Vision & Mission
In her urge for a just society in which humankind and nature live together in harmony, CATAPA focuses on the impact of mining.
The exploitation of non-renewable raw ressources always comes with a social and ecological impact and fuels conflict.
As a means to reach this just world, CATAPA denounces the injustices caused by mining. On the other hand, CATAPA actively looks for alternatives to mining.
CATAPA actively contributes to the tempering of global warming and the loss of biodiversity, as the extraction of resources like minerals and fuels accounts for a significant share of the worldwide CO2-emissions and the loss of biodiversity on earth.
As a whole, CATAPA strives for a model in which non-renewable raw materials can stay where they naturally belong, in the soil.
Humankind is reaching the natural boundaries of the planet. The current growth-economy is built on an unstoppable demand, incentivises an insatiable hunger for non-renewable raw materials, and is therefore irreconcilable with the limits of the planet. Unbalanced power relations put a continuous pressure on the relationships between people, and between people and the environment.
CATAPA is a driving force in the transition to an economic system of degrowth, thereby moving beyond the economy based on growth to build a society that lives more consciously and modestly and hereby reduces the use of new raw materials. The economy – in this case – serves social and ecological justice.
Herein, there is a shared responsibility for companies, politicians, bankers, consumers, academics and civil society. Demand and supply are to be adjusted to the capacity of our earth and the wellbeing of all people.
The transition to a system of degrowth will be social and just or won’t be at all.
CATAPA is a movement that embodies the transformation to social and ecological justice inside and between societies.
CATAPA builds alliances with diverse movements worldwide in which the local, national and global struggles become interconnected. The intended change will stem from this global interconnectedness and solidarity. The strong connection with Latin-America is in CATAPA’s DNA.
CATAPA engages in partnerships around the world to give a voice to human rights defenders, to protect them and strengthen them, and strives for a world free of all forms of domination and exploitation, such as neoliberalism, neo-extractivism, neocolonialism, militarism etc. In this world, the right to self-determination is to be guaranteed, also for communities that are confronted with these forms of oppression.
Through creative approaches and solutions to mining-related societal problems and through lively campaigns, CATAPA aims to increase critical and active citizenship in a peaceful manner.
As a movement, CATAPA has a horizontal structure with a strong voluntary and dynamic character.