The Infotour took place in February 2014. Speakers from Mobile Anarchist School and Deep Green Resistance travelled to Manila, Davao, Tacloban and Marinduque to share skills and ideas with a range of audiences.
The aims of the tour were to build international solidarity, learn from each other, disseminate radical ideas more widely, and strengthen our activist movements.
We presented to activist collectives, high school students, farmers, college students, and neighbours of the infoshops.
We began in Manila, presenting permaculture design principles to the community at Mabatu Street, Taguig, who are interested to grow more of their own food, and start a community garden.
I was interviewed by Radyo Itim, on civilization, the environmental crisis, and resistance.
Non Collective Infoshop in Cubao also hosted a workshop on permaculture design, and aims to implement permaculture principles and grow food in their neighbourhood.
CIV:LAB, a social sculpture and art installation, is a thesis project of an art student at University of the Philippines, Diliman. I led a discussion on the topic ‘connecting with the natural world’ as part of the project, and MAS gave a demonstration of setting up a solar power system.
In Davao we participated in a two-day activist skillshare, at Kinaiyahan Unahon and Organic Minds Infoshop. DGR presentations were: liberals and radicals, history of resistance, and strategy for a resistance movement. MAS presented: solar power demonstration, autonomous response to Typhoon Yolanda (Leyte Mission), history of anarchist movements in the Philippines, and sustaining our activism. Local activists presented their projects and activities.
At a farmers’ forum I spoke on environmental issues caused by agriculture, and permaculture design principles. MAS spoke about Leyte Mission.
A forum on “Cultural Paradigm Shift” was held at a high school. I spoke on the history of civilization, and MAS and local activists presented their projects and ideas on this topic.
We spent two days camping at a secluded beach on Tacilud Island, near Davao, with activists from the area.
San Miguel, Leyte (close to Tacloban City) was our next destination. We joined friends from Manila to run activities for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. This was the third mission that MAS has done in this village.
The last leg of the infotour was the island of Marinduque, where we presented our ideas and projects to students at three campuses of Marinduque State College.
In general, people in the Philippines are well aware of environmental issues. For them, environmentalism is not a choice, but a matter of life and death. They are totally dependent on the land and sea for their food and livelihood, so any harm caused—by mining, plantations, industry, development, commercial fishing and tourism—impacts them directly.
When I spoke about the industrial system in its entirety as the cause of the current environmental crisis, rather than individual industries and lifestyle choices, people understood this already. No-one ever argued in favour of technofixes, development and sustainability.
This document has more details about the environmental issues in the Philippines, and resistance movements defending land and indigenous rights.