You can find the full schedule for the program during the action week below.
Please note: Here and in the program booklet we have only included the program content related to workshops, panels, lectures and the like. The cultural program (bands and artists) will follow soon.
Read on further for a description of each part of the program.
The full program booklet can be downloaded here: code-rood_brochure-ENG
Saturday the 25th of August
10.00-18.00 Action training for newcomers
This training is for those who for the first time want to (or are not sure to) join a mass civil disobedience action. Through exercises and fun activities, you wil find out what to consider. What is an affinity group? What is a buddy? What should you know about your rights, and how do you deal with obstacles? These topics and more will be discussed during this interactive workshop.
Please follow this link to sign up! (The web page is in Dutch, but translation can be provided during the training).
11.00-12.30 Gas issues in The Netherlands (Dutch)
Yfke Eijgelaar, born and raised in Groningen and strongly connected to the Hogeland, is fighting against the looting of the province, and the bribery practices that have been used to tempt municipalities to cooperate for decades. Yfke is a member of the Groninger Bodem Beweging (Groninger Soil Movement), but is also active as an independent agitator. She will give an introduction of the gas politics in the region with a few local friends from the grassroots struggle.
Global Gasdown-Frackdown Human Map
The Gastivist Collective is a small group of international climate activists whose aim is to support grassroots groups who fight new gas infrastructure. By facilitating the flow of information between NGOs and local groups, and connecting people, we aim to build a movement that will stop gas and bring an energy transition towards a renewable and community-owned energy system.
14.30-16.00 Why gast stinks! On international gas struggles
14.30-16.00 Energy Democracy: Challenging Corporate Power and the Energy Charter Treaty (Dutch with English translation)
How does the fight for a just and democratic energy transition tackle and dismantle the power of energy multinationals and trade investment agreements, such as the Energy Charter Treaty? In this session we will discuss how the struggles against extractivism, corporate power, and energy poverty are connected hand in hand with a wide-ranging fight for radical equality, secure and fairly-paid renewable jobs, and climate justice.
Ike Teuling is a climate activist, journalist, campaigner, Rotterdammer, Shellwatcher, and works at MilieuDefensie • Lavinia Steinfort is a specialist in public alternatives at the Transnational Institute • Jelle de Graaf is a dual city councillor for Democracy, Digital City, Sustainability and Food [Democratie, Digitale Stad, Duurzaamheid en Voedsel] in Amsterdam • Representative of the FNV (Netherlands Trade Union Confederation)
14.30-16.00 Climate Conversations (Dutch).
16.30-18.00 Who profits? Climate change, energy security, conflict and migration.
Presentation and discussion on the connections between climate change, energy security, (armed) conflict and forced migration. And a look at the way the military and security industry profits from all aspects of this. Panel with representatives from the Transnational Institute (TNI), Stop Wapenhandel, Stop the War on Migrants and
the Darfur Union. This workshop will argue that it is critical that peace, environmental, migration and international justice activists join forces to tackle the problems at the crossroads of their work.
This session has been organised in cooperation with Transnational Institute (TNI) & Stop Wapenhandel. Mark Akkerman is a researcher at Stop Wapenhandel (Dutch Campaign Against Arms Trade). He has also written and campaigned on the greenwashing of the arms trade and the militarisation of climate change responses. • Spokesperson from Darfur Union • Spokesperson from Stop the War on Migrants Spokesperson from Transnational Institute
16.30-18.00: Speed dating for activists and campaigners.
20.00-21.30: International panel: From shifting energy to shifting power.
How do we go from shifting our energy sources and industries to shifting power structures? This panel will explore how different struggles against fossil fuels are connected to historic structures of power and politics. We will learn about the gas struggle in Groningen, Tar Sands in the UK, the indigenous Mapuche’s fights in Chile, and power dynamics in climate justice organizing. By connecting these struggles and placing them in a historical and global context, we will explore what must be done to radically transform the conditions threatening our planet and lives.
Suzanne Dhaliwal is an advocate provocateur, interdisciplinary artist, lecturer and environmental justice and anti-oppression trainer. Sandra Beckerman is a politician for the Socialist party and an long-time, outspoken voice against the gas industry. Stephanie Collingwoode Williams is a social worker, anthropology student, poet and activist. • Maria Railaf Zuniga is a human rights advocate and spokesperson for Mapuche Foundation FOLIL, an indigenous-led human rights organization. • The panel will be moderated by Chihiro Geuzebroek, the director of the climate justice film Radical Friends, an activist, campaign manager, and public speaker.
Sunday the 26th of August
11.00-12.30: Is gas being greenwasher as a transition fuel?
