Nov 5, 2021 • 9M

This week on Arbury Road

COP 26, and our Podcast EU&ME on the DDL Zan

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First of all thanks for subscribing to our newsletter, and if you can help us by becoming a paying subscriber or by inviting other people to subscribe to our newsletter that would be great. Arbury Road is a grassroots project which works thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, so a donation can really make the difference. Now, to the news. A lot happened in Europe this week!

🌳 COP26 🌍

Let’s start with the COP26. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference started on the 30th of October and the situation is really alarming.

⚠️ The State of the Global Climate 2021 report presented by the WMO stated that the past seven years have been the hottest on record since scientific measurements of the Earth's temperature began, and rising ocean levels have also reached record levels. 🥵🌊

🌡 Scientists found that the average temperature in 2021, between January and September, was about 1.09 degrees above the 1850-1900 average - that is, above the temperatures of the pre-industrial period.

🌊 The report also shows that the increase in ocean levels has undergone a further surge since 2013. While between 1993 and 2002 there was a 2.1 mm rise per year, from 2013 to today that has increased to 4.4 mm per year.

😡 There is also huge controversy around a series of hypocritical moves by COP26 participants.

👎 First, #JeffBezos, the founder of Amazon, led a parade of 400 private jets to the conference in Glasgow. Among these were dozens of royalty and so-called "green" CEOs, which created an extraordinary traffic jam. On Sunday at least 52 private jets landed in Glasgow. Conservative forecasts suggest that the incoming private jet fleet for COP26 will generate 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of the amount produced by more than 1,600 Britons in a year.

👎 Greta Thunberg, together with other activists from Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, interrupted a panel on carbon offsets to protest about “greenwashing” and the dangers of relying on the credits to compensate for emissions. We support Greta’s position. There is no more time for excuses, we need immediate action!

🎙🏳️‍🌈 PODCAST ON THE DDL ZAN ⚧ 🏳️‍⚧️

This week we were lucky to be able to interview Alessandro Ceccarelli, Cambridge researcher, activist for LGBTQI + rights and member of the steering committee for "Fast Track Cities". In the podcast, Alessandro discussed with Giorgia the recent stoppage of the Zan Bill which would finally have given Italy a law against homotransphobia. The discussion was really interesting, and I learned a lot so I invite you to listen to it and to let us know what you think!

🇪🇺🇵🇱 Izabela killed by the Abortion Ban in Poland

🆘 In 2021 one would hope that death due to abortion would have almost disappeared. Instead, deaths due to illegal abortion are still a sad reality in the world and in Europe.

🇪🇺 But it is even more concerning when a death happens in the middle of Europe. And not because of legal practices, but because of a law that basically bans abortion. Izabella, a woman from Pszczyna (Poland) died at a Polish hospital in September after suffering septic shock — but her family only made the case public last week. According to her family lawyer, the doctors, legally unable to perform a termination, instead had to wait for the foetus to die, causing Izabella's death in the process.

✊🇵🇱 We support all the people in Poland who are protesting against this inhumane law. We also want to suggest two contributions published on Arbury Road that talk about this question:

🎙 The first is an interview we made with Iwona Reichardt

🗣 Iwona is deputy Editor-in-Chief of an English language magazine "New Eastern Europe" and co-founder of "FemGlobal", a new association in Poland that gathers female professionals employed in foreign policy, and is co-author of the book "Will women save the world? Feminist foreign policy" (2020). Here she talks about the situation in Poland in recent months. While the situation is dramatic, in the conclusion she stresses that she hopes this will bring about change in the future, and a re-affirmation of European values. ❤️

📝 The second is an article written by Josephine Neil

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🗣 Josephine is a UK based researcher in art, religion and the history of ideas. In her article, she uses art to reflect on the situation in Poland and, in general, on abortion as a right.

🇪🇺 Review of the week and we want to close with something positive

I promised myself to always close with a piece of good news, as it helps to keep up morale in this difficult period, given all the problems that we are facing. And the good news is that the President of the European Commission, Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, has announced that an agreement will be reached on a Minimum Global Tax.

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This is potentially a historical leap forward for the battle towards global equality. The agreement should mean the application of minimum taxation of 15% for multinationals everywhere in the world. And multinationals would also have to pay taxes in the country where they make their income, and not only where they have their fiscal residency. Now, of course, this is not enough, and many progressives have affirmed that 15% is very little. After all, an average European worker pays around 20-25% of their income in taxes, why shouldn’t multinational firms pay more? I agree with that. Nonetheless, if it becomes reality it is a fundamental first step in the direction of a fairer society.

❤️ Thanks to all of you who read, and once again if you can help to spread Arbury Road’s message we would really appreciate it!