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The uncomfortable consumer: on a diet in the candy store
It’s a challenge, trying to live an environmentally conscious life, while society constantly tempts you to cheap city trips or cheap clothing. While each of us is muddling along, the temptation is systemic. Transition will only succeed if we tackle it structurally and if politicians dare to stick their necks out (government role, ‘moralizing technology’).
Theatrical performers Anoek Nuyens and Rebekka de Wit present us their Monologue For A Consumer. Followed by a panel with, among others, Laurien Spruyt, policy officer Bond Beter Leefmilieu, and Jeroen Theunissen, author of Jouw Huid (‘Your Skin’).
Relay talks: citizens in action, from May ’68 till today
With which actions can citizens contribute to speeding up the transition? By lobbying as much as possible with the European institutions, and/or organizing protest actions and blocking lignite plants? How does today’s action differ from a few decades ago?
With Yasmien Naciri, a young entrepreneur and author of Wij nemen het heft in handen, Samuel Cogolati, researcher at KULeuven and activist in the domain of the commons, Lenny Peeters, laureate of the Bronzen Uil prize for best debut novel in Dutch, and Paul Goossens, journalist for De Standaard.
The connection between identity debate, inequality and the ecological issue
From the perspective of social ecology, the ecological crisis, which is the result of the idea that man has to dominate nature, is connected with the domination of one person over the other.
A debate with among others Rachida Lamrabet, author of Zwijg allochtoon, Leo Lucassen, migration expert and professor at Leiden University, and Aziza El Miamouni from Wijkacademie Molenbeek.
Just Transition. The proof is in the eating.
‘To change everything it takes everyone’, a just transition is about both decent jobs, climate policy as well as a just society. An interesting dialogue between trade union, industry and research community. With the economist Kate Raworth, author of The Doughnut Economy, Alison Tate, Director of Economic and Social Policy of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Thomas Leysen, Chairman of Umicore & KBC. Moderated by Karel Verhoeven (chief editor at De Standaard)
Grand Tour 2020
Pieter Van Bogaert talks with Guy Gypens, director of Kaaitheater, about his book Grand Tour 2020 – the report of a trip through ten European cities where he talked to ten artists about their ecological commitment (as an artist and as a citizen). The book is the final document of ten years of ‘Imagine 2020’, a European collaboration on art and ecology founded by Kaaitheater in 2008.
Does the climate summit of Poland tackle the challenges?
Two weeks after ECOPOLIS, the COP24 climate summit will take place in Poland, the country that still largely runs on coal(mines). What can we expect from this COP? What does ‘Just Transition’ mean for workers in polluting industries? Can we offer them green jobs?
With climate expert and IPCC member Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, architect and urban planner Joachim Declerck and Catalina Caro (CENSAT, Friends of the Earth Colombia). Moderated by Tine Hens.
Power to the people
Jan Mertens enters into dialogue with various actors who are active in the commons’ domain. This session will feature both researchers and active citizens. Pieter Van Den Broeck, one of the compilers of the new publication ‘Op grond van samenwerking’, tells you more about new forms of ground-based commons, research journalist Bart Grugeon Plana discusses the inspiring commons dynamic in Barcelona and Sofie Deberdt (Samenhuizen vzw) proudly presents the new book ‘Samenhuizen in beeld’, where you get the chance to have a look inside various co-housing projects in Belgium.
Citizens in action
Citizens build a sustainable system themselves. Some Brussels self-organizations tell you how. Dar-el-Ward, produces organic couscous in various villages in Morocco. You will also get to know an enthusiastic group of volunteers who are committed to the realisation of wells in Nigeria and you will learn more about microloans in Ivory Coast that contribute to sustainable food.
Just Transition in action
The climate issue is becoming increasingly important for the trade unions, both in the social dialogue and in the internal operations. The three trade unions in Belgium follow the line of the international union in the pursuit of a just transition. Debate including Wim Careel (ABVV Flanders), Bert De Wel (ITUC), Anneleen Demey (ACLVB), Marc Alexander (ACV / Climate Express) and Sebastiaan Kennes (AM: De Nieuwe Samenzweerders).
Samantha Slade: non-hierarchical organization
For more than 20 years, Samantha Slade has been doing applied ethnographic research on an organizational structure where everyone is equal, away from a top-down structure. Samantha tells you how a non-hierarchical organization works in practice. She does this on the basis of observations from her own organization, where horizontal organization is key.