In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2021:
We are part of the solution
27 May 2021, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm (CEST / GMT+2)
There is only one Earth, not one planet for nature and another for humans. However, we are inclined to think of our planet simply as a scenery, which runs contrary to local and indigenous understanding. The values that enable us to live together in harmony with nature are expressed on several levels. Values that deal with knowledge: how do we create knowledge, and how do we use it? Values that deal with action: what is our responsibility in the face of the foreseeable or imaginable consequences of our collective actions? And finally, values that shape how we care, see and listen.
This Forum is organized in partnership with Sparknews, around storytelling leading to action to reconcile humans and the other living beings on Earth.
The Forum will include a graphical facilitation. Speakers will be invited to share their relationships with the living world though 3 sessions.
The first will highlight the role of emotions with images and sounds; the second will revisit the links between humans and nature; and the last is call for action following the launch of the movement for living together on Earth by UNESCO on 24 March 2021 during its Biodiversity forum.
Watch the event live on this page on 27 May 2021, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm (CEST / GMT+2)
Writing together the narrative of reconciliation between all living beings
Act I - Opening through the #heart
- The Explorers
Audiovisual project showcasing the Earth's natural, cultural and human heritage and wonders, using latest generation technology.
- The Earth Keeper
Poem by Scott Momaday, Native American writer read by actor David Coburn (USA).
Act II - Creating through the #mind
Building on diversity of relationships and values between humans and/in/with nature.
- Bill McKibben (USA)
Author, journalist, environmentalist and activist, Gandhi Peace Prize, Co-founder of 350.org.
- Vik Muniz (Brazil)
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, photographer and mixed-media artist
- Valérie Cabanes (France)
International lawyer and environmentalist, fighting for the recognition of the crime of ecocide.
- Victoria Reyes-García (Spain)
Ethnoecologist, socio-ecological system expert
Act III - Act with our #body
Inspire by change and engage for biodiversity.
- Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria)
Alternative Nobel Prize, director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation, nominated ‘Hero of the Environment’ by Time Magazine.
- Rabecca Yego Laibich (Kenya)
UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme youth spokesperson
- Shubhendu Sharma (India)
Founder of Afforestt, planting native forests
- Jérémy Gobé (France)
Plastic artist, founder of Coral Artefact, a global solution (art, science, industry and education) to fight against the disappearance of corals
- Mauro Colagreco* (Italy/Argentina/France)
Three Michelin star Chef and winner of “Sustainable Gastronomy”, first restaurant in the world certified “Plastic Free”
Act IV - Mobilization
Join the ‘Living Together on Earth’ movement.
Vérom will be drawing a fresco based on the event – that will be displayed throughout
Everyone should be part of the solution!
- International Day of Biological Diversity
- UNESCO's commitment to biodiversity
- Launch of the UN Decade on the Restoration of Ecosystems
- Launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
- CBD’s global campaign "We're part of the solution #ForNature"
Image: Ecosystem restoration and carbon capture project © UNESCO/ Gouritz Biosphere Reserve