I’m still exhausted after two days of meetings in Paris, but here is a hastily-written basic outline of the results of the first international meeting of ecosocialists.
The Ecosocialist International Network. launched in Paris, France on October 7-8, aims to improve global communication and coordination among activists who are organizing against capitalist ecocide.
Participants in the founding meeting included socialists from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Individuals from another dozen countries who were unable to attend set regrets.
The meeting selected 16-member steering committee to prepare for a larger meeting that will be held in Brazil in January 2009, in conjunction with the next World Social Forum. A European organizing meeting will be held in the first half of 2008, probably in Greece.
A subcommittee was struck to draft a new ‘Ecosocialist Manifesto’ to be reviewed by the membership in the coming year, and then submitted for approval to the meeting in Brazil.
Information about the EIN’s activities and discussions will be posted on a new website, www.ecosocialism.org.