ACKnowl-EJ launched in 2016 and will launch again in 2017 a small contract scheme that aims to foster the creation of innovative featured maps by activists (NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, etc.) in collaboration with the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice. In future calls, the ACKnowl-EJ will explore the construction of featured maps that make visible the alternatives born from communities and social movements around the world.
The pilot call launched in 2016 aimed at supporting action-research on environmental justice and campaigns on ongoing work in the field, and create public and educational materials dedicated to documenting and unveiling processes of destructive extractivism and dispossession.
Three small contracts were granted to groups in Australia, Spain and Colombia to develop featured maps in 2016:
An Australian network of academics and activists is developing a featured map on climate justice and unequal exchange. This featured map aims to impact on ongoing debates regarding coal transition, environmental justice and climate change.
Friends of the Earth Australia and RMIT University
The Colombian NGO, CENSAT is coordinating with the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights the construction of a featured map on Women’s struggles against extractivism in Latin America. This map aims to empower local and national movements and their struggles and highlight the differentiated impacts on women and their approaches to face them.
The Observatory of the Global Debt, based in Catalonia, is coordinating with other mobilized groups a featured map on the “EU Gas Lock-in” that aims to bring together data about both existing and proposed European gas infrastructure (specifically, the EU’s 70+ Projects of Common Interest) to trace the current and projected supply chains of gas into Europe. It is their hope to provide a useful resource to activists that can lay the ground-work for future supply-chain organizing around methane gas infrastructure and financing in Europe. They believe that gathering and sharing this useful information with potentially impacted communities is the best early step towards growing a coordinated and decentralized resistance to a EU Gas Lock-in.
See: Filtered map of all “natural” gas project resistances already included in the EJAtlas.
They are seeking suggestions on which important projects we are missing and should be included in the EU Gas Lock-In Map to get a sense of the true scale of this threat. Notably, they are also looking at EU Gas imports to be able to show the truly global impacts of the EU’s current energy policies, and thus are looking to include cases from export infrastructure to Europe (such as Algeria, USA, Qatar, Egypt, etc.). They believe one of the most powerful tools we have is information and our ability to pull it together into coherent stories that unite struggles. Any suggestions on new cases to include, or cases that should be updated, are welcomed with open arms. To do so please write Kevin Buckland @ firstname.lastname@example.org
For a general overview of the European (and Global) Gas Lock-in threat, download the report (EN, FR, SP) Fossil Fuel Lock-In: Why Gas is a False Solution.