Burning ice 20-24 januari 09 – kaaitheater dinsdag 20 januari, 20u30, Debat: Greening Cities Intro



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BURNING ICE 20-24 JANUARI 09 – KAAITHEATER
Dinsdag 20 januari, 20u30, Debat: Greening Cities

Intro: “Cities occupy less than 1% of the earth’s surface, but are home to half the world’s population and are responsible for more than 75% of global energy consumption and 80% of the output of greenhouse gases. This gives cities a huge responsibility when it comes to climate change. At the same time, these same cities and the networks they form are also our best hope of efficient and effective action. How are the major cities tackling this? And what role is there for art and culture?”
Deelnemers*: Ken Livingstone (voormalig burgemeester van Londen), Evelyne Huytebroeck (Brussels minister van milieu en energie), Tom Kestens (muzikant), Simon Reddy (Executive Director of the C40 Cities, Climate Leadership Group), Alain Deneef (Staten Generaal van Brussel, Aula Magna think tank)

Moderator: Nicky Aerts


VERSLAG

C40

- C40 is ontstaan in 2005 op initiatief van toenmalig burgemeester van Londen Ken Livingstone. Aanvankelijk waren het 20 steden (C20 – verwijzing naar CO2) en dat is uitgebreid naar 40 steden met elk 3 miljoen of meer inwoners.

Reden?

75-80% van de CO2-uitstoot komt van steden; dus moet het strijd tegen de CO2-uitstoot vooral in steden gevoerd worden


- De belangrijkste werkpunten van C40 liggen op het vlak van transport, afval, energie-efficiëntie, water en groene energie.
- 3 pijlers van de werking van C40 zijn:

1. Measurement: bv. het ontwerpen van 1 gratis meetinstrument om het CO2-verbruik in een stad te meten, zodat alle gegevens van alle C40-steden vergelijkbaar zijn

2. Procurement: bv. met 40 steden een contract afdwingen bij een leverancier van groene bussen zodat de 40 steden voor een voordelige prijs groene bussen kunnen aankopen. (C40 heeft nu al 26 ‘suppliers’ waar ze korting krijgen)

3. Best Practice: in plaats van allemaal pioniers te willen zijn, gebruiken de C40-steden elkaars ideeën. Bv. Japan heeft een enorm energiezuinig watervoorzieningssysteem => dat voorbeeld gebruiken voor andere steden


STATEN GENERAAL

- Verenigt een aantal maatschappelijke verenigingen, vakbonden en de culturele wereld

- De huidige Staten Generaal Is ontstaan vanuit een oproep aan alle Brusselaars om een petitie te ondertekenen waarin het huidige bestuur van Brussel aangeklaagd wordt. Resultaat: 10.000 handtekeningen.

- De Staten Generaal organiseert op geregelde tijdstippen debatten die vertrekken vanuit 16 papers,geschreven door meer dan 100 professoren e.d. De debatten worden gevoerd in de aanloop naar de verkiezingen van 7 juni.

- De Staten Generaal protesteert tegen het huidige bestuur van Brussel en tegen de perceptie van Brussel van buitenaf.

Bestuur: er is een gebrek aan visie, duidelijke keuzes, er zijn interne vetes, en er wordt niet samengewerkt met de gewesten.

 Perceptie: Brussel is niet meer de stad van vroeger (Waals en Vlaams) maar is veel internationaler. 20 % van de rijkdom van België komt uit Brussel en Brussel zou daarom meer ‘ruimte’ en ‘aandacht’ moeten krijgen. Brussel coördineert de omgeving niet, mar is afgesloten van het ‘achterland’ (dit in tegenstelling tot vele andere hoofdsteden).

 Qua duurzame ontwikkeling staat Brussel ook ver achter


KEN LIVINGSTONE

- Er is reden tot optimisme wat betreft de klimaatcrisis. China zal Duitsland dit jaar bijvoorbeeld voorbijsteken in hernieuwbare energie.

