Global justice in times of Covid19

This week we continued with our series of Beyond the Pandemic debates. These debates are a cycle of collective reflections on human rights in the time of Covid-19. So far, we have discussed digital rights & privacy, civil rights and digital divides. For this debate, we focused on global justice and Covid-19, discussing solidarity, cooperation and environmentalism in the context of a pandemic.

We were joined by Pepa Martínez (director of, organitzacions per a la Justícia global) and Javier Raboso (responsible for the Democracy and Culture of Peace campaign at Greenpeace). The debate was moderated by Javier Pérez (researcher, activist and director of CIECODE-Political Watch).

Global Empathy

As soon as the debate begins, Pérez wonders if the collective account of what is happening with COVID-19 has yet to be written and in what terms it will be done. Will the foundations be laid for the construction of the society of the future and the advances towards a Global Justice?

Javier Perez launched the debate also by asking whether we will be able to move from local solidarity to global empathy. Pepa Martinez stated that “we are a connected world. What happens on one side of the world has effects on the other. […] We live on an interrelated planet and this experience is connecting us to human fragility and the chain of care”.

Climate change and environmentalism

If, as Pepa Martinez says, the world is connected, Javier Raboso believes that global awareness must be added to the equation. It is essential for all of us to be aware of the needs of the planet. Pérez talked about the Greta Thunberg effect: “Greta is an image that has served as a lever for a generation to increase its global consciousness”. When asked whether this consciousness has been contested by Covid-19 , Raboso added that ” it’s just the opposite. The environmental and climate movement is still fully active”.

And, while it is a global issue, Raboso assures us that “this appeals to all of society and the health crisis is also related to the environmental crisis. There are still inequalities in both crises, some populations are always more affected than others”.


Raboso continued to reflect on these unequal realities, noting that we have inherited our present inequalities from the 2008 financial crisis. Raboso stated that “If we say that they are global crises, we have to understand that cultural individualism has not been good. What we do today will have consequences tomorrow and especially for populations at risk of vulnerability.”

Pepa Martínez states that organizations working for global justice should “participate and take part in the debates of civil society” in order to face this situation.

Consumption, productivity, feminism and care

Care agenda, feminist movements, environmental groups, fair labour dynamics, new models of mobility… to hear the discussion that went on around these issues, Pepa Martínez and Javier Raboso launched proposals for global justice that you will find in the video. Questions and reflections on health, vaccines and safety also emerged. These are extremely topical issues, but will remain relevant in the future that awaits us. 

The future and Covid-19 will be the subject of our next debate, Wednesday 27th May, with Jordi Vaquer, Tania Adam and Stéphane M. Grueso.

Reports commented on during the debate

Below are some of the projects and initiatives mentioned during the discussion. 

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