious document. Its great merit, however, is that it opens wide breaches in the wall of non-communication that exists between the different actors concerned with the environment. It is therefore a necessary document, especially at this time when we are seeing a renewed understanding of the meaning of the words solidarity and participation.
This is why we ask you to contribute to the task of analysis and to send us your critiques and/or contributions, so that we can set off together on the path to building a Europe that is supportive, strong, inclusive and respectful of the enviromnent.
GNE– European Commission
The Commission’s GNE document has had the effect of “rallying the troops”. Analysis of the document has made it possible to draw up an appeal to the Commission President and all the EU Heads of State. It takes the form of an open letter that asks for funding of a new European pact for the climate and jobs.
Just as we pointed out in the previous section for the GNDE (which has the merit of also suggesting where funds can be found).
The following open letter was co-signed by more than 700 politicians, climatologists, economists, unionists, entrepreneurs, students, citizens and elected representatives at local, national and European level.
One million citizen of Europe signed the Open Letter in just 1 week, on the website Climateandjobs.eu, where the original version of this letter, as well as the sources of the different figures provided are also available. The objective is to reach at least 2 million.
Here is part of the text: Continua a leggere “GNDE (Civil Society) ≠ GNE (Commission European) – Vive la différence!: Suggestions for changing behaviour”