Yayo Herrero coordinates one of the Sumar working groups, Yolanda Díaz’s platform – El Faradio

She is a reference voice in environmentalism and feminism, in the critique of the economic model and its impact on care, and is based in Cantabria, where she is a regular in different forums and spaces.

Ecologist and feminist activist Yayo Herrero, based in Cantabria, is one of the experts from different fields who is part of the Sumar working groups, the platform promoted by the Vice President and Minister of Labor Yolanda Díaz, responsible for measures such as ERTE in the pandemic, the Rider Law, labor reform, the increase in the minimum wage or the incorporation of domestic workers into social security contributions.

This Friday, the coordinators of the working groups were presented, 35 professionals and experts from different fields (19 women and 16 men), who will each animate a working group that will design the country model of this political project, which should be ready for February and which is a preliminary step to the decision that Sumar attends the next general elections.

Among these experts are various reference voices such as the intellectual Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca, the writer Bernardo Atxaga, the professor of sociology Eduardo Rendueles, the doctor Rafael Cofiño, the magistrate Fernando Salinas (who was vice-president of the General Council of the Judiciary), Aida Gascón of the Anima Naturalis Foundation, the triathlete and champion of Spain Paula García, or the architect Zaida Muxi – member of the jury for the selection of the model of the city of Santander, within the process of drafting of the new General Urban Plan – .


And among the names that have been highlighted at state level is the environmental activist Yayo Herrero, a reference in the discourses on the sustainability of the production or consumption model, who will be in charge of the Just Ecological Transition area.

Yayo Herrera has been living in Cantabria for some years, as a base for his intellectual and militant activity that takes him from here to other destinations. He has been a regular presence at various events in Cantabria in forums such as La Vorágine, Cisneros School, Cantabria School Council, Riotuerto Book Fair, Las Excavadas Festival defend themselves, V Conference on Consumption agroecology, health and justice organized by different social movements in Cabezón de la Sal or the Open Feminist Assemblies, in collaboration with the group of ecofeminisms in Cantabria and has been interviewed several times by EL FARADIO.

Yayo Herrero is an anthropologist, agricultural engineer, social educator and one of the leading voices of ecofeminism.

Professor of environmental education and sustainable development at the UNESCO UNED Chair, she was state coordinator of the Ecologistas en Acción platform and director of FUHEM (the Fundación Benéfico Social Hogar del Empleo), as well as founding partner of Garúa S .Co-op. Mad and CCEIM coordinator of the Fundación General Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Thus, she is co-author of more than a dozen books related to social ecology and numerous articles; member of the editorial board of Hegoa and of the editorial boards of Ecologista and Papeles.

He wrote in collective books such as Changing glasses to look at the world (Action Books, 2011), the big crossroads (Books in Action, 2016) and Oil (Arcade, 2018).

She is also co-author of the illustrated book Climate change (Litera, 2019), in which he deploys an informative narrative to make the current ecological collapse intelligible.

His research career has focused on the critique of the capitalist model of development and production as a threat to the planet and life, a research that he combines with activism and collaboration with various media, and in which he addresses issues such as the ecological crisis and care and its relation to the development of the economic model.

Herrero argues that capitalism, while all about money, cannot be sustained without all the unpaid work done in homes, done mostly by women.

This way of understanding economics and politics renders invisible the relationship of “eco-dependency” with nature, which provides food, and “interdependence” with people, who help sustain and reproduce life.

In addition, the current precariousness of jobs and the impossibility of finding the time necessary for these care tasks cause tensions which lead to this “care crisis”, she says.

In her work, she points out that some of the consequences that arise from trying to overcome these crises are through “generational transfer” or caring grandmothers, and “transnational chains of care” or migrant domestic workers who work in the North.

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