Matters of Care: #extinctions #climates #collective 
05 & 06.11.21, 6 PM & 3 PM
@ LE 18
Rooftop garden explorations, book presentation, conversations & screenings 
with Ghita Zine (journalist and vice-president of RMJM), Fédoua Tounassi (journalist), Rim Mejdi (filmmaker & co-curator of the Ateliers Collectifs), Louisa Aarrass (agroecologist and curator of Harvest Festival Marrakech), Francesca Masoero (curator and initiator of QANAT)

“Nous y sommes déjà. Même si la présence des questions liées à l’environnement est encore marginale dans les médias, la problématique est bien là et s’impose dans toute sa dureté aux populations les plus fragiles.’’

This 2 days learning circle, organised as part of the collaboration between QANAT, the Collective Workshops of Dar Bellarj, and the Harvest Festival: Marrakech, invited to explore and exchange around agro-ecological practices, but also the challenges and injustices produced by climate change in Morocco.
On November 5th we publicly opened the 'green' installation project that now inhabits and animates the roof of LE 18, following a participatory workshop developed in partnership with the Dar Bellarj Foundation.
Further to that, the evening proposed a time of discussion and reflection triggered by the short documentary ‘The secret life of the magnificent Marrakech palm tree,’* developed by Rim Mejdi in the framework of QANAT’s action-research, and by the inquiries at the heart of the publication 'Morocco: Climate Justice, Social Emergencies', an important collective work of investigation and research carried out by the publishing house En Toutes Lettres, and enriched by the contributions of journalists, sociologists, and activists. Denouncing the practices of predation and greenwashing in Morocco, this book, and the meeting that will be held around it, pushes us to recognize the awareness already on the ground, and the multiple forms of resistance and doing things differently that nourish the possibility of both greener and more united futures in Morocco.
On Saturday 6th, during the afternoon, a seminar dedicated to the in depth presentation and discussion of some of the investigations developed in ‘Maroc : Justice Climatique, Urgences Sociales’ followed.
Zine’s intervention drew from her investigation ‘Agroecology: an alternative to chemical inputs’ to explore competing grassroot and industrial agricultural practices in the Casablanca region and their effects on both communities and the environment. In turn, Tounassi unpacked the dynamics that are increasingly reducing biodiversity and concurring to the destruction of specific ecosystems in the Middle Atlas.
Maroc : justice climatique, urgences sociales | collectif | septembre 2021 | 216 pages | [link]