GNDE (Società Civile) ≠ GNE (Commissione Europea): Proposte di cambiamento del comportamento

GNDE – Società Civile  

Ci è stato chiesto perché “ci piace” il GNDE. Molti ci segnalano che non vi trovano idee “ecologiche” specifiche che indichino il cammino da seguire.

Cerchiamo di spiegare perché consideriamo fondamentale riferirsi al GNDE.

In quanto “cultori” del suolo siamo pronti a elencare i modi con cui salvaguardarlo e trasmetterlo in buone condizioni. Sappiamo elencare metodologie e tecniche specifiche, fino a descrivere le strutture microscopiche delle argille e le posizione dei vacuum.

Ma riusciamo con questi dati a cambiare il comportamento delle singole persone e dei vari responsabili politici e tecnici? La risposta è negativa.

Lo stesso vale per gli altri problemi che si riferiscono al cambiamento climatico.

In pratica possiamo considerarci anche noi delle Cassandre inascoltate.

Allora, cosa fa di importante il GNDE?

Crea il quadro di riferimento in cui le azioni di salvaguardia della natura e degli ecosistemi devono essere inserite. Lo fa ripartendo dai concetti fondamentali: a) riportare sotto il controllo pubblico e decisionale tutto ciò che riguarda l’ambiente (Green Public Work) descrivendone la possibilità di finanziamento e togliendone il controllo/gestione al settore privato; b) ricostruisce un quadro di credibilità dell’Unione europea trasformando l’attuale complessa struttura burocratica in una nuova identità capace di salvaguardare l’ambiente per le nuove generazioni (EnU – Environmental Union); c) cerca di stabilire un contesto di giustizia sociale, quindi di democrazia e di partecipazione, che si rivolga ai più deboli rafforzando le comunità di base e invitandole a partecipare ai livelli decisionali su programmi e regole. Continua a leggere “GNDE (Società Civile) ≠ GNE (Commissione Europea): Proposte di cambiamento del comportamento”

European Voluntary Civil Service and Obligatory Farming Service

GNDE –Civil Society 

We have been asked to give more details about the GNDE which we introduced in February’s newsletter . There are summaries in a number of European languages but we recommend reading the original text in English in its entirety. We recommend this because we are seeing a proliferation of calls from civil society that deal with the issue in a partial or sectoral manner. When they do approach it in a holistic manner (see for example the excellent Campaign in 7 points “Return to the Future” by FFF-Italy ) they repeat analyses and proposals already present in the GNDE. We are therefore calling on everyone to open up and come together on the same path, avoiding the usual dispersal into different tracks.

Respecting the need to face the overlapping crises in their entirety, the GNDE speaks of Green Public Works. As happened with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the State that has to intervene and impose rules to protect  social cohesion and the environment. The State and the EU – on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity – can impose rules and laws and make sure they are observed. This is why we need an institution like the Commission for Environmental Justice capable of acting throughout the whole of Europe.

GNE – European Commission

Frans Timmermans, the EC Commissioner responsible for the GDE, had a meeting with the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament on 21 April. His words are important because they illustrate how the European Commission wants to implement the Green Deal for Europe.

Many of the points raised in his intervention are present in almost all the EC high representative’s speeches of the last few weeks: the COVID19 crisis and ecological crisis must be faced together; a green recovery is possible in the EU; there is the need for a substantial green investment capacity to create a new green sustainable economy; the GDE is the way to give Europe a growth strategy that is a winning strategy that is also valid globally.

In addition, he mentioned his agreement on the creation of a Green Alliance with ‘180 Ministers, MEP, NGO’s, trade unions, many in the private sector. And it is possible, in the very short run, to design a plan – a green one – that delivers quickly in terms of jobs and economic growth.

Wonderful stuff, no? We have some doubts; we perceive the risk of considering only the solutions indicated in the speech. They all refer to the past way of living and proposing technical solutions like solar panels, home insulation, harvesting more sustainably, cleaner cars or even zero-emission ones, industries adopting the circular economy, etc. All positive steps, but they all seek to return to the previous situation in which “our house will continue to burn”, as Fridays For Future reminded us.

It is not acceptable that to “deliver quick wins, for jobs and for health”, we have to come back to even more cars, more privatisation, a bigger gulf between the richest and the poorest. Moreover, an EU Climate Law with the 2050 deadline as an “aim for Europe to become climate neutral by 2050” is not a responsible target for the younger generations.

