As previously announced by President Frédéric Mion in March 2019, Sciences Po is committing to a number of new initiatives for climate with the programme, "Climate Action: Make it Work". Thanks to this participatory platform, the various Sciences Po communities are encouraged to become engaged actors in leading the ecological transition via a series of online consultations.
Becoming a more ecologically responsible university
Under this programme, Sciences Po is committing to taking action for climate. Juliette Seban, our Sustainability Officer, is developing a coordinated strategy for sustainable development in order to make Sciences Po a more eco-responsible university. In addition, a vast study of all courses and research on the ecological transition, led by Bruno Latour and Henri Landes, has begun in order to ensure that the nature and volume of the teachings on the subject are in line with the challenges we face.
A number of projects will be launched via the new participatory platform Climate Action: Make it Work: via this website, Sciences Po students, instructors, researchers and staff can actively participate in leading the ecological transition on our campuses and beyond.
Ecology, the underlying theme of all our events
General consultations and conferences are regularly taking place on the subject of Sciences Po's ecological transition and actions to be taken for the climate. Make it Work* is thus also a series of events, keeping both guests and students informed about the latest climate happenings and debates.
A look back at the events that have taken place so far:
- The inaugural lecture of Bruno Latour, anthropologist and sociologist, on 28 August.
- The inaugural lecture of Gilles Boeuf, President of the Scientific Council of the French Agency for Biodiversity, on 28 August (FR).
- The inaugural lecture of Jean-Marc Jancovici, energy and climate expert, on 29 August.
- The inaugural lecture of Emmanuelle Wargon, General Secretary of the Ministry of the Ecological and Solidarity Transition, on 30 August (FR).
- The inaugural lecture of François Sarano, oceanographer, on 5 September in Poitiers (FR).
- The back-to-school conference of the master’s programme Marketing: New Luxury & Art de Vivre, with Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering, on the theme of sustainable development in the luxury sector, on 29 August.
- The conference L’anthropocène et nous, with Bruno Latour and Yannick Jadot, on 3 September (FR).
Events to not miss in September:
- Monday, 16 September - The Economics of a Green New Deal, at the OFCE
- Monday, 16 September - Le Détail du monde. L’art perdu de la description de la nature (FR)
- Tuesday, 17 September - Participation citoyenne et transition écologique : enjeux et défis en Allemagne et en France (FR)
- Friday, 20 September - Plateforme Biodiversité 2020 : Décrypter l’actualité internationale de la biodiversité sur la route de la COP 15 en Chine (FR)
- Thursday, 26 September - Les grands enjeux de la transition énergétique : le modèle européen dans une perspective globale (FR)
- Monday, 30 September - Collapsologie : doit-on croire à la théorie de l’effondrement ? (FR)
Stay tuned & participate!
On the Climate Action: Make it Work platform, click on the "Registration" button to create your account.
Rewind: what’s been happening since the spring
- The first consultation, which took place between April 23-30, called upon all of Sciences Po’s students, researchers, instructors and staff to propose and vote for questions related to climate for candidates in the European Elections. On 4 May 2019, Sciences Po hosted a number of candidates from different political parties for a debate (FR), during which questions sourced from the platform were addressed to candidates. The question that received the most votes on the platform was: How can we make Europe more resilient against a potential systemic collapse?
*Originally launched in 2015, “Make it Work” was an immediate success when six months before the COP21, students proved that it was possible to make climate negotiations “work”. Today, “Climate Action: Make it Work” regroups all of Sciences Po’s initiatives and commitments to make our university more eco-responsible.