- Maar we staan er toch veel slechter voor dan velen denken. Volgens het Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research is er slechts 7 % kans dat de temperatuur gestabiliseerd wordt op 2°, en slechts 15% dat het gestabiliseerd wordt op 4° (4° is redelijk catastrofaal).

 7% wil zeggen: er moet onmiddellijk een grote verandering komen.

 Het positieve is dat dit eigenlijk heel eenvoudig op te lossen is, als iedereen meteen een aantal grote principes toepast (qua mobiliteit, energieverbruik, etc.):

=> simpelweg NIET consumeren en weggooien (een cultuur creëren waarin we geen afval maken)

=> verminderen CO2-uitstoot > zorgt ook nog eens voor herdistributie van rijkdom (arme mensen verbruiken veel minder dan rijken)
*BIO’S
KEN LIVINGSTONE
Ken Livingstone was born in Lambeth in 1945 and educated at Tulse Hill Comprehensive School. After eight years working as a technician at the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute in London, he entered Phillipa Fawcett Teacher Training College, qualifying in 1973.

He was a Labour member of Lambeth Council between 1971 and 1978, holding the position of Vice-Chair of the Housing Committee from 1971 to 1973. From 1978 to 1982 he was a member of Camden Council, where he was Chair of the Housing Committee from 1978 to 1980.

In 1973 he was elected as a Labour member of the Greater London Council. He was Vice-Chair of Housing Management from 1974 to 1975 and was elected Leader in 1981. He remained Leader until March 1986 when Margaret Thatcher abolished the GLC.

From 1987 to June 2001, he served as Labour Member of Parliament for Brent East. He was elected as member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party between 1987 to 1989, and from 1997 to 1998, defeating Peter Mandelson to gain election.

He was elected Mayor of London in May 2000 and was re-elected for a second term in June 2004. With strong ideas about how the capital should be run, Ken has never been afraid of controversy. He had the courage and vision to introduce the congestion charge and a transformation of the city’s aging transport infrastructure to free up London’s traffic. He also successfully restored beat police and bus services. He took the decision to bid for the Olympics and was the driving force behind the capital’s successful 2012 bid, his leadership vision was for strong and diverse growth for London and successes in which all Londoners could share.

With the government he led the preparations to deal with the terrorist attack on London in 2005. Fundamental improvements in environmental management are also central to Ken’s vision, and in 2007 he produced a climate change action plan which showed how London could reduce its carbon emissions by 60% in 20 years and by 80 to 90% by 2050.

He has written two books, If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It (1987) and Livingstone's Labour (1989). He is currently working on his autobiography to be published summer 2009.

www.kenlivingstone.com


SIMON REDDY
Simon Reddy is the Executive Director of the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) secretariat and is responsible for co-ordinating and communicating the work of the C40 cities.

The C40 is a group of the world's largest cities committed to tackling climate change and works by generating political will amongst cities and facilitating the sharing of best practice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is the delivery partner of the C40.

The secretariat is based at City Hall in London.

Prior to taking this position in March 2007, Simon has worked for Greenpeace UK and Greenpeace International since 1992, most recently as Director of Policy and Solutions for Greenpeace UK.

Simon was responsible for setting up a solutions department within Greenpeace UK and led and co-ordinated work on ‘decentralised energy’ and the London Gallions Park zero carbon development.

Over a 15 year period at Greenpeace, Simon also worked as a political adviser on ocean issues representing Greenpeace at various international political fora, a campaigner working on oil and gas issues and platform dumping and as a deckhand on Greenpeace ships.

Simon has an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Biology and a BSc Ecology.

www.c40cities.org


EVELYNE HUYTEBROECK
Evelyne Huytebroeck was born in 1958. She is the mother of three teenagers, until 1989 was a journalist, set up a local radio station, was active in the urban and social struggle of the 80s and today is a member of the Green party and the Brussels Minister of Environment, Energy and Water Policy. She is also responsible for the tourism department, the budget of the French Community Commission, individual care and policy for the disabled.