It is not the time to look for the usual “lowest European common denominator”, but “Per aspera ad astra” (“through difficulties to the stars”).

Suggestions for changing behaviour

The Peace Corps is a volunteering organisation created in 1961 by the US government  –  at the start of the presidency of John F Kennedy – to intervene in developing countries. Erasmus is the initiative that allows European university students to continue their studies in other  EU member states.

Why do we mention them? Because we have reached the moment for the creation of a European programme to recruit and reward young volunteers in every  Member State of the EU. To do what? Everything that young people have shown themselves capable of in this moment of crisis: solidarity, unselfishness, sacrifice, with the sole aim of making themselves useful.

We would add to this proposal another one, for an obligatory civilian service, paid for out of public funds, to work in the farming sector to support small and medium farmers. The “conscripts” would come into contact with the rural world and learn the value of food production, an activity they would be able to resume whenever they needed to. It would put them in touch with values, knowledge and flavours that would otherwise increasingly be lost.  At the same time this would lead to a revaluing of farming and a challenge to the horrible system of gang labour.

GNDE (Civil Society) ≠ GNE (European Commission): Vive la différence! : “Normality is the problem”

In the climate of uncertainty created by Covid 19 we are living in a waiting situation. It’s almost as if we are on a starting line waiting for the starting gun. But going where? To start everything all over again as before, once restrictions and limitations have been lifted? This tragedy – which has already seen tens of thousands of deaths –  must, and we repeat must make us reflect on and reconsider our way of life. The hardest hit generation is the oldest, those very people who in the postwar period enabled an oasis of happiness to be built in Europe. This oasis of peace, solidarity and mutual understanding is called the European Union. It was their energy and sacrifices that allowed us to lead a life of dignity, based on values that are the envy of those who are not part of the EU. It was they who provided healthcare, food and education for all, with no ifs or buts. And we are letting them be taken first. The carehomes of many countries – whether as a result of political decisions or for other reasons – are not getting the healthcare support they need. We are not trying to be critical, we are just asking people to spare a thought for these elderly people who are alone in the last moments of their lives, without the presence and comfort of their loved ones.

Policies based on profiting from the dismantling of the public sphere have led to the state of disintegration that we we see before us. The approach of “There Is No Alternative” has failed, as has that of unchecked globalization. At moments of crisis we turn to the state and to its ability to regulate not only the health emergency but also the economic survival of businesses and individuals. Continua a leggere “GNDE (Civil Society) ≠ GNE (European Commission): Vive la différence! : “Normality is the problem””

GNDE (Società Civile) ≠ GNE (Commissione Europea) – W la differenza: “La normalità è il problema”

Nel clima di incertezza creatosi col Covid 19 si vive in situazione di attesa. Sembra quasi di essere tutti posizionati su una linea di partenza in attesa dello sparo dello starter. Per andare dove? Per ricominciare tutto come prima, una volta eliminati vincoli e limiti?

Questa tragedia – in cui i morti si contano a migliaia – deve, e sottolineiamo deve, farci riflettere e riconsiderare il nostro modo di vivere. La generazione più penalizzata è quella dei più anziani, proprio quella che ha permesso nel dopoguerra di costruire in Europa un’oasi felice nel mondo. Un’oasi di pace di solidarietà di comprensione chiamata Unione Europea. Sono state le loro energie e le loro rinunce a permetterci una vita dignitosa, fondata su valori invidiati da chi non è membro dell’UE. Sono loro che hanno creato sanità, cibo e educazione per tutti, senza se e senza ma. Li stiamo lasciando andare per primi. Nelle case di riposo di molti Stati – per decisione di carattere politico o di urgenza – non ricevono il sostegno sanitario necessario. Non vogliamo criticare, chiediamo solo a ognuno di avere un pensiero di saluto per questi anziani che nel momento finale della loro esistenza rimangono soli, senza la presenza e il conforto dei loro cari.

Le politiche basate sul profitto di smantellamento delle attività pubbliche hanno prodotto lo sfacelo che è sotto i nostri occhi. La cosiddetta TINA (“Non c’è alternativa”) è risultato un fallimento, così come la mondializzazione/globalizzazione selvaggia. Nel momento della crisi è allo Stato che ci si rivolge e alla sua capacità di regolare non solo l’emergenza sanitaria, ma anche la sopravvivenza economica delle imprese e dei singoli.

