Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France

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  • 154 The climate debate interpreting signs from the future



Organizers : Collège des Bernardins (Paris)
Date :  Monday 6 July 8.00 pm -10.00 pm
Location : Collège des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris
Expected number of participants :  300
Nature of participants :  Scientists, theologians, historians
Keywords :  Philosophy, Theology

Keynote speakers :

  • Youba Sokona, South Center (Geneva), Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy DG/CEO of IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) (Laxenburg, Austria)
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III
  • Hervé Le Treut, Head of the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, CNRS, IPCC Lead Author
  • Jean-Charles Hourcade, researcher at CIRED, head of R2DS, IPCC Lead Author
  • Erika Rosenthal, President of Earth Justice
  • Jacques Arnould, CNES policy officer, historian and theologian
  • Frédéric Louzeau, head of the Collège des Bernardins Research Center, philosopher and theologian


This side event will address philosophical and spiritual aspects of the climate debate. The whole issue may be dispelled by an act of faith in our ability to swiftly identify technical solutions that will spare us from having to change the way we produce, consume, use land and distribute wealth.

It is nevertheless crucial that, despite our different cultural backgrounds, levels of wealth and visions of what constitutes a good society, we immediately consider how we should define the foundations of solidarity between the generations without jeopardising the future through our current actions or imposing the future on the present on the grounds that the general outlook appears bleak.

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Contact: Frédéric Louzeau, Head of the Research Center, chrystel.conogan@collegedesbernardins.fr

Videos of the round-tables (In french)
Round table 1 "Savoir déchiffrer un signal qui vient de l'avenir"
Round table 2 "De l'alerte à l'action: le sens de notre commune responsabilité"

Audio transcription of the round-tables