Make it Work: Sciences Po's Initiative for Climate

Make it Work: Sciences Po's Initiative for Climate

How can Sciences Po become a more sustainable university and workplace? An online consultation, "Sustainable Campus", is open now until 15 November in order to gather your ideas, proposals and votes to help Sciences Po become a more ecologically responsible university. This consultation is one of the pillars of our Climate Action: Make it Work initiative and concerns all of the Sciences Po campuses.

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Tēnaka: A Sciences Po start-up to save the ocean

Tēnaka: A Sciences Po start-up to save the ocean

According to a NASA study, 27% of the world’s coral reefs have disappeared in the last 50 years, and 32% are threatened with extinction.. Yet corals are the lungs of our planet, guarantors of the balance of the Earth's ecosystem and the survival of 60 million people around the globe. Restoring and preserving marine ecosystems is, according to the IPCC’s latest report, a key solution both for the mitigation of the climate crisis, as well as the adaptation of the most vulnerable communities.

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Jeremy Rifkin: The Green New Deal

Jeremy Rifkin: The Green New Deal

American author and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin was at Sciences Po on 17 October, 2019, for a conference and debate centred around the theme of his latest book, The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth. Predicting the collapse of the contemporary energy regime, he outlines a novel and ambitious plan in his book, and he shared some of his ideas and arguments with those in attendance. In particular, he warned them of the dangers of clinging to antiquated industrial and economic models that did not face up to the realities of today. 

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“It’s no longer a question of ecology, but of civilisation”

“It’s no longer a question of ecology, but of civilisation”

"One of a kind and indispensable": these are the terms FNSP President Olivier Duhamel used to welcome Bruno Latour to the podium of the Boutmy amphitheatre. Latour, the celebrated philosopher and anthropologist, proceeded to deliver a powerful speech on the environmental crisis. How can we measure the change our planet is undergoing, and how can we respond to it? Here is a key moment of this year's back-to-school season of inaugural lectures centred around climate and ecology.

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A Back-to-School Programme Centred Around Ecology

A Back-to-School Programme Centred Around Ecology

On your marks, get set… the start of the new academic year is upon us! Some students will be taking their first steps at Sciences Po as freshmen, others will be returning to familiar ground. Like every year, a back-to-school ceremony is held on each Undergraduate College campus and for each of the seven graduate schools. This year, the central theme of these ceremonies is the future of our planet. See details below.

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CO2 or GDP: The choice is ours

CO2 or GDP: The choice is ours

Precise, passionate, and deliberately iconoclastic, the climate specialist and engineer Jean-Marc Jancovici delivered the inaugural lecture to second-year undergraduate students in Paris, demonstrating the inevitable end of the golden age of energy. In this matter, no compromise is possible: if we are to decarbonise the economy, we must let go of our obsession with perpetual economic growth. Here are the key takeaways from his lecture.

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Mary Robinson’s 3 Steps to Tackle Climate Change

Mary Robinson’s 3 Steps to Tackle Climate Change

Mary Robinson, now President of the Elders and climate justice activist, was the seventh President of Ireland, and the first woman ever to hold this office. She also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002 and as Chancellor of the Trinity College Dublin for twenty years. In June 2019, she was the guest of honour at the Paris School of International Affairs’ graduation ceremony. In her talk, she gives graduates 3 key steps to do their part in the fight against climate change. Watch the video to find out what they are.

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Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Despite an overarching negativity where China and the environment are concerned, it is set to become the leading power in the green economy. However, it is the political elective which must make the policies to make China’s future green. As a one-party-state there is very little green opposition should environmental reforms not be put into practice.

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Saving the Oceans at Sciences Po

Saving the Oceans at Sciences Po

In honour of World Oceans Day and Oceans Week at Sciences Po, read this interview of Eve Isambourg, a Sciences Po student and oceans activist. Eve spent her third year abroad raising awareness on oceanic issues around the world, and spoke at the United Nations in New York defending our planet's oceans. (Interview originally published in 2018).

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