Unconditional basic services
Guarantee free health, education, housing, food, renewable energy and transport in the public sector for all people.
We need to guarantee the basics for everyone, for a dignified life, a just society and a habitable planet.
Everything that touches the public must be public and at the service of the public, and must be removed from the world of profit maximization.
The best adaptation measure for storms is to have a decent home. The best adaptation to infrastructure failures due to climate change is to have a strong and accessible national health system. The best energy transition is the availability and affordability of renewable energy and public transportation. The best training for resilience and our defense is free education and food. Good nutrition helps prevent disease.
Therefore, in addition to the measures already taken in terms of energy, transportation and housing, it is also necessary to:
- Guarantee national and municipal programs to ensure decent and healthy food for everyone.
- Make the National Health Service completely free and universal, with increased public investment for a quality NHS. Expansion of health services is also needed to take on board mental health problems and areas neglected in the past, in particular the health of trans people, care for the elderly, the right to reproductive health and abortion, and substance addiction treatment.
- Free public education, including higher education, through public investment that guarantees quality education.
- Accessible education that increases literacy and understanding of climate and social justice. In addition to formal education, ensure different spaces for non-formal education (face-to-face and digital) to increase knowledge about the climate crisis, about racial justice and decolonization, and about gender, body autonomy and sexual and reproductive rights.
Care at the heart of the economy, not profit
We are currently living in a crisis of care where reproductive activities are neglected. Peacebuilding involves putting life and care at the center of society and the economy, rather than profit maximization.
Urban planning for "short distances" and massive development of public transport with local communities: Plans designed to reduce commuting, thereby reducing the time spent in transport and the emissions associated with it; Building a network with local communities to meet their needs (school/childcare transport, transport suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Valuing and redistributing care work: Recognize that a large part of care work is currently carried out by women, especially migrant and racialized women. Ensure a redistribution, valorization and recognition of reproductive work and maintenance activities, not only within the home, but also in society.
Transformative justice: reformulate the legal, judicial and penal system on the basis of transformative justice. This involves:
i) Ensuring the rehabilitation and reintegration of those currently incarcerated;
ii) Using transformative justice measures as an accountability tool to reconcile offenders with their victims and undo or compensate for the damage caused, wherever possible;
iii) put the funding currently allocated to prisons towards transformative social programs that allow for the regeneration of society, with public solutions to public problems.
Fair transition for those working in broadcasting industries
Those currently working in the sectors that need to be dismantled, reconfigured or downsized will not be left behind. The just transition is based on equity and justice, repairing the damage of the past and guaranteeing the livelihoods of workers and communities in the future, with the necessary transition from an extractivist economy to a climate-safe society, building economic and political power to create a regenerative economy.
A just transition program guarantees:
- Creation of just transition committees, based on social dialogue between all relevant parties, collective bargaining with workers and their unions, and monitoring of public and binding agreements;
- Fair compensation for each worker;
- Full wages for all workers in the transition phase;
- Guaranteed pensions for older workers;
- Mandatory priority employment in new jobs for the workers most affected by the transition;
- Professional training and retraining of workers, particularly from the airline sector for new jobs in the rail sector.
Energy Democracy is a concept that is defined on three pillars, namely ensuring an energy sector that is: (1) based on clean and sustainable energy sources, (2) publicly owned, and (3) democratically managed. This means an energy system that provides for the energy needs of populations and communities while at the same time curbing the climate crisis.
The fossil energy industry has restricted the right to self-determination of communities affected by climate change, as well as future generations. That's why an energy democracy must be based on policies based on scientific facts and the requirements to guarantee a habitable planet.
As a basic principle, a just transition implies that it is not just us, the majority (the 99% of the world's population), who pay the material and human costs of this transition. In order to make those who are really responsible pay this price, we need the direct involvement of communities in this transition. Thus, public ownership of energy is not enough; its management, access and key decisions must also be made by communities.
