Counter-Summit to the European Gas Conference
The year 2023 writes history as the hottest year on record. CO2-Emissions are at an all-time high; war and neo-colonial exploitation are ever increasing. Our world is calling for collective and emancipatory responses to the crises and politics, that affect all our lives. Right now, it’s not the many, let alone all of us, that are making the strategic decisions for future pathways. Continuously it is the corporations, the investors and the politicians that get together without participation of those affected – their goals: profit-maximisation and ever-increasing their power.
In March of 2024, at the European Gas Conference, these actors get together again in Vienna, to negotiate and decide the future of European energy supply – invited by the Austrian oil and gas corporation OMV. In 2023 this conference was dragged out from behind the curtain and into the public eye for the first time by a variety of diverse actions and our counter conference. At the first counter-summit 2023 we discussed and envisioned alternatives to fossil capitalism – represented by events such as the European Gas Conference. Our resistance will be as loud, if not louder in 2024:
The People's Summit against EGC is taking place from March 22nd to March 24th in Vienna.
We want just and equitable energy supply and decision-making processes, that are in the hands of the many. We want socialisations, a rapid and just phase out from fossil fuels and the end of wars. We want a good and affordable life for all.
All of this is possible! There are plenty of ideas, concepts and lived utopias, that show us what a different world can look like. And this is exactly what we will share and discuss amongst all of us from March 22nd until 24th. We invite all, who strive for a just and emancipatory world in solidarity.
The following themes will be in the center of our counter-summit:
- Democracy, socialisation & practices of solidarity
- Extractivism, neocolonial energy politics & global solidarity
- Authoritarian regimes, right-wing politics & energy crises
Let's develop counter-strategies and strengthen our movements! We are thrilled by the numerous contributions we have received again this year. We can promise you: In 2024, you can also expect a wide range of formats to deal with the above-mentioned topics. In addition to panel discussions, workshops and lectures, there will also be spaces for creative and open exchange, artistic performances, cultural programmes and musical contributions.
The program will be published here on our website in the coming weeks and we will reveal the locations in Vienna where the conference will take place.
Participation Fee & Donations
Participation in the People's Summit is generally free of charge. However, such an event incurs many costs (travel expenses for the speakers, rooms, technical equipment, interpretation etc.) and we would be pleased to receive your contributions to support this.
Suggested donation for participation in the counter-summit program: €10.00 to €50.00 per day.
Bank details for donations:
System Change not Climate Change
IBAN: AT32 3412 9000 0023 4757
Purpose: People's Summit 2024