Environmental Change and Society

When, local time: 
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 11:00am to Friday, 27 March 2015 - 8:00pm
Where: 
France, Poitiers
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
j.crowley@unesco.org

Prior to the 2015 ‘Paris Climat’ Conference, UNESCO and Sciences Po’s Euro-Latin American campus are organizing a week dedicated to environmental change and society to be held in Poitiers, France, from 23 to 27 March 2015.

The event aims to encourage the emergence of innovative local, political, social, cultural, scientific and technological practices. This gathering will be a great opportunity to encourage citizen participation - and, in particular, young people - in awareness-raising, mobilization and engagement, which are long overdue. A range of channels will be used to provide wide dissemination of the outcomes nationally and internationally.

It will involve three key phases:

- A simulation of negotiations on climate, led by students from Sciences Po’s campus in Poitiers with the participation of various partner universities (foreign and French).

- An international symposium on the social and human dimensions of global environmental change which will bring together different stakeholders from research, policy-making and expert communities, as well as students, artists and civil society.

- A set of events, artistic and cultural performances, within the city that should have an impact on the entire region.

The international symposium phase aims to contribute scientifically and in an interdisciplinary manner to the production of knowledge, the recognition and questioning of values, and to facilitate the transition to practical actions by adopting a positive approach focused on new dynamics of action.

The symposium will be organized around four main themes: knowing, imagining, adapting, and governing and convincing. It will bring together a wide range of stakeholders from various geographical origins and expertise.