Ecological transition and planetary issues: a collective obligation

On 14 October, Leonard launched a series of meetings on the environment. The philosopher Cynthia Fleury joined Lola Vallejo, director of the climate programme at Iddri, and David Laurent, who heads up the Climate and Resources division of the Entreprises pour l’environnement (EpE) thinktank, for this first meeting in the series, which focused on the responsibility of each different actor in taking into account the necessities of the situation.

The conclusions of the last IPCC report, published in October 2018, deliver a clear message: without concerted action, we will reach the 1.5 °C threshold between 2030 and 2052.

This increase in global warming has disastrous effects on the environment (rising sea levels, declining biodiversity, soil erosion and desertification, etc.) and imperils the lives of many people as well as the global political order and economy – in other words, the world as we know it.

After the general apathy about climate change that greeted the first diagnoses in the 1970s, governments, businesses and the general public are no longer ignoring the subject. In France, it now tops the list of people’s concerns.

Even so, the journey from growing awareness to taking action is long and full of pitfalls. To hope to take durable action on the climate, humanity must for the first time work together in a coordinated manner.What are the main levers of this transformation? What efforts will be required from different entities – governments, companies, individual people? Environmental transition is going to profoundly transform the economy and daily lives of both people and businesses. Are we ready to welcome these changes?

The evening’s main moments in a few Tweets:

What do we do?

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