For fifteen years she was the Brussels delegate and leader (1989-2002) and then co-chair and chair (2002-2004) of ECOLO, before becoming her party’s first female minister in the Brussels government.

As an environmental militant since 1982, and as an elected member of the Brussels parliament since 1989, she has always worked for a more ecological region with greater solidarity. Her aim is to make Brussels a sustainable city and region that reconciles economic development and the creation of jobs with care for the environment and social justice.

One of the great challenges of her political career is to contribute to the preservation and improvement of the quality of life and the environment for all the inhabitants of Brussels. But also to make this region, the heart of Europe, into an open, hospitable and tolerant city.

evelyne.huytebroeck.be
ALAIN DENEEF
After serving two years and a half year as Chairman of the Board of the Belgian Railways, Alain Deneef serves today on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.

Prior to this, he held different positions in ACEC (electrotechnical company), Coditel (cable operator) and Canal+ Belgium (pay-TV).

He then spent seven years appointed to Belgacom SA (the Belgian leading telecommunications company) successfully as General Manager in charge of the Multimedia & Info highways division, the Corporate Customers division, the Data Networks & Applications division and as Executive Vice-President in charge of the Corporate & Data Solutions division.

He is now an independent Board Member of Carmeuse SA (lime producer) and Open Trust (open source-based IT company).

He has invested in different companies and is a member of the Board of HappyMany SA (telecom reseller) and Le Cri SPRL (book publisher).

He is also a consultant in corporate finance transactions in the real estate sector.

Out of personal interest, he is director of several clubs and associations relating to philanthropy, business, urbanism, culture and education, such as the Young President’s Organisation (YPO – Brussels Chapter), the Solvay Business School (part of the ULB), the Fonds Quartier Européen (part of the King Baudouin Foundation), Handicap International (NGO specialized in revalidation of disabled and prevention of mine accidents) and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (NGO). In 2005, he created the think tank Aula Magna reflecting on the future of Brussels as a European Capital and a little World City. Together with other associations, he launched in 2008 the Citizen’s forum of Brussels, an unprecedented effort of mobilizing the civil society around the future of Brussels.

Educated at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), he holds degrees of Business Engineer (Solvay Business School), Law and Philosophy.

www.citizensforumofbrussels.be
TOM KESTENS
Artist Tom Kestens (LaLaLover) was a member of Gent' s finest Das Pop for five years. He moved on from rock ‘n roll to writing soundtracks for movies and theatre plays. Meantime he did sessions and touring with Venus In Flames and Sarah Bettens. Today he finished his second album the Runner. He is co-initiator of the Belgian ‘People for Earth’ organization.

www.lalalover.com / www.thebigask.be

http://peopleforearth.wordpress.com
Woensdag 21 januari, 14u00-18u00, Debat: Re-imagining the Landscape

