Ecologues

A discussion series about the climate emergency

News Decoder, The American Library in Paris and the Climate Academy at the European School Brussels II are delighted to announce Ecologues, a series of six interactive webinars featuring experts on various aspects of the environmental crisis. Conversations will be hybrid, taking place in person at the American Library in Paris and online. Though participants are encouraged to join all six sessions for a holistic overview, the discrete and diverse nature of topics will allow audience members to attend based on interest.

In partnership with the American Library in Paris and the Climate Academy at the European School Brussels II, we’re delighted to announce Ecologues, a series of interactive webinars featuring experts on various aspects of the environmental crisis.

Attached to The Writing’s on the Wall (WoW), a year-long project helping students across the world grapple with the climate crisis through journalism, activism, and art, the series will allow participants of all ages to deepen understanding, tackle disinformation and, ultimately, inspire change in their communities. Reconciling science and art, knowledge and action, pragmatism and hope, the conversations will stir curiosity and encourage participation.

About the 2023 Series

The 2023 series will unfold over six sessions, on the last Thursday of the month from 26 January to 29 June. Conversations will begin at 19h00 CET and run for 90 minutes.

Conversations will be hybrid, taking place both in person at the American Library in Paris and online. Though participants are encouraged to join all six sessions for a holistic overview, the discrete and diverse nature of topics will allow audience members to attend based on interest. Alice McCrum, head of cultural programming at the American Library in Paris, will begin each conversation with brief opening remarks, before guiding an in-depth group discussion.

Please write to the Library’s Alice McCrum at mccrum@americanlibraryinparis.org or News Decoder’s Maria Krasinski at maria.krasinski@news-decoder.com with any questions or thoughts.

The Conversations

I: What is the Climate Crisis?

We find ourselves firmly in the Anthropocene, the period in which human activity is the dominant influence on the natural world. We wonder: what is happening to the earth, the sky, and the oceans? How did we get here, and where are we going?

II: Environmental Justice

If environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, then there is much to do. Where to start?

III: The Energy Question

Volatile gas and electricity prices, accelerating energy diversification, and a cold winter ahead, the question of energy (and of the energy transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century) is central to contemporary discussions about the environment.

IV: The Food Question

While half of the world’s habitable land is used to produce our food, fertilizers, sewage, and pesticides contaminate large swathes of the rest. How to feed the world, we might ask, without destroying the planet?

V: Environmental Economics

Whether degrowth or green growth, the circular economy or the end of the capitalist economy as we know it, environmental economics, the study of how we use and manage finite resources, help us understand negative externalities, public goods, and market failures.

VI: Legislating for the Future

How can we expand our sense of time to confront the long-term (and increasingly short-term) devastation of the climate crisis? How to, moreover, legislate against this devastation? And to legislate on behalf of who exactly? The rivers and the trees? The children of the future?

Advance registration required at americanlibraryinparis.org/ecologues.

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Ecologues
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