Book launch: Coal, Colonialism & Resistance (by Still Burning – network against hard coal and neocolonialism)
Coal is colonial, coal destroys ecosystems and communities, and coal is a climate killer. Across Europe, governments are implementing coal phase-outs and closing down hard coal mines. At the same time, Europe continues to import hard coal, outsourcing the destruction of ecosystems and communities to Russia, Colombia, and elsewhere. The book highlights the colonial entanglements of coal and warns of false green solutions – relying on hydrogen for ‘green steel’, for instance, and on renewables for ‘clean electricity’ – that don’t challenge colonialism, capitalism, and the state. It centres the voices of affected communities and warns of ‘false green solutions’.
After a short presentation of the book, we invite two speakers from Russia and Colombia to share their experiences of the impacts of mining and their resistance, and a decolonial climate justice and degrowth activist to explore ‘false solutions’ and ways to challenge climate injustice and neocolonialism.
30 March, 2021, 6-7.45pm CEST/5-6.45pm GMT
Narlis Guzmán Angula (Environmental and human rights activist, Colombia, via video message)
Vladimir Slivyak (EcoDefence, Russia)
Tonny Nowshin (Climate justice and degrowth activist)
Co-author of Coal, Colonialism & Resistance
Follow-up event: Coal and resistance in Colombia – a critical perspective of a local activist after a year of pandemic
April 7, 2021 7–8.30pm CEST/6-7.30pm GMT
Narlis Guzmán Angulo (environmental and human rights activist)
The book will be available here from 30 March on https://stillburning.net/ in pdf and printed version
We are looking forward to welcoming many of you there!
The editors of the book