Program

Kaaitheater, Brussels

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11:00 – 12:30

Corona lessons for a resilient society

The corona crisis has taught us that you cannot just cut down forests or deal carelessly with animals endlessly. Outsourcing all production to low-wage countries is also no longer an option. How do we build resilient societies that are ecologically and socially durable?

A panel discussion with Myriam Dumortier (biodiversity researcher at INBO), Koen Vanmechelen (contemporary conceptual artist), Dirk Draulans (biologist) and Jan Rotmans (transition thinker).

Subsequently: literary intervention by Christine Van Acker (writer).

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12:30 – 14:00

Meet the animal

For centuries we have been intrigued by animals and have used them in our stories. Who does not know Reynard the Fox? Only recently have we learned how small the differences between humans and animals are. What does an understanding relationship with animals with recognition of their own abilities mean?

A conversation that explores new paths with: Eva Meijer (writer, philosopher and artist), Hans Van Dyck (professor Behavioral Biology) and Hendrik Schoukens (environmental lawyer).

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14:00 – 15:30

Transition to a fair agro-ecology

Agricultural soils are eroding, biodiversity is declining alarmingly. Fortunately, we see new agro-ecological farmers emerge. Through short-chain they restore contact with consumers while also taking care of the surrounding nature. The challenge is to make these innovative practices the new normal.

A conversation with Louis De Jaeger (landscape architect), Marjolein Visser (professor agricultural systems, agroecology and plant breeding) and Lisa Tostado (Head of International Climate, Energy & Agriculture Policy Programme at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU).

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15:30 – 17:00

Cities full of nature and the barren countryside

It is at odds with what we think: the city is full of nature and agricultural areas are increasingly turning into deserts. But there is work to be done everywhere. For example, green space in the city is unevenly distributed and there is a need for a different vision of open space with reinforced village centers.

With Paul Demets (poet), Els Vervloesem (transition architect), Tom Bauler (ecological economist) and Ine Renson (journalist).

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17:00 – 18:00

Closing debate

The starting point is the question posed by the French thinker Bruno Latour: Where can we land? How can we “ground ourselves” and take care of our living environment, while being open to the world?

With Warda El-Kaddouri (researcher and journalist), Anuna De Wever (climate activist), Olivier de Schutter (UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights) and Dirk Holemans (coordinator of Oikos – Think tank for socio-ecological change).

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In-between

Spoken word

By Yousra Benfquih (lawyer, poet and columnist),

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