Programme

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.

The action training is offered by Stroomversnellers: a trainers collective supporting grassroots movements, organizations and individuals who are striving for a more just and sustainable world. Through trainings, they offer support with things like campaigning, movement building, strategy work, and direct action.

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)

A short journey through the legislative labyrinth of the Dutch state and the ‘Olies’, Shell and Exxon. Since the discovery of the Groningen gas field, these parties have been advising the Dutch government on how to ensure that the gas yields maximum profit, and as little as possible costs for damage compensations.

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 gas industry is rapidly globalising; instead of renewables, fossil gas is sold as a clean, green solution to oil and coal. Together, we will make a human map of the biggest global supply chains of this dangerous fossil fuel. If you don’t live in Groningen, near a pipeline, transport terminal, or fracking rig — you probably live near a bank that funds it! So what are we going to do about it? On and around October 13 there will be an international mobilisation against gas and fracking — learn more about the Gasdown-Frackdown and identify targets — gas down, frack down, rise up!

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

Come find out why so many groups in Europe are resisting new gas infrastructure and how to support them in their struggle. We will explore why gas is bad for our climate and for social justice, what infrastructure is planned in Germany and Europe, and why we have such a good opportunity to act now. We will then discuss how we can resist these new fossil projects in The Netherlands and beyond. By various ‘Gastivists’.

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).

Speaking about climate change isn’t always easy. In this workshop we will learn how to have productive conver- sations about climate change and take people on board the struggle for the necessary changes. This workshop will be led by Anneke Wensing from the foundation KlimaatGesprekken.

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.

In this workshop you can get in touch with local and international climate and gas activists and organisations. Whether you want to find people in your area with whom you would like to get active, or to network with other activists to build coalitions, this is the workshop for you. This workshop will be facilitated by Dhjana: writer, filmmaker, activist and sustainable activism trainer.

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.

Industrial agriculture is one of the main drivers of the climate crisis. Besides livestock farming, land use changes and transport, the use of synthetic fertilizers is also responsible for a large part of greenhouse gas emissions. Huge amounts of natural gas are used for this. However, the alternatives are already available and all around us. What we need is resistance to the industrial agriculture system and the few companies which control it. We will present two campaigns, Free the Soil and Fossil Free Agriculture, and invite everybody to get involved in the campaigns and mass action in summer 2019.

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).

When we mop the floor while the tap is still open (Dutch expression), it is time to find the tap and close it. During this workshop we will dig deep to find the tap that is the source of the collapse of our houses, our constitutional state, and our lives themselves. There, at the source, we will draw a line and stand up, to never sit down again. In peace, as one group, with one voice: ‘till here and no further. Our lives and all life on our planet is more important than any economic calculation! This workshop will make sure we understand, feel, trust we can change things, and will do so!’

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.

The lignite mining area in the Rhineland (Germany) is Europe’s biggest source of CO2. The open pit mine has huge destructive impacts on nature, agriculture and population. But the resistance against the mining has grown in the last years: from demonstrations to civil disobedience to occupying a forest. In 2018 the anti-coal group ausgeCO2hlt teamed up with artist Oliver Scheibler and collected the beautiful stories of the diverse resistance in a 1.8 × 1.3 m wimmel picture. In the workshop, the black and white drawing is used to show the impact of lignite mining, as well as the existing project of resistance. We will also give an outlook of what is planned for the autumn 2018. Then, RWE, the owner of the mine, plans to cut down the last bit of the Hambach Forest, which has become a crystallization point for the European movement against fossil fuels.

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).

Code Rood calls for ‘civil disobedience’, but what does that actually mean? It implies acting consciously and openly against the law. But how can this be legitimated in a democratic society? And does this mean that every illegal action is permitted? During this presentation, the philosophical debate on civil disobedience and the correlations and differences with other forms of political activism are introduced. Eventually, the talk will argue for a critical revaluation of the concept ‘civil disobedience’ in its contemporary context.

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 is a workshop on public ‘speaking/storytelling’ and presenting, using an intersectional, inclusive and mindful approach. By finding simple and direct ways of expressing their grievances, people will learn how to use facts and their passions to create meaningful stories and progressive actions and events.

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.

Here you can paint your action suits, make banners and more. !RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE!

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

Get to know the Rhineland lignite mining area! This workshop will give information about coal infrastructure and small actions in the Rhineland, Germany. We will discuss mobilisation for affinity group actions, how the terrain is set up, where interesting locations are, and how to move without being seen.

