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“What happens to people when we talk about financialization of nature?”, asked the German activist Jutta Kill, representative of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), in the second conceptual dialogue held the second day of the working meeting organized by Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) about the financialization of nature, in Paris, France, on May 26-28. (See the video of the complete second dialogue below).
Kill quoted a participant of the meeting when she made that question. Then she explained: “because in most of our images, when we hear the word nature, the word is shaped by a concept that goes back to a very utilitarian way of looking at land use. We have some areas that are very intensively used and therefore we need to make up for that very intensive use (...) by putting aside nature. Nature in that context is usually understood as places where people don’t have a space”. “That is particular in the Western science, that’s how we reach nature. That’s how those who writes studies like the economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services understand nature: a place where human intervention has to be reduced to a minimum. But that’s not how nature present itself to people. People are part of nature”, Kill added added.
The first conceptual dialogue had been focused on the privatization, commercialization and financialization of nature, and the one in which Kill participated was about the issue of putting a price on nature, a value on nature. The activist shared the table with Friedrich Wulf, member of Pronatura – Friends of the Earth Switzerland, and the facilitation was done by Maxime Combes, representative of ATTAC France. Different participants of the meeting also spoke in the activity. Among them, you can see the Forest and Biodiversity, and the Climate Justice and Energy Programs’ coordinators of FoEI, Isaac Rojas and Dipti Bhatnagar respectively.
En este Mil Voces rescatamos voces de luchadores y luchadoras sociales de América Latina que participaron de la Cumbre de los Pueblos que se desarrolló en Buenos Aires, Argentina, desde el 11 al 13 de diciembre, en paralelo y a propósito de la 11ª Reunión Ministerial de la Organización Mundial del Comercio, que sesionó en Buenos Aires.
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