[WSMDiscuss] Goodbye industrial NGO advocacy complex after speech at UN Summit

Azril Bacal Roij bazril1 at lamolina.edu.pe
Thu Dec 6 10:50:58 CET 2018

Dear Tord and members of this list,
While basically in agreement with Tord concerning the revitalization of
social movements and avoiding the hegemony of NGOs, I would continue the
line of putting pressure on elected politicians to address the urgent need
to diminish CO2 emissions,
at the local and national levels.
I also agree with Tord concerning 15 years-old Greta Thunberg, whose clear
vision, language and courage stands in dire contrast with the dubious
language and worse praxis of most of the current leaders, authorities and
politicians of the world, at the international, national and local levels.
Greta is the best happening to Sweden since the SD:rites (extrem right with
nazi roots, so-called Swedish Democrats) got over 16% of the votes in the
past national elections, following the same trend as Trump, Bolsonaro,
Modi, Ergodan, the Saudi prince and you name it...
There is light in the darkness!
Climate Justice might be the new banner of the Swedish climate &
environmental movements.
System change is required to achieve climate change!
Friends of the Earth-Uppsala

El mar., 4 dic. 2018 a las 16:45, Tord Björk via WSM-Discuss (<
wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net>) escribió:

> Hello everybody!
> In memoriam of global NGO advocacy industry
> Its hegemony upon which it received its hegemonial position died on the
> 3rd of December 2018
> I have for long wondered why grown-ups have allowed NGO advocacy
> professionals to maintain hegemony in the environmental movement. Allt the
> time asking us to put pressure on world leaders directing our attention to
> actors that decade after decade have shown that they are not willing to act
> thus diluting the interest in seeing ourselves as a collective actor needed
> to change society and the world. Now a child, 15 yer old Greta Thunberg
> have spoken to the UN conference in Katowice on the 3rd of December 2018
> aand the spell is broken: The Caesar is naked:
> "So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future.
> They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have
> come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or
> not. The people will rise to the challenge. And since our leaders are
> behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should
> have taken long ago.”
> As coordinator of the first international climate action days together
> with fellow Swedes and Finns 1991-94 were we had the same message as Greta
> I always wondered why so called Climate Action Network and others were
> completely uninterested in anything else then lobbying. When the
> international climate action days was brought up again by Socialist
> Worker's Party, Greenpeace, 350.org and others in 2005 it was done with
> the same focus on demanding action from world leaders avoiding any
> antineoliberal demand that could link the climate struggle to other social
> struggles.
> Now is the time for popular moveents to rise up to the challenge made by
> Greta and all the kids speaking up.
> Tord Björk
> Kristianstad 4th of December 2018
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