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

Part of preparing the action is the making of affinity groups. This session helps with making groups based on your personal preferences during an action. Join this session when you don’t have a affinity group yet. Experience tells us that it is important to do mass actions in small groups instead of alone.

21.30: Empowering our voices.

So you think you can protest. But sitting still at a blockade can get tiresome, and the press might cover your protest in a misleading way. How will you demonstrate your power, your mission, your vision for change, your collective togetherness? Songs and chants are a proven tool to boost people’s spirits and frame the issue of your protest. Come listen along, sing along and shout along. And bring your cli-mates, too!

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.

Stories from front-liners of social change. Stories you do not hear on the news or read in the papers. From people who took risks for what they believe in, whether it is resisting gas extraction in Groningen or coal mines in Germany, confronting big business, or supporting refugees in the Mediterranean. Interested in telling your story? You can sign up during the day.

Monday the 27th of August

10.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00 and 16.30-18.30: Action Trainings (Dutch with English translation).

Practice makes perfect. This action training prepares you for the various situations the action might bring. By diverse trainers from the Stroomversnellers trainerscollective network.

11.00-12.00, 14.30-15.30 and 16.30-17.30: Support and Recovery briefings.

Taking action for climate justice is both necessary and good, but it can also involve stressful experiences. This workshop will give you tools and tips on how to support each other before, during and after the action, as well as information on what supported is offered by our S&R team. By the Code Rood EARS working group. See also: https://code-rood.org/index.php/en/support-recovery/

11.00-12.30: Resilience during actions.

How to handle mental, physical and emotional stress before, during and after actions. This training is meant for people who will be participating in the actions of Code Rood and will be led by Dhjana.

14.30-16.00 Interrogation training (Dutch).

In this practical workshop we will focus on what to do if you are arrested during an action or demonstration. You will learn about the following: How to prepare before the action. What are your rights and options if you are arrested (in The Netherlands)? How to make sure that you and others get into the least amount of trouble? What are the different interrogation techniques and how to best respond to them? We will also cover after care and follow up: what is most important? This training will be offered by Dhjana.

14.30: Finger structure practice.

Depending on the needs within the different fingers (action groups), this time slot is reserved to speak about internal organisation during the action and to practice with specific tactical manoeuvres or blockading techniques.

16.30: First Aid training.

The first aiders present on camp will provide a training on how you can help in the case of an incident that requires first aid.

16.30-18.30: Creative Resistance to Oil and Gas Sponsorship.

Across Europe, many groups are calling upon iconic museums to end their sponsorship deals with major fossil fuel companies. They aim to erode the social license the fossil fuel industry needs to continue operating. In the Netherlands, Fossil Free Culture NL (FFC-NL) is developing a whole range of disobedient performances to confront artwashing. They will give a participatory workshop about their artistic tactics and how they integrate them into their larger campaigning strategy. The workshop offers an opportunity to develop an intervention that hopefully will challenge the Gas-sponsored Groninger Museum.

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.

16.30-17.30: Rhythms of Resistance (dance)workshop.

You might have heard us play at another action or demonstartion. During Code Rood, we will be present again to bring the revolutionary grooves (and afflict your eardrums)! Before the action starts, we would like to teach as many people as possible our dance moves and to practice our chants. This way, we make sure the action will be festive and full of joy.

Rhythms of Resistance is a transnational network of actiongroups with anticapitalist, feminist, anti-racist and other emancipatory ideals and ambitions. Join the groove!

Legal workshop / Fill out Form + Q&A (on Monday the 27th of August, all day). 

During this workshop we will discuss the legal risks and consequences of the action, how to prepare yourself for the risks, and what we expect from the police coming days. There will be plenty of time to ask and answer questions. The Legal Team workinggroup will provide the necessary information to join the action well prepared.

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.

This workshop, derived from Sustaining Resistance trainings at Ecodharma and the Ulex center, presents a range of practical tools to make our activism more effective and sustainable. These methods can help activist prevent burnouts; strengthen our resilience during actions full of tension, such as police violence and repression; and integrate effectiveness and mutual care in our communities. Crossing the barricades… but doing so with resilience and a deep breath.

16.30-18.00: Open Mic: Future events & Next steps

What will the future bring in Groningen and beyond? During this Open Mic everybody can share campaigns, actions and events, so we all know what to do and where to go in the near (and far) future!