chapter  12
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Lessons from Greenham Common peace camp: alternative approaches to global governance


The protests in Prague during the September 2000 meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were an immediate and forceful reminder of alternative political claims and approaches to world governance. Seeking to repeat the considerable global impact made in Seattle in 1999 during the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ministerial Meeting, these diverse, diffuse and at times inchoate groups of protestors offered a powerful critique of the dominant, liberal consensus on globalisation, and, in doing so, bring attention to those who are marginalised, excluded and impoverished. Environmentalists rallied with activists from the left; protestors from the South marched with Western trade union delegates. While the protestors’ immediate concerns may have differed-and even conflicted to some extent-together they constitute not only a wide-ranging critique of contemporary global capital, but also create a forum, or space, where links between issues are made, and active opposition organised.