The global health crisis has shed light on the vulnerabilities of our essential sectors and supply chains. The complications of the production of PPE and crucial pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, as well as events such as the 2021 Suez Canal obstruction, highlighted the fissures in global supply chains. This realisation has led to public debates about the need for more local production that also enables more just, sustainable, and resilient societies in Europe.
During the pandemic, many of us stood on our balconies to clap for the hospital workers doing their best to treat coronavirus patients. But essential workers in the care and social sectors need more than our applause – they need better and more support. Even before the crisis, unions and activists in countries like France or Belgium were sounding the alarm about the impact of the lack of funding in the healthcare sector. Moving towards more crisis-resilient and sustainable societies will also mean ensuring that everyone is able to live dignified lives.
How can this recovery also lead us to more fair and just societies where everyone has equality of opportunity? How can we ensure that we value and protect the essential sectors and workers that our economies and societies depend on?
As the Greens, we believe in re-localising certain essential production sectors of our economy, to prioritise internal and regional markets and to shorten supply chains. We have been demanding an improvement of working conditions and salaries, especially for health and social care workers. We are working to ensure that specific plans are put in place for the recovery of sectors heavily affected by the crisis.
Film: When Tomatoes Met Wagner
20th October at 00:00 CEST – 21st October at 23:59 CEST
Elias, a small farming village in central Greece, is dying out. But two cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate the tomato seeds they have kept for hundreds of years. With a little help from Wagner’s music -which they use to help their tomatoes grow- the team succeeds to export little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world. The film follows the protagonists of this unlikely quest, as they struggle to survive and make their dream come true. Humorous and bittersweet, this is a story about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis and the power of human relationships.
Director: Marianna Economou
Duration: 72 min
Access: due to distribution rights regulation, this screening will exclusively be available for all European countries.
Debate: Food as an essential sector: How do we produce locally and fairly?
21 October at 19:30 CEST
Following the screening of ‘ When Tomatoes Met Wagner’, we are hosting a debate on Thursday 21 October at 19:00 CEST. This month is dedicated to investigating the production of agricultural produce and the vulnerabilities of the supply chains that distribute them, which have been highlighted by the pandemic. This debate will explore what our approach should be to the production of life-saving and essential goods, considering the health and environmental crises we are facing. How can we produce locally and fairly to ensure access to good quality and sustainable products, whilst also protecting workers’ rights as we recover from COVID-19?
The session will be moderated by Sam Murray, a member of the EGP amendments committee.
The photographer and urban explorer Ilan Benattar has travelled across Europe photographing abandoned industrial spaces for his series, Lost Factories.
About the Green Screen
Through a series of online film screenings, the Green Screen project invites you to engage with contemporary debates on the future of Europe, post-COVID recovery and making our societies more resilient and sustainable. Created by the European Greens, it will explore topics such as the climate crisis, environmental and social justice, and democracy.
Each month, the Green Screen is dedicated to a key theme to build a better future for Europe. On the third week of each month, a film screening will be made available for free on our platform for 48 hours, on Wednesday and Thursday. Then, you can follow a live debate on an issue inspired by the film, which will take place on Thursdays at 19:00 CEST.
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Democracy has been increasingly under threat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with authoritarian regimes growing bolder in their attacks against democracy, human rights and the freedom of speech.
As the COVID19 vaccination campaign picks up steam across Europe, and the continent begins to overcome the health crisis, new challenges lie ahead of us. How do we collectively build back better, fairer and greener?