For some years now, a profound reorganisation of our production systems has been underway. A new phase of globalisation has begun, which bears considerable social and environmental risks.
We are talking about a new way of organizing large infrastructure projects according to the logic of mega-corridors, in order to reduce time and space and continuously increase profits via “just-in-time” delivery of goods and services. Logistics has become the new organising principle of this new process and orchestrates the movement of goods along corridors and supply chains.
Economic growth, development, progress, job opportunities are some of the main keywords used by the supporters of the logistics and infrastructure mega-corridors. But what impacts will this global agenda have on the climate and the environment?
To answer these questions, we began a new journey to the places where this agenda is starting to materialise, and where the promises of foreign investment and new jobs are overshadowing our public health and the future of our planet.
Through Nicholas Hildyard's attentive gaze, we analyzed what happens when logistics is no longer only about the transportation of goods but becomes an integral part of our production, distribution and consumption systems, resulting in the "squeezing" of workers and making labour increasingly precarious and underpaid.
We are facing a new phase of globalisation, even more pervasive and devastating. Once again it will depend on us to decide how we collectively confront these massive changes taking place.
Translated and adapted from an article from Re:Common