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Sacrifice Zones – Colonialism, Neoliberalism and Climate Change
War on Want

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Neoliberalism, inequality and climate change have led to millions of people in the Global South dying or being forced from their homes. As this planetary emergency tips us towards a point of no return, this session explores the logic of ‘sacrifice zones’ and the deliberate sacrificing of black and poor lives that has been inherent firstly in colonialism, and now neoliberalism and climate change. The panel will discuss how racism has shaped the dominant climate narrative and how can we decolonise environmentalism.


Asad Rehman
War on Want

Dr Sivan Kartha

Sivan Kartha is a Senior Scientist at SEI and co-leader of SEI’s Gender and Social Equality Programme. He is also co-Director of the Climate Equity Reference Project. His current work deals primarily with the economic, political, and ethical dimensions of equitably sharing the effort of an ambitious global response to climate change. He was also a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Igor Felipe
Landless Workers' Movement (MST)

Igor Felipe is a member of the National Council of MST, the Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, MST), one of Latin America’s largest and most important social movements with a membership of 1.5 million. It is a leading force both in Brazil and globally fighting for the rights of the rural poor. A key member of Via Campesina, the global movement of millions of peasants and small farmers it confronts both neoliberal agenda as well as the rise of right-wing politics.

Zita Holbourne
Activist // PCS

Activist, author & artist and PCS national vice-president

Firoze Manji

Firoze Manji is the founder and executive director of Fahamu and editor of Pambazuka Press, an online news magazine. He is also the former Africa director for Amnesty International and former CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation and author of “African Awakenings, The Emerging Revolutions”, and “From the Slave Trade to ‘Free’ Trade: How Trade Undermines Democracy and Justice in Africa”.

Vijay Prashad

Indian historian and Marxist who is Director of the Tricontential Institute and Editor of LeftWord Books