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Should we ignore the role of intensive animal farming in the origins of diseases like COVID-19? How do we step away from a consumption model linked to agri-food exploitation? Join us as we explore this and more in our first Green-Red Dialogue of 2021!
About the Event:
Our first Green-Red Dialogue of 2021 will tackle the sustainable production and consumption of food, from a multi-disciplinary approach. Because everything is fundamentally connected, from the mistreatment of animals and lack of respect for the vital cycles of nature to job insecurity in the countries that supply us. From landscape changes and deforestation to the air we breathe and consequences on our health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to slow down and reassess our consumption patterns, highlighting the importance of local trade and local production and making everyone a bit more aware of the risks involved. With the help of our speakers, we will explore these issues further, hoping to take advantage of this moment to consolidate some beneficial changes as we move beyond the crisis.
The Green-Red Dialogues began in 2020 as a way to reflect on current issues from explicitly green and social perspectives. The challenges we face as a result of the COVID-19 crisis are new and unpredictable. Today it is more urgent than ever to reverse the consequences of a capitalist system that not only brought forth the pandemic but has also caused irreparable cracks in our planet. A capitalist system that has been shown to foster social inequality and that assaults the Earth.
We cannot fall into fatalistic discourse and convey the message that all is lost and that, consequently, we cannot do much more. Instead, we must disseminate proposals and make the citizens of the European Union aware that another option is possible – that green policies are compatible with the economy, progress, and development.
With this in mind, the Green Red Dialogues return in 2021, once again providing the space for European policy makers, academics, activists, and citizens to address the challenges of today – combining current affairs and in-depth analysis to spark vibrant discussions about greener, more socially just solutions.
- Francisco Guerreiro – MEP Greens/EFA, Vice-Chair of Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- Amaranda Herrero – Coordinator of the Barcelona World Sustainable Food Capital
- Raimon Roda – Chief of Services of Green Infrastructures at AMB
- Mireia Barba – Member of ESPIGOLADORS
- Ferran Berenguer – Head of Organic Agriculture at Unió de Pagesos
Welcome by Susanne Rieger, co-president of the Green European Foundation, and moderation by Marc Rius.
Wednesday, March 24th (18:00 – 19:30)
The webinar is free and open to the general public. There will be simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English.
Please register in advance via this link.