On July 11, the JustFutures team had the opportunity to meet with several groups of the climate movement in Portugal where the mapping of the movement recently launched on our website was discussed.
It was a meeting where we were able to talk to various groups about the usefulness of this mapping, and where we could hear various suggestions and comments about the state of the climate movement in Portugal and their needs. Members of Associação Zero, ClimAção Centro, Geota, Lisboa Possível, Movimento Ar Puro de Rio Maior, Movimento Transformers, Plataforma TROCA, Plataforma Já Marchavas, SOS Quinta dos Ingleses and SOS Terras do Cávado were present.
During this meeting we proposed the creation of a monitoring group with elements of the groups present so that they accompany us throughout the different phases of this research project.
Maria Fernandes-Jesus contributed to the report The State of the Nation and Public Policies, an IPPS-Iscte initiative, published annually, which can be consulted here. Maria Fernandes-Jesus contributed with a chapter on democracy where she makes a diagnosis of democracy in Portugal and discusses the political participation of young people. In the same chapter, the author comments on the public consultation on the national lithium program. On July 21, a news article related to this work was published in the newspaper Público (A democracy deaf to the demands of citizens).
On July 7, Maria Fernandes-Jesus made a presentation on “Youth climate movement in Portugal: political imaginaries in youth-led groups” during the 27th Conference of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), organised by Iscte-iul and that this year happened online.
Anabela Carvalho was also an invited keynote speaker of the conference discussing “Climate policies and practices: critical discourse studies perspectives”.
Several members of the JustFutures team recently presented their work at the 28th International Conference of Europeanists, which took place from June 29 to July 1 at Iscte-iul in Lisbon.
Anabela Carvalho made a presentation on “Political Positioning of Youth-Leaded Climate Change Activist Groups and Organizations in Portugal” with the collaboration of several team members.
Maria Fernandes-Jesus also participated in a roundtable to discuss “The urban environment of democracy”. Her intervention focused particularly on the urban challenges for climate justice and social movements in the city of Lisbon.
Anabela Carvalho presented, as a guest speaker, a communication on ‘Research and climate policies in Portugal’ at the conference “Science and Culture: 50 years after the Stockholm conference” organised by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences from 6 to 7 June.
On May 12, 2022, Anabela Carvalho participated in the 10th Science Communication Congress SciComPt with a presentation on “Science(s) in Climate Activism’ with the collaboration of our new team member, Daniela Ferreira da Silva. The congress took place from 11 to 14 May 2022 at Parque Ciência e Tecnologia de São Miguel, Azores.
Anabela Carvalho participated, as a guest speaker, in the session ‘We are all agents of change’ organised by the Centre of Medical Students of the University of Minho (NEMUM) within the scope of EcoWeek, via Zoom.
Anabela Carvalho discussed issues about ‘Universities and the ecological crisis’ as a guest speaker in a roundtable organised by Rede para o Decrescimento in partnership with Rede BLX Bibliotecas de Lisboa, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book ‘The Limits to Growth ‘. This event was part of the cycle Crescer até Rebentar?.
Anabela Carvalho presented, as a guest speaker, on ‘Climate change: A story of capturing the narrative and of the dissemination responsibility’ at the Public Session in Porto, on the occasion of COP26. This event was organised by Campo Aberto – Environmental Defense Association and by the Greve Climática Estudantil of Porto, with the support of ACER – Associação Cultural e de Estudos Regionais; Clube Unesco da Cidade do Porto; NDMALO-GE: Núcleo de Defesa do Meio Ambiente de Lordelo do Ouro – Grupo Ecológico; Movimento por um Jardim Ferroviário na Boavista e Cinema Passos Manuel.