Il GNDE e il GNE, con tutti i loro limiti hanno l’obiettivo di indurci a cambiare modo di vivere, attraverso il rispetto dell’ambiente e la coesione sociale. Sembravano suoni di campane provenienti da un villaggio lontano, quasi un flebile suono rispetto ai rumori assordanti della nostre occupazioni quotidiane. Ora, in questa tempesta mondiale, devono essere il nostro punto di riferimento, di approdo e di speranza. Continua a leggere “GNDE (Società Civile) ≠ GNE (Commissione Europea) – W la differenza: “La normalità è il problema””

GNDE (Civil Society) ≠ GNE (European Commission) – Vive la différence!: Let’s plant trees for free

According to an old Italian proverb “Sometimes more happens in an hour than in 100 years“. In the same way, nothing happens for a long time on a particular matter and then suddenly a whole lot of things happen one after another.

This is what has happened with the Green New Deal which gathered pace as soon as it was launched and forced the world of politics as well as individuals to take notice of the enviornmental limits that have been reached and surpassed, thanks in part to demonstrations that have taken place around the world. Had it not been for the Coronavirus pandemic, the Green New Deal would probably be the main talking point for discussions in the media as well as in politics.

As promised, we are providing a space here to set out the dynamics of the ongoing debate while giving concrete examples of possible options and solutions. Continua a leggere “GNDE (Civil Society) ≠ GNE (European Commission) – Vive la différence!: Let’s plant trees for free”

GNDE (Civil Society) – GNE (European Commission): Vive la différence!

Attentive readers will have noticed that this section is no longer called the “European Dimension“. This is a change not just of name but of content. We think it is necessary to follow the debate around the Green Pact for Europe closely. As we have already noted, on one side is the European Commission’s GDE and on the other the GNDE coming from civil society.

Since we are not “neutral”, we prefer concrete suggestions, which is why we support the proposals of civil society – which are almost always ignored – since they are more concrete and less “improvised”. We believe, however, in a dialogue that is open and as constructive as possible and this is why we report on the proposals and actions of both sides.

We will then add a third section, containing concrete ideas that can lead to changes in behaviour, at both the individual, political and European levels.

We can start right away. Continua a leggere “GNDE (Civil Society) – GNE (European Commission): Vive la différence!”

GDE – GNDE: Vive la différence !

In the previous Newsletter we wrote about the Green Deal for Europe – GND, the document of the new European Commission, raising some doubts and questions especially as regards the soil.

There is however a document drawn up by civil society: The Green New Deal for Europe – GNDE that tries to set out a Europe-wide plan for a workable transition. Three organizations were involved in preparing the first draft of the document: Green Public Works (GPW), Environmental Union (EnU) and Environmental Justice Commission (EJC). Their work circulated among various NGOs before being handed over for scrutiny of the analysis and contributions last September. The final document is not yet available but the draft includes discussion of the soil in its different contexts: environmental, agricultural, and urban, with a single common aim: “Beyond reaching net-zero emissions, the Green New Deal for Europe must also work to reverse biodiversity loss, soil degradation, and other forms of environmental breakdown.” Continua a leggere “GDE – GNDE: Vive la différence !”

The Green Deal for Europe

In queste settimane si sente sempre più parlare del Green Deal for Europe(Patto Verde per l’Europa) con cui la nuova Commissione Europea si è presentata per rispondere alle proteste dei giovani e della società civile che domandano e pretendono cose concrete e non fiumi di parole. Il Commissario Frans Timmermans ne ha la delega specifica.

Fino ad oggi le questioni ambientali erano state bloccate dalla precedente Commissione Europea. Ora assistiamo ad una rivitalizzazione delle strutture comunitarie su questa tematica in vista della preparazione del Patto Verde. Ma quest’ultimo cosa contiene? …

Lo si può capire leggendo il documento presentato ufficialmente l’11.12.2019 e disponibile in inglese, francese e tedesco nel sito della Commissione Europea (Bruxelles, COM(2019) 640 finale). È una lista di buone intenzioni e belle parole, con descrizioni di attività frenetiche” da attuare entro il 2020 e il 2021 per preparare piani, direttive, legislazioni. La Commissione proclama questo documento come una Tabella di Marcia da attuare insieme a cittadini, società civile, Stati membri e paesi extraeuropei.

La prima pagina è entusiasmante! Si cambia sistema rispetto alla Commissione degli ultimi cinque anni: Continua a leggere “The Green Deal for Europe”