Media Attention to Five proposals from Academics to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

Several WEGO member have contributed to a highly visible Manifesto by Dutch Academics that has been circulating in the highest circles in The Netherlands. One key question that people are interested in is the ‘how’ question: how to go about implementing the five proposals in the Manifesto. Together with many other communities, in the Netherlands and globally, the authors of the Manifesto believe the time is right for such a positive and meaningful vision going forward. The Manifesto urges politicians, policy-makers and the general public to start organizing for their implementation sooner rather than later.

  • The Netherlands-based scholars working on issues around development have put forward five key policy proposals for a post-COVID-19 development model, all of which can be implemented immediately and sustained after this particular crisis has subsided:
  • 1) a move away from development focused on aggregate GDP growth to differentiate among sectors that can grow and need investment (the so-called critical public sectors, and clean energy, education, health and more) and sectors that need to radically degrow due to their fundamental unsustainability or their role in driving continuous and excessive consumption (especially private sector oil, gas, mining, advertising, and so forth);
  • 2) an economic framework focused on redistribution, which establishes a universal basic income rooted in a universal social policy system, a strong progressive taxation of income, profits and wealth, reduced working hours and job sharing, and recognizes care work and essential public services such as health and education for their intrinsic value;
  • 3) agricultural transformation towards regenerative agriculture based on biodiversity conservation, sustainable and mostly local and vegetarian food production, as well as fair agricultural employment conditions and wages;
  • 4) reduction of consumption and travel, with a drastic shift from luxury and wasteful consumption and travel to basic, necessary, sustainable and satisfying consumption and travel;
  • 5) debt cancellation, especially for workers and small business owners and for countries in the global south (both from richer countries and international financial institutions).

The English text is now online via https://www.thebrokeronline.eu/in-this-rocky-boat-together/;  and the manifesto has been translated into Swedish, German, Spanish, Catalan, French and been in the news in many countries (like in Spain: http://esferapublica.org/nfblog/planificacion-post-corona-cinco-propuestas-para-construir-un-mundo-radicalmente-mas-sostenible-e-igualitario/  and Chili: https://www.elclarin.cl/2020/04/23/holandeses-avanzan-en-el-escenario-pospandemia-y-proponen-un-modelo-economico-basado-en-el-decrecimiento/);

Within The Netherlands there is now a lot of support for the manifesto including ecologists, plant scientists, epidemiologists, economists and others. Here is where the manifesto has been circulating among industry and policy circles:

 

COVID-19 and the future of farmers and fisherfolk in Indonesia – webinar

Siti Maimunah was speaking in a webinar about ‘the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of farmer and fisherfolk in Indonesia, who Care?’  on May 16, 2020. The information and video are in Indonesian.

WEBINAR, Pusat Studi Islam Perempuan dan Pembangunan (PSIPP) ITB Ahmad Dahlan Jakarta mengundang Ibu/Bapak, teman-teman dalam kegiatan diskusi bertema:

Nasib Nelayan dan Petani di Masa Pandemik, Siapa Peduli?
Sabtu, 16 Mei 2020
Jam 13.30 – selesai
Pengantar
Yulianti Muthmainnah (Ketua PSIPP ITB-AD Jakarta)
Pemantik
Mukhaer Pakkanna (Rektor ITB-AD Jakarta): temuan hasil penelitian nelayan perempuan
Narasumber
– Sutia Budi (Ketua Umum Jaringan Nelayan Matahari dan Wakil Rektor I ITB-AD Jakarta)
– Riza Damanik (Staf Khusus Menteri Koperasi dan UKM)
– Nissa Wargadipura (Pendiri Pesantren Ekologi At-Thaariq, Garut-Jawa Barat)
Siti Maimunah (Kandidat PhD Univ. Passau, WEGO-ITN Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)
– Bachtiar Dwi Kurniawan (Sekretaris Majelis Pemberdayaan Masyarakat PP Muhammadiyah)
Moderator: Suparman (Ketua Umum DPD IMM DKI Jakarta, Mahasiswa Pascasarjana ITB-AD Jakarta)

[LIVE STREAMING] Nasib Nelayan dan Petani di Masa Pandemik, Siapa Peduli?

WEBINAR, Pusat Studi Islam Perempuan dan Pembangunan (PSIPP) ITB Ahmad Dahlan Jakarta mengundang Ibu/Bapak, teman-teman dalam kegiatan diskusi bertema:Nasib Nelayan dan Petani di Masa Pandemik, Siapa Peduli?Sabtu, 16 Mei 2020 Jam 13.30 – selesaiPengantarYulianti Muthmainnah (Ketua PSIPP ITB-AD Jakarta)PemantikMukhaer Pakkanna (Rektor ITB-AD Jakarta): temuan hasil penelitian nelayan perempuan.Narasumber- Sutia Budi (Ketua Umum Jaringan Nelayan Matahari dan Wakil Rektor I ITB-AD Jakarta)- Riza Damanik (Staf Khusus Menteri Koperasi dan UKM)- Nissa Wargadipura (Pendiri Pesantren Ekologi At-Thaariq, Garut-Jawa Barat)- Siti Maimunah (Kandidat PhD Univ. Passau, WEGO-ITN Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)- Bachtiar Dwi Kurniawan (Sekretaris Majelis Pemberdayaan Masyarakat PP Muhammadiyah)Moderator: Suparman (Ketua Umum DPD IMM DKI Jakarta, Mahasiswa Pascasarjana ITB-AD Jakarta)

Geplaatst door ITB Ahmad Dahlan op Vrijdag 15 mei 2020