Intro: “There is a long tradition of depicting the landscape in art history and philosophy. But how are we to relate to melting ice caps, felled forests and endangered animal species? Nowadays, the yearning for the ‘wildness’ of nature has been stripped of its last traces of romance. How does mankind deal with this ‘new’ uncontrollability? Are we able to redefine our aesthetic and ethical position, taking modesty as a core value?”
Deelnemers: Prof. Herman Parret (KULeuven), Martin Drenthen (milieufilosoof), Geerdt Magiels (bioloog en filosoof), David Buckland (kunstenaar), Kris Verdonck (kunstenaar), Kate McIntosh (kunstenaar), Anouk De Clercq (kunstenaar) en Maria Thereza Alves (kunstenaar)
HERMAN PARRET – Sublime ice landscapes in the visual arts
With the emergence of tourism in the 18th century, also painters discovered the landscape of the mighty Alps, with their peaks and glaciers, which have fascinated visual artists ever since. The sublime experience of the deserted ice landscape met the romantic desire for the wild and became a topos in the arts, though changing in meaning over time. From Gustave Doré over Robert Smithson’s land art to contemporary artists aware of global warming’s impact: their poetics are closely connected to the aesthetics of the sublime, in which man feels the limits of his own imagination.
Bio: Herman Parret is emeritus professor of philosophy and aesthetics at the Catholic University of Leuven, and currently affiliated with the university of Siena. His field of research and publication encompasses semiotics, aesthetics, and art theory. In the arts, his attention goes to the Venetian Renaissance and contemporary visual arts. Recent publications include L’esthétique de la communication (1999), Épiphanies de la présence (2006) and Les Sébastiens de Venise (2008).
MARTIN DRENTHEN – The Wildness of Melting Ice
Our relation to nature is deeply ambiguous. Fascinated as we are by the limits of our agency, we are interested in nature to the extent that it escapes our control. We are searching for unspoilt nature and even building new wilderness, driven by a desire for authentic experiences of wildness. Nature and lanscapes are being charged with cultural meanings and moral interpretations, as also films and literature reveal. Today, our desire for the wild is challenged by the uncanny reality of global warming: how much romanticism can we afford ourselves when confronted with the ‘new’ uncontrollability of melting polar ice?
Bio: Environmental philosopher Martin Drenthen is affiliated with the Radboud University Nijmegen, where he is a researcher in environmental ethics, the philosophy of animals and Nietzsche’s work. He published Grenzen aan wildheid in 2004.
Meer info op:

http://home.hetnet.nl/~martdren/index.html.


GEERDT MAGIELS – What do we search in nature but ourselves?
21st century man is the tamest of all animals. We are the softies of nature. Some dare to go into the wild, but then they are supported by the newest of technologies. That’s one of the ways we demonstrate that we are, above all, clever. Still, that great clever brain of ours is partly driven by short-sightedness, statistical stupidity and fear of the unknown. That is probably one of the reasons why climate change could become the new buzz-word, the newest refrain to the age-old song that we are disturbing the equilibrium and destroying nature, in the latest scenario of doom.
Thinking about doom, isn’t it curious that smoking is still the world’s largest single preventable cause of illness and death, and still increasing? It would cost us nothing to quit and improve the internal and external climate tremendously. The thermonuclear capacity on earth to kill all of us twenty times over has not disappeared since the end of the cold war. This threat too could easily be dismantled to much gain in real security. Every year 1.8 million children die because of easily preventable diarrhoea, since 4 in 10 on this world lack proper sanitation.
But we don’t seem to bother very much. No, we watch David Attenborough on TV and try to reunite with nature at the camping, we eat all wild fish into oblivion and wonder why this winter was the coldest in decades while the earth should be warming up. In the light of Darwin’s 200th birthday, it seems appropriate to consider what humankind really is: just a little hot spot on the very, very cold plate of the universe. Maybe that’s what we are looking for when we climb a mountain. The feeling that we are a fleeting epiphenomenon. That’s the biggest kick of mountaineering: you stand on the top and the only way is down. The highest goal has evaporated, the whole endeavour turns out to be useless. It is almost a Buddhist exercise, realising it is without meaning. That’s the greatest fun of it.
Bio: Geerdt Magiels is a biologist and philosopher who walks wonderingly through this world in which we live, driven by curiosity, writing about health and medicine, brain cells and cooking pots, art and science. He pairs complexity and clarity for his contributions to the national Radio 1 and De Standaard der Letteren. His books include Paul Janssen, pioneer in China and in Pharma; Freud en Darwin op de sofa; Hegeheim van de hersenchip; Alles of Niets; and Het brein van nu en straks.


Debat achteraf: The artists David Buckland, Kris Verdonck, Kate McIntosh, Anouk De Clercq and Maria Thereza Alves will respond to the lectures, departing from a discussion of their own work.

