Ecologues

A discussion series about the climate emergency

In partnership with News Decoder and the Climate Academy at the European School of Brussels, 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, from 26 January to 29 June. Conversations will begin at 19h00 CET and run for ninety 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 Alice McCrum at mccrum@americanlibraryinparis.org or Maria Krasinski, News Decoder’s Managing Director, at maria.krasinski@news-decoder.com with any questions or thoughts.

The Meetings: Click the links to sign up for each session.

Meeting One: What is the Climate Crisis?

Thursday 26 January 2023

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?

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Meeting Two: Environmental Justice

Thursday 23 February 2023

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?

Meeting Three: The Energy Question

Thursday 30 March 2023

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.

Meeting Four: The Food Question

Thursday 27 April 2023

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?

Meeting Five: Environmental Economics

Thursday 25 May 2023

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.

Meeting Six: Legislating for the Future

Thursday 29 June 2023

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?

The Writing’s on the Wall

At the intersection of activism, journalism, and art, the year-long project provides resources and strategies for schools worldwide to integrate climate education into their curricula. Through workshops and training sessions, interactive webinars and professional development meetings, the initiative will support media literacy, global citizenship education, as well as creativity and innovation. Though WoW focuses on secondary school students and teachers, all resources and strategies–gathered and preserved in an open access webspace–can be adapted to fit the needs of younger and older students, too.

About the Host Organizations

News Decoder

News Decoder is a global educational news service that nurtures young people to become savvy, active global citizens. Since 2015, our distinctive approach to media literacy has encouraged young people to think like journalists to deepen their understanding of global issues and develop skills as critical, informed media consumers and creators. We publish original news stories written for and by young people and facilitate interactions between youth and experts in journalism and global affairs.

The Climate Academy at the European School of Brussels

The Climate Academy at the European School of Brussels educates fifteen to eighteen-year-old European students in climate science and the systemic thinking that this provokes. Over a 2-year programme, young people develop their understanding and skills to transform their civic space. The Academy offers a free package of materials and guidance that can be plugged into any school. It can achieve a major impact across the whole school community by empowering a small number of change makers with the latest science and holistic vision.

The American Library in Paris

Established in 1920, the American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. Through its celebration of the written word and the life of the mind, as well as its evolving collections and innovative cultural programming, the Library promotes knowledge, inspires learning, and fosters community. It is home to the international, thoughtful, and curious in the center of Paris.

The Library’s contribution to this joint program is supported by the Florence Gould Foundation and the American Center for Arts and Culture.

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