Frequently asked questions

This is a list of answers to common questions about the webinar and the themes.

What do we mean by ‘green extractivisms’?

All over the globe, initiatives to mitigate climate change, including projects to promote a ‘green’ energy transition and the drastic increase of the protected area network, are accelerating. This process can be described as a rapid expansion of the ‘green extractivist’ frontier. This includes the arrival of large-scale wind, solar, and tidal energy collection, ecotourism, and agricultural or hydrological dam projects. These projects lead to new enclosures and forms of displacement, dispossession, and extractivism. This relates to the onset of new mining projects justified in the name of low-carbon infrastructures or green militarization (e.g., to produce equipment used for enforcing conservation), often focusing on the extraction of cobalt, iron ore, lithium, zinc, silver, and rare earth minerals.

What are the violent impacts of these new frontiers?

As is the case with frontier dynamics more generally, the ensuing socio-ecological disruptions and political-economic transformations both shape and are shaped by dynamics of conflict and violence. First, competition for access to and control over ‘low carbon’ resources can feed into geopolitical tensions, with reverberations far beyond areas of resource extraction. Second, many low-carbon energy or conservation projects are located on disputed or Indigenous lands, where the presence of both green and conventional extractivist projects is endorsed and enforced by national and regional governments. Opposition to government-supported national or transnational projects frequently leads to different intensities of social contestation and violence by state and non-state actors. Third, ‘green extractivist’ projects may be rolled out in areas that are already immersed in armed conflict, thereby intensifying, and transforming ongoing violence.

Where will the webinar take place? 

The webinar will be held online via Zoom.  

What time zone are the sessions in the program? 

All times indicated in the program and on the conference website are in Central European Summer Time which is CEST (UTC+3). Here is a time zone converter if you want to see what CEST is in your own time zone.  

How do I get the Zoom links? 

You can find the password to the Lobby and to all the Zoom sessions in an email which was sent to all registered participants to the e-mail they indicated in registration by June 15, 2022. If you have not recieved the link/password to the Lobby to the same e-mail you have used to registered by June 15, 2022, please let us know via e-mail at exalt@helsinki.fi.

How do I know if my registration was recieved?

Once you register, you will not immediately receive a separate confirmation of registration other than the message that appears in the browser. Please do not worry, we promise that we have received your registration once you have sent the form.

How much does it cost to participate?  

There is no cost for participation. 

Will the sessions be recorded? 

Yes, in part. We are planning to record all parts of the keynote sessions of the webinar (keynote speech and Q&A). In the paper panels we are planning to record the presentations, but not the ensuing Q&A and discussion. So if you raise a question or make a comment from the audience during the Q&A/discussion, this will not be recorded. It is anticipated that the recordings will be available on the conference webpage and via our YouTube channel within a week after the webinar.  

Who can I contact with questions about registration? 

Any questions about registration (that cannot be found from this website) can be asked via e-mail to exalt@helsinki.fi