Charge companies, CEOs and shareholders for the costs of the transition
The companies, CEOs and shareholders who are to blame for the climate crisis and who profited from it, must be held accountable and pay for the transition as one of the forms of reparation for the damage caused.
These measures include:
- Charging the shareholders and CEOs of fossil companies for just transition costs;
- Holding the cellulose companies, The Navigator Company, Altri Florestal and the majority members of BIOND responsible for the damage associated with the fires and the associated costs over the last few decades, as well as for the necessary social and forestry reparations;
- Rejecting any kind of compensation to shareholders, CEOs and private entrepreneurs - as they are to blame for the current situation;
Racial and gender justice in all political transition processes
Establish clear and monitorable criteria for gender justice and racial justice in all political transition processes, as well as in the commissions created.
We live in a society with various oppressive dynamics - racism, patriarchy, ableism, among others. Part of the work of peacebuilding is to break down and mitigate these oppressions. It is therefore necessary to dismantle the various structural forms of violence. It is also necessary to ensure the active participation of the most oppressed groups at all stages (consultation, planning and decision-making), such as the inclusion of migrant communities and their knowledge and experience in the planning of local and national climate policies.
Recognize and pay the historical debt to the Global South
Acknowledge Portugal’s historical debt due to colonization and the ecological debt due to its emissions. Pay the people for the loss and damage, and recognize the political, cultural, social and economic impacts of colonial exploitation, as well as establish reparations to support a just transition to climate justice, without ever putting their sovereignty at risk.
To do this, we need to
- Pay the historical and ecological debt to the peoples we colonized, not in the form of more loans, but of interest-free grants, and without jeopardizing their sovereignty;
- Establish structural changes in society to repair centuries of structural racism, colonialism and imperialism;
- Introducing reparations for communities, peoples and cosystems affected by colonialism, globalization and exploitation, recognizing that there is a historical and ecological debt that must be paid to the Global South, and that the origins of such debts must be stopped;
- Solidarity and support for the peoples and communities on the front lines of the fight against the climate crisis and against the companies and governments responsible for the loss and damage to these communities;
- Defends food sovereignty as the right of peoples to define their agricultural and food policy, without any "dumping" on third countries;
- Recover the knowledge of indigenous communities, promoting the beneficial effects of pragmatic human activity on life cycles and ecosystems.
Rights and freedom of movement for people, not for capital
We defend the protection, freedom of movement and social, political and civil rights of all migrants.
- open borders and establish simple and transparent processes to welcome migrants;
- the creation of safe routes, with dignified means of travel and humanitarian protection for all refugees.
- Access to all citizenship rights after residing for 2 years.
- Immediate access for all migrants to basic rights (basic services, right to association, right to work, etc.).
Native and resilient forest
Conversion of eucalyptus groves and abandoned pine forests into forests and woodlands with native and diverse species in a polyculture system.
To regenerate 700,000 hectares of eucalyptus groves in the country - which basically correspond to what has been abandoned - and transform these areas into resilient forests and woodlands that can withstand the hotter and drier future that the climate crisis has produced. To do this, they will be converted into forests with diverse and native species, such as oaks, chestnuts, cherry trees and cork oaks. In addition, it is necessary to reduce land abandonment and guarantee income for producers.
The eucalyptus will be used, among other options, to:
i) soil integration
iii) supporting the energy transition by sending it to the current municipal biomass plants.
Revaluing the common good
Recovering public spaces, guaranteeing accessible culture, sport and leisure for all people, as well as putting an end to patents.
Revaluing the common good will involve:
- Large-scale investment in public spaces such as parks, community theaters, leisure centers and sports venues;
- Developing accessible, community-based programs for culture and sport;
- Abolishing patents to enable the transfer of low-carbon technologies that facilitate global mitigation and adaptation.
Participation of all people in decision-making processes, rehabilitation of society and peace-building.
- Creating citizens' assemblies whose mandate, responsibility and decisions will be made within the limits of climate science, collective needs and global justice.
- Active participation of children from the age of 6 in decisions about education, bodily autonomy and family life, as well as other areas where they already have rights and duties.