28th March: 3.00pm
Fighting for Environmental Justice in North Africa
This talk by Hamza Hamouchene will discuss “Extractivism and Resistance in North Africa” and the destructive model of development (large-scale oil and gas extraction, phosphate mining, agribusiness etc.) and the resistance to it in the Maghreb/North Africa.
From the North African town of Gabes to Safi, via Redeyef, Ouargla and Imider, the Algerian researcher and activist Hamza Hamouchene draws a topography of the manifestations of the extractivist development model based on the exhaustion of water and natural resources as well as the socio-economic exclusion of people around it. This economic model with catastrophic consequences on the social and environmental levels, especially on the most marginalized classes in society, is entirely incompatible with social justice and plays an important role in the ecological crisis in North Africa. It creates “sacrifice zones”, which are areas ravaged by extractive activity and chemical processing and inhabited by people whose bodies, health, land and water have been sacrificed in order to preserve the accumulation of capital. The study, which was published by the Transnational Institute (TNI), titled “Extractivism and Resistance in North Africa,” also touched upon the resistance movements that these regions have known in recent years.
Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based researcher and activist. He is currently the North Africa Programme Coordinator at The Transnational Institute (TNI).
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