In August, we had the pleasure of participating in the Nuestro Futuro, Nuestra Energia meeting ( https://nuestrofuturo-nuestraenergia.org/ ). This was a meeting organized by a group of Mexican organizations to create a space for analysis and articulation that seeks to open and democratize the public debate on energy and its uses in Mexico.
In the 23rd of August, we participated,in the city of México, in a debate titled “What are the jobs for the energetic transition”. This debate took place in the Auditorium of the Mexican Union of Electricists (SME), and had as participants: Moisés Barón (Unión Sindical Obrera – Colombia), Elsa Bernal (Red de Mujeres en Energía Renovable y Eficiencia Energética – México), Humberto Montes de Oca (SME – México), Sandra Rátiva Gaona, (Onergía -México), Martín Esparza Flores (SME) and Leonor Canadas (Global Climate Jobs – Portugal).
In the session, which was attended by dozens of workers, we presented the following key questions to the panelists: how do we, workers, have to organize ourselves to face these scenarios? How can we return to social discussions about the quality of work? How can we defend public goods and services against privatizing discourse? How can we incorporate the environmental perspectives that are now indispensable in discussions about work directions?
Following the debate, we participated, still in the SME building, in open discussion and sharing activities between climate activists, territorial defenders and union members about next steps, challenges and key points in creating alliances between the movements.