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BEST FOR MOST CLUB: Suzanne Dhaliwal
19:30 on 30 November 2018
Join us for a delicious Nigerian feast from Baobab Women’s Project and a talk about environmental racism from Suzanne Dhaliwal.
The imbalance of climate change often follows imperial logic; the countries and communities which are facing the immediate and grave effects of it are those which have been subject to colonialism, and the colonisers are the countries which have done the greatest harm to the planet. Suzanne Dhaliwal will speak about the necessity of anti-racist organising being at the heart of action on climate change, the history of indigenous rights activists in leading the movement, and the profiteering of UK corporations in their exploitation of foreign resources and people.
Suzanne Dhaliwal is an activist and campaigner working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. She has been connecting environmental justice struggles in the Arctic, Tar Sands and Nigeria specifically around Shell’s human rights violations. Since 2011 she has developed anti-oppression and creative action trainings to support the development of a creative inclusive environmental movement grounded in anti-oppression principles.
Best for Most Club is a programme which questions what it means to be living in the age of catastrophic climate change, a period which Amitav Ghosh predicts will be viewed as an era of derangement for our failure to grasp the irreversible scale and violence of it.
Current trajectories of between 2 and 5 degrees increase will produce an unrecognisable world from the one we have today, and it’s easy to shrink into impotence faced at the sheer magnitude of this. Best for Most Club will attempt to untangle the dense global systems which continue to feed the capitalist drive to extract resources and burn fossil fuels, and propose tangible collective actions.
Our starting point is where we are – a vulnerable coastal village in remote Scottish Highlands, which is a relatively shielded global northern territory. We will work with grass-roots activists, individuals and organisations from a multiple of disciplines invested in protecting and restoring the environment, to examine the local threat of climate change and its global relationship to postcolonial politics, food and energy sovereignty, the financialisation of the ecosystem and alternative agricultural systems.