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Gathering for a Livable World in Saintes|
Published 27 October 2011
On 24 June 2010, ACDN issued the following appeal:
"We propose to associations and NGOs whose purposes we share and who share ours to hold a big gathering in Saintes (Charente-Maritime), a "States-General for a Livable World ". Its aim would be for us to clarify those purposes together and to examine ways of making them prevail in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012.
A dozen organisations, including the Teachers’ League, the Human Rights League, the Farmers’ Confederation, ATTAC (the third-worldist NGO), and the "Nuclear Phase-out" networks have responded to this call. The Gathering takes place in Saintes from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2011.
Translation of Poster:
What would a Livable World look like?
Gathering for a Livable World
Personalities, writers, experts, witnesses, artists, citizens.
Films, lectures, workshops, plenaries, debates, musics
So as to write together the charter that we need, the Charter for a Livable World.
Open to the public.
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Why this Gathering?
So as to build together a world free from everything that destroys or threatens it.
So as to coordinate the actions of civil society movements which are working in particular areas for the same humanist goal.
So as to enable every person who wishes, to specify the objectives they most want - objectives that should be given priority by the parties and candidates in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012.
Where and when?
Thursday evening 27th (Cinéma Gallia), Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2011 (Salles Saintonge, 11 Rue Fernand Chapsal) in SAINTES.
By taking part in the Gathering, on 27-28-29-30 October.
1. Food, water, health; 2. Institutional and social Justice; 3. Public Services; 4. Energy, environment, alternatives to nuclearism; 5. Peace and disarmament; 6. Security, liberties, democracy, human rights; 7. Economy, employment, solidarity ; 8. Europe and international relations ; 9. Information, education.
[16 = Charente, 17 = Charente-maritime]
Jean Aubin, former farm worker, maths teacher, author of "Growth, the necessary impossible".
Ulysse Alix, singer;
More info in French:
Charter for a Livable World
The Earth is our Home. Every human being must take care of her. Yet she is threatened with ruin. In her basement there are stocks of nuclear weapons inherited from the Cold War that could blow her up at any moment and wipe out her six billion inhabitants ten times over. Higher up there are some tenants waging war permanently, killing and massacring each other, and others threatening to do the same. The privileged few indulge in feasting and flaunt their luxurious lifestyles under the eyes of their starving neighbours. Some people waste water while others don’t even have enough to drink.
Crippling and lethal epidemics are spreading in a context of general indifference, sometimes being provoked by the negligence or greed of public health officials. Basic services to the people are sold off to private corporations.
Speculation ensures what a Nobel-Prize economist has called "the triumph of greed". The gap between rich and poor is becoming a chasm. A handful of predators with the slogan "All for us, nothing for others" can even cause the collapse of whole states.
The environment too is degrading. Landscapes become ugly, become arid, become concrete; wastes pile up and chemical pollution increases.
The genetic heritage of all life - human, animal and vegetable - is being attacked everywhere. Animals and treated as vile matter, and humans are too. Species keep disappearing, biodiversity is regressing or falling into the hands of cynical multinationals. Natural resources, raw materials, and fossil fuels are all being depleted.
The climate is deteriorating. In the last decades, the rise in average temperatures across the globe has provoked worrying phenomena, some insidious, some extreme: ice melting, sea-levels rising, floods, hurricanes, droughts and firesŠ The damage is huge, the victims are numerous, the future climate predictions are frightening. Migrations, erratic and tragic movements of population are developing, driven by necessity.
Thus the current crises are ecological, economic, financial, social, political, military, medical, demographic, cultural, humanitarian... The list of worries is long. And yet we are not necessarily doomed.
Politics and technology can offer solutions, provided they are subject to a humanist ethic that cares about freedoms, equity and solidarity.
The Gathering for a Livable World, meeting in Saintes (France, Charente-Maritime) on 27- 30 October 2011, has given itself the goal of establishing a new charter - inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and other existing texts like the Earth Charter of 2002 - a Charter for a Livable World setting out the principles that should be basic to any political agenda that aims at the common good.
As from 1 November 2011, this Charter will be placed online for signing by our fellow-citizens, and (in France) by the candidates in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012. In addition, these candidates will be presented with a series of precise commitments that translate these principles into practical measures.
Citizens, readers, voters, it behoves each one of us to make our voice heard
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