“Gas is a transition fuel,” we are told. Millions are invested in a LNG-terminal in Rotterdam, and billions in the exploitation of new gas fields in countries like Mozambique. Is this a proper investment of money, time and energy, or a mere distraction from the fact that we should be phasing out gas? We ask investigative journalist Jilles Mast (PAJ) to answer these and more questions about gas as a transition fuel. Mast is an investigative journalist with PAJ and has done research into the introduction of LNG in the transport and extraction of gas in Mozambique.
11.00-12.30 Free the Soil.
Climate Collective is an affinity based direct action group from Denmark working for climate justice. • ASEED is an action organisation based in Amsterdam that has been campaigning on agriculture and climate change for years.
11.00-12.30 Peaceful Resistance (Dutch).
Irene Hadjidakis – van Schagen, De Grenswaker, works in terminal care. She has a philosophical and medical background, specialised in individual and collective life questions. She is devoted to peace in a world which is based on a war-economy, and she tries to reduce the free market workings in the public sphere to protect the planet and the life she carries.
11.00-12.30 Rooted in the Resistance.
ausgeCO2hlt is a grassroots group for climate justice. Their focus is the fight against lignite mining in the Rhineland, Germany. They are part of the European Climate Justice Action (CJA) network.
14.30-16.00 Necessity knows no law? The theory behind civil disobedience (Dutch).
Mathijs van de Sande is political philosopher and lecturer at Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen. He is member of the organisation Doorbraak.
14.30-16.00 Power of the imagination: on art and activism.
The central theme of this panel discussion is art. What role does it play in the public debate and how can it bring activism further? Who are the role models, and what are their strategies? From flashmob performances against the sponsorship of the fossile industry, communal projects to address racism and injustice, to utopian and dystopian science fiction, conversation will present and discuss various forms of art and activism.
Teresa Borasino (b. 1978, Lima; lives and works in Amsterdam) is a visual artist and activist. Her work addresses the climate crisis through various mediums – performance, installation, graphic design, and direct action. She co-founded Fossil Free Culture NL. • Patricia Kaersenhout (1966) is a Dutch visual artist and cultural activist. The red thread through her work is research into the African Diaspora, which she relates to the history of slavery, racism, feminism and sexuality. • Sumugan Sivanesan (Berlin/Sydney) is an anti-disciplinary artist and writer. Often working collaboratively his interests span histories of anticolonialism, fugitive migration, activist media, non-human rights and extinctions. • Moderated by Harriet Bergman.
14.30-17.30: Speaking Out (Storytelling)
This workshop will be led by the Fifth Friday Sisterhood, an advocacy platform dedicated to providing training and support to any and all social/civil groups, organisations and individuals demanding changes in political policies, laws, governing bodies and institutions.
14.30 (also on Monday the 27th of August at 11.00): Workshop: Banners and props for the action.
16.30-18.00: Learning to fight in a warming world – with Andreas Malm
The curves are still pointing in the wrong directions: more capital invested in fossil fuels; increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere; escalating climate catastrophes around the world; a surging climate change denialist far right. How do we defuse this pipeline? How do we combat the disaster of business-as-usual? This talk
will discuss various obstacles and potentials for a militant, popular struggle for climate justice in the present conjuncture. This session has been organised in cooperation with the 2.Dh5 Festival.
Andreas Malm teaches Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden. He is the author, with Shora Esmailian, of Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War and of Fossil Capital, which won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize, and most recently The Progress of This Storm.
16.30-18.00: Zucker im Tank – small-group actions in the Rhineland
Zucker im Tank campaigns for small-group actions against browncoal and for other emancipatory struggles.
16.30 (also on Monday the 27th of August at 14.30): Affinity group making
21.30: Empowering our voices.
Florian Wolff, singer songwriter from Groningen, combines his talents for music (finalist Grote Prijs van Nederland and performed at 3FM – Serious Talent) with activism, using his enthousiasm to bring many others along.
21.30: Stories of the Underground: storytelling at the campfire.
Monday the 27th of August
10.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00 and 16.30-18.30: Action Trainings (Dutch with English translation).
11.00-12.00, 14.30-15.30 and 16.30-17.30: Support and Recovery briefings.
11.00-12.30: Resilience during actions.
14.30-16.00 Interrogation training (Dutch).
14.30: Finger structure practice.
16.30: First Aid training.
16.30-18.30: Creative Resistance to Oil and Gas Sponsorship.
FFC-NL is a collective of artists, activists, researchers and critics working at the intersection of art and climate activism. Their goal is to confront oil and gas sponsorship of public cultural institutions in the Netherlands. They are committed to eroding the fossil fuel industry’s public image and their social license to operate.
Legal workshop / Fill out Form + Q&A (on Monday the 27th of August, all day).
Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th of August: ACTION!
See the “Action”-menu on the website for more information.
Thursday the 30th of August
14.30-16.30: Sustainable activism workshop.
16.30-18.00: Open Mic: Future events & Next steps