Mobilizing knowledge to help societies transform themselves in the face of climate change: what levers for action?

When, local time: 
Monday, 7 December 2015 -
11:00am to 4:30pm
Where: 
France, Le Bourget
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
John Crowley, j.crowley@unesco.org

In the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humanity is aware of its impact on the Earth system, human societies have levers for mobilisation and action in the face of climate change: what should be the role of international law, artistic creation and the media ?

This second day dedicated to social transformations in the face of climate change, fits in the general framework of the upcoming UNFCCC’s Climate conference to be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Le Bourget.

Climate change presents us with the issue of representations – in the political and artistic sense of the term – of real global geo-politics. It divides and reassembles the political landscape into multiple territories, fighting for their own interests. The identification and representation of these territories today constitutes a real challenge for international negotiations. This problematic will be explored through feedback from the “Make it Work” simulation, innovative both in its format – having been held in a theatre – and in its choice of participants at the negotiating table alongside the States: Oceans, Youth, Internet, as well as major sectors of the economy and others.

In the face of climate urgency, international law too proposes its own levers for action and posits, in particular, the obligation to act in unison to protect and promote basic human rights. Given this, the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change - adopted on 1 March 2015 by a group of experts in international law, human rights and environmental rights – will be discussed.

Finally, mobilisation and citizen involvement are levers for significant action that societies can use to transform themselves. Artistic creation and the use of information and computer technologies can be a part of this mobilization, promoting collective or individual engagement. Professionals from the world of cinema, music and photography will share their experience and points of view on the importance of inspiration and creativity for societies which are called on to transform themselves in the face of climate change.

PROGRAMME

11.00am – 12.00 noon: « Make It Work »: the Theatre of Negotiations
With the participation of Bruno Latour (Sciences Po), Bénédicte Niel, Rémy Ruat, Eve Maurice, Meenakshi Raina, Clément Métivier (participants in the simulation)
12.10pm – 1.40pm: International Law in the Face of Climate Change
With the participation of Eystein Jansen and Tore Furevik (Bjerknes Center for Climate Research), Kira Vinke (Potsdam Institute for Climate Research), Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Michael Gerrard (Columbia University), Jaap Spier (Netherlands Supreme Court) and Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University)
1.45pm – 2.05pm: Book presentation: ‘Poverty and the MDGs: a Critical Look Forward’
With the participation of Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Gabriele Köhler (UNRISD), Alberto Cimadamore (CROP), Sasha Gabizon (Women in Europe for a Common Future)
2.15pm – 3.15pm: Citizen Engagement of Youth and Celebrities through Artistic Creation and the Media
3.20pm – 4.30pm: Citizen Engagement through Artistic Creation: Photography and Cinema
With the participation of Susie Crate (anthropologist), Daniel A. Miller (film director), Seth Kramer (film director), Franck Vogel (photojournalist)