Futurapolis Planète: Humanity in its ecosystem
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The three days of conferences organized by Le Point will be based on three major themes: innovation, technology and the ecological transition. The debates will begin on Thursday, November 12 with “La Factory,” a series of contributions addressing the theme: “Companies in the 2020s: more sustainable, more responsible?” While it has accelerated the digitalization of the economy, the current crisis has also exacerbated the clash between worldviews and economic models with conflicting objectives. La Factory will tackle economic, societal and environmental (CSR) questions that concern business leaders and — through them — citizens, consumers and the public authorities. Contributors to this Factory include Dominique Faure, Vice-President of Toulouse Metropolis, Nadia Pellefigue, Vice-President of the Occitania region, Jean Tirole, Honorary President of Toulouse School of Economics and winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, along with Anne Lauvergeon, Areva’s former Chair of the Board. Finally, from 7:35 p.m. to 8 p.m., Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia, will be interviewed live remotely by Étienne Gernelle, editorial director of Le Point, on "The emergency of ecological transformation”.
Friday, November 13 will be devoted to major sustainability themes. A round table entitled “Climate change: are we helpless?” will bring together the former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage, along with Clara Gaymard, co-founder of the investment firm RAISE, a member of the board of directors of Veolia, Bouygues, Danone and LVMH, and former CEO of General Electric France. Another round table will discuss the rise of the bicycle, “the friend who’s here to help.” Yet another will address the topic “Pro-nuclear enthusiasts get a grilling,” in the presence of Myrto Tripathi, President of the Les Voix du Nucléaire association, and Stéphane Sarrade, Director of Energy programs in the CEA’s energy division. Last but not least, a debate on the question “Should we leave the city?” will have contributions from Frédéric Van Heems, CEO of Veolia’s France Water business line, François Chollet, neurologist, Vice-President of Toulouse Metropolis responsible for the ecology, sustainability and the energy transition, and Richard Sennett, sociologist, urbanist, Senior Advisor to the United Nations on its Program on Climate Change and Cities, and author of Building and Dwelling.
Finally, Saturday, November 14 will tackle themes as varied as “Why your brain is not green,” “Why ecology is for the rich” or “Composters from every country, unite! When citizens take the ecological question in hand.” This final round table will bring together, among others, the former French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire, and the former French Secretary of State for the Ecology and Minister of Sports Chantal Jouanno. The day will end on the following two themes: “Plastic is fantastic — Green growth is a con: the ecological unexpected” and “Covid-19: what we know and what we don’t yet know.”