Donderdag 22 januari, 14u00-18u00, Debat: Re-routing Mobility

Intro: “In the twentieth century, mobility became the symbol of freedom and progress. But at a time of greenhouse gases and peak oil, the symbolic value of mobility is being rapidly reversed. The

exponential increase in the number of cars, air travel, food miles and so on is having a huge impact.

And the other side of the story is a different, more distressing form of mobility: that of climate

refugees.”


Deelnemers: Stijn Neuteleers (onderzoeksassistent filosofie KULeuven), Donatien Garnier (journalistencollectief Argos), Petra Ardai & Luc Van Loo (kunstenaarsduo), Sacha Kagan (socioloog Universiteit Lüneburg)
STIJN NEUTELEERS – Environmental refugees versus ‘classical’ refugees: do they generate different obligations?

Intro: “At first glance the problem of environmental refugees might seem a simple one. Industrial countries are causing environmental problems and these problems cause streams of refugees. Environmental problems undeniably contribute to the refugee problem in general, but it is nonetheless difficult to name a particular group as ‘environmental refugees’. The notion environmental refugees encompasses a wide diversity of subgroups and particular migrations are always the consequence of an interaction of factors. Therefore, an environmental refugees policy requires a classification of environmental refugees. Indirectly, however, the notion of environmental refugees shows that pollution contributes to human suffering and confronts industrial countries with their environmental responsibilities. “
POWERPOINT van de lezing kan gedownload worden op www.econ.kuleuven.be/public/N05024/index_files/Page470.htm onder ‘conferences & presentations’.
VERSLAG

- Tegen 2050 zitten we aan 150 à 200 miljoen Environmental Refugees (ER)

In 2000 was dat 25 miljoen, in 2010 zal dat 50 miljoen zijn

 dat zijn enorme getallen, 150-200 miljoen is 3% van de wereldbevolking!

! Deze cijfers zijn wel het onderwerp van discussie omdat het een schatting is van een mogelijke toekomst (er zijn geen feiten)


- In de huidige UN conventie gaat men voor de definitie van ‘vluchtelingen’ uit van vervolging. Maar moet het milieu daar niet in opgenomen worden?

 hierover zijn er tegenstrijdige opinies. Momenteel nemen veel landen vluchtelingen op, maar staan ze weigerachtig tegenover economische vluchtelingen (armoede). Met een uitbreiding van de definitie naar ER wordt er gevreesd dat bepaalde landen álle vluchtelingen zullen weigeren omdat ze geen economische vluchtelingen willen. En het onderscheid tussen ER en economische vluchtelingen is niet heel duidelijk.


- Belangrijk om op te merken: het is niet omdat we in het Westen nu zouden stoppen met vervuilen dat de ER in minder ontwikkelde landen daar direct resultaat van zullen ondervinden.
- Diane Bates maakte een overzicht categorieën van ‘disruption’ – verschillende soorten milieurampen en de gevolgen ervan.

 ECOCIDE: natuur gebruiken als wapen in oorlog (bv. een gebied doen overstromen)

> voor de vluchtelingen van dit soort ‘disruption’ is al een wettelijk kader: oorlogsvluchtelingen

 DISASTER REFUGEES:

° als gevolg van een natuurlijke ramp: vluchtelingen zouden terecht kunnen bij het global disaster fund?

° als gevolg van een technologische ramp: de veroorzakers zijn bekend en zij zouden moeten betalen, maar technologische installaties/organisaties met een hoog risico (bv. kernenergie) kunnen geen verzekering krijgen voor zulke rampen

 DETERIORATION REFUGEES: Het onderscheid met economische vluchtelingen is erg moeilijk te maken

 DEVELOPMENT REFUGEES: omwille van grote projecten


=> bij de opstelling van een definitie van ‘Environmental Refugees’ is het niet moeilijk om vast te stellen wat het aandeel/ de verantwoordelijkheid van de More Developed Countries (MDC) is. Het is vooral moeilijk om een beleid op te stellen omdat er zoveel verschillende subcategorieën zijn!
Bio Stijn Neuteleers:

