A Conversation with the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement

MEM organise in Turkey and North Kurdistan with a radical anti-capitalist approach to ecology and under intense repression.

They are active on many fronts, both struggling to protect nature and communities from state-sponsored megaprojects, such as mining and dams, while also working to create living, breathing alternatives through their democratic organising model, tree planting initiatives, co-operatives and even eco villages.

They share the Kurdish Freedom Movement’s vision of a radically democratic, confederal politics based on pluralism and social ecology, where people and human societies are a part of nature. Therefore they operate with the rights of women at their core, with many women-led projects in the movement.

MEM experience intense repression from the Turkish state with the constant threat of terrorism charges and long term imprisonment for ecological action, so our support is really important.

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