XR has held a ten-day-long occupation of several sites in London. Their protests are demanding action on climate change. The key demand is that the government set up a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Kurdish activists and their supporters welcomed the invitation from XR.
Organisers from the Kurdistan Students Union, Kurdistan Solidarity Network and Women’s Strike Assembly spoke to a crowd of over 100 people about the history of the Kurdish freedom struggle and the thousands of people around the world who are on hunger strike to end the solitary confinement of .
Discussing an ecological revolution
The Rojava revolution is relevant to all of our ecological struggles
On social media, some people questioned the relevance of the politics of the Kurdish freedom struggle to XR’s movement against climate change. But as one person commented:
Mass extinction is a worldwide issue, and Rojava is working toward building an ecological, low impact society. I don’t see how it doesn’t align with the cause. If you don’t think giving a voice to people literally fighting… for their lives is good PR, idk what to tell you
The communes are already putting these ecological ideas into practice; even in the midst of the ongoing war. The Internationalist Commune of Rojava, for example, is trying to combat the damage caused by over-reliance on wheat monoculture and pesticides by planting tens of thousands of trees. The tree planting is part of an initiative called ‘Make Rojava Green Again’.
Dealing with the ecological crisis needs revolutionary change from the grassroots
The communes of Rojava are a great example of how ecology and politics are closely bound together. Learning from the experience in Rojava can provide a structure for people to look for solutions to our current ecological crises.
If we are going to move beyond this crisis, we need to see that climate breakdown is a political issue. We will need to create structures that put the power in the hands of people at a grassroots level. And there is a lot we can learn from the Kurdish freedom struggle in taking the first steps along that path.
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