Stijn Neuteleers is a research assistant (Ph. D. Fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders) at the Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philsophy (K.U.Leuven). He writes a doctorate in political philosophy and his research focuses on justice, environmental problems and value pluralism.



www.econ.kuleuven.be/public/N05024/index.htm
PETRA ARDAI & LUC VAN LOO – On ‘Holland Tsunami’

Intro: “Ardai and Van Loo will talk about their latest production Holland Tsunami. It is a theatrical mockumentary. A ‘what if’- scenario about a tsunami threatening to flood Holland. It is Hungary, of all countries, that come to aid the Dutch. Holland will be entirely evacuated and the Dutch must try to build up a new life in Hungary.”

www.spaceworld.nl

www.spaceworld.nl/voorstellingen/holland-tsunami
VERSLAG

- ‘On Holland Tsunami’ is een ‘documentary theatre’:

> ze kijken van binnen uit, niet met een objectieve afstand

> ze willen niet informeren, alleen een beleving aanbieden

> als het nodig is, gebruiken ze daar dan ook fictie voor

- De titel verwijst naar een uitspraak van Geert Wilders: ‘a tsunami of islamization’


SACHA KAGAN – East African pastoralism and climate change

Intro: “As stewards of the commons, semi-nomadic pastoralists in East Africa promote biodiversity and plants’ resilience to climate change. But longer and more frequent droughts reduce their mobility and harm their ecological habitat. In need of a larger area to maintain their activity, also national borders turn out to be a hindrance for adaptation to climate change.”
VERSLAG

- ’Pastoralists’

> zijn nomaden met dieren (veedrijvers)

> het zijn nu al de eerste slachtoffers van de klimaatsverandering en ze worden op economisch en politiek vlak gemarginaliseerd

> hun mobiliteit werd sowieso al beperkt de laatste eeuw, en dat heeft al catastrofische gevolgen gehad (want ze kunnen de ecologie, de natuurlijke manier van leven, niet meer volgen met hun dieren)

> daarboven op komen dan nog eens de gevolgen van de klimaatsverandering

- ‘mobiel zijn’ is eigenlijk een veel betere houding bij klimaatsveranderingen dan de typische westerse, sedimentaire leefwijze

 pastoralists zijn door genetische evolutie al veel beter aangepast aan klimaatswijziging dan dat wij via de wetenschap mensen zouden kunnen ‘aanpassen’

 we zouden van pastoralists opnieuw een duurzame vorm van mobiliteit kunnen leren en leven als pastorale gemeenschappen

- meer info over het project van Sacha Kagan: www.karamoja.eu

 interessant document ‘Karamoja_syndrome’ en een documentary film (trailer staat op de website)
Bio Sacha Kagan:

Sacha Kagan is a sociologist at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. He coordinates the international network Cultura21, which unites artists, scientists and cultural actors engaged in cultures of sustainability.

www.karamoja.eu
DONATIEN GARNIER – On climate refugees

Intro: “Collectif Argos is a Parisian group of journalists and photographers that specialises in documentaries on climate refugees, as well as other social, geopolitical and environmental issues.”
VERSLAG

Collectif Argos is een groep van 11 journalisten die in hun teksten de nadruk leggen op ‘mensen’. Ze schrijven onder meer over de impact van de klimaatsverandering op mensen, bevolkingen, etc.



 zo bezochten ze 9 plaatsen die te leiden hebben onder de klimaatsverandering waar ze aan de lokale bevolking vragen stelden over de impact van de klimaatsverandering (bv. Alaska, eilanden zoals Malediven, Nepal, de Gobi-woestijn in China, Afrika, …)
Link naar de organisatie: www.collectifargos.com

Link: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATTAC (ATTAC: Associatief netwerk voor Taks op financiële Transacties en voor het Aansterken van de Civiele maatschappij)



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