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2007 • Energies of the future, future lifestyles

March 31, 2007

"Energies of the future, future lifestyles" is the theme of the second Earth university held on Saturday 31 March 2007 at UNESCO: present state and future outlook for a very "burning" question.

The vital change in our society requires radical changes in our everyday behaviour. Many French people, aware of the importance of environmental questions, have started to adopt ecological and economic practices in their everyday lives. But we need to go further and change our whole lifestyle. The Earth university invites us to take a forward-looking approach and decode the question to project ourselves into the future.

One debate is devoted to global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, whose impact we are only now starting to perceive. Another takes an inventory of our energy resources, whether fossil, renewable or nuclear. Another debate tackles the challenges to be met to deal with the new climate and energy paradigm and the environmental, economic and social upheavals to which it may give rise. The end of oil is not a utopia. It will create great upheavals in the field of transport. What kind of travel will we still be able to enjoy? Where will we find the products that future travel will consume? Biofuels, new hybrid engines, renewable energies... will the alternative solutions suggested today be those adopted tomorrow? Will distance working become common practice? Two debates look at these key themes. Building - another major consumer of energy and CO2 emitter after transport - must also change. Bioclimate architecture, passive houses, HQE (high environmental quality) building: what are the existing and future solutions to ensure high energy performance housing? This is what we will be discovering.

Speakers

Yann ARTHUS-BERTRAND
Photographer

Jean-Yves BARRIER
Architect

Jacques BARROT
Vice-President of the European Commission, EU transport commissioner

Yves COCHET
Deputy

Dominique DRON
Chief engineer of Les Mines, former president of the interministerial mission of the greenhouse effect

Thierry GAUDIN
Mining engineer, President of Prospective 2100

Patrick HAAS
CEO BP France

Alain JUPPE
Former Prime Minister, Mayor of Bordeaux

Nathalie KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET
Deputy

Roland LEHOUCQ
Astrophysicist with the CEA

Corinne LEPAGE
President of Cap 21, former minister for the environment

Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE
Engineer at CEA

Gérard MERMET
Sociologist, economist, director of Francoscopies

Gérard MESTRALLET
CEO of Suez

François MOISAN
Executive Director of Strategy and Research and Scientific Director of ADEME

Claude NAHON
Director of Sustainable Development of EDF Group

Henri PREVOT
Mining engineer

Henri PROGLIO
CEO, Véolia Environment

Pierre RADANNE
International expert on energy issues

Joël de ROSNAY
Chairman of Biotics International

Patrick VIVERET
Philosopher

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