Ecology against profit, a festival wants to tip the scales


Specism, extractivism, energy crisis, climate change, collapsology … These words do not tell you anything? These evils, however, threaten us. The first cultural days of ecology inform us through films, a photo exhibition and conferences. Meeting with the organizers and the artists. The ecological stakes in the light of the arts and the culture, it is the bet of the first "Cultural Days of the ecology", which began Tuesday, October 9 in Paris and will finish the October 16th.
«Opening of the collective exhibition" An idea of ​​the living "»
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They offer a varied program around themes related to ecology: anti-speciesism, dangers of agro-industry, climate activism, struggles of indigenous peoples against mining projects, etc. This "festival of ecology" was created at the initiative of three organizations: Felipé (Festival of the Book and the Press of Ecology), Green Pop and Raw Material (which produces the festival effect of CER (cinema, ecology , resistances).
The cultural days of ecology are divided into two parts:
First, three sessions of film debates denouncing climate change, the dangers of agribusiness and the impunity of mining-related crimes: "The country where green ants dream" of Werner Herzog , "Irrintzina, the cry of the climate generation" by Sandra Blondel and Pascal Hennequin and "Chicken run" by Peter Lord and Nick Park.
This sequence of screenings will continue on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October with the 16th Ecology Book and Press Festival. On the menu: meetings, workshops, debates and dedications. William, one of the organizers of the Festival, details the program:
"This year, the theme is:" get into the ground ". We will talk about the soil, the attachment to the land and the territory. We will have conferences on migrants, on breeding, biodiversity, ecofeminism, common goods, ZAD, extractivism … "
William, who is also part of the Alternatiba climate activist group, denounces the dangers of extractivism, that is to say the massive exploitation of natural resources (strategic minerals, fossil hydrocarbons, biomass, etc.). ) which is at the origin of the energy crisis and climate change. He denounced the project to create a gold mine in western French Guiana, which he says "poses great problems from an ecological point of view."

As for collapsology, it is defined by the researchers Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens as "the transdisciplinary exercise of study of the collapse of our industrial civilization and what could succeed it". And it is the objective of this festival to prevent such a disaster by raising public awareness of environmental issues.
On the sidelines of these meetings, the collective exhibition "An idea of ​​life" crosses the eyes of several artists who wonder about the triptych: human-animal-environment.
The curator of the exhibition, Morgane Etoundi, reveals her method to select the works present:
"I chose artists who talk about our surroundings, our environment, whether animal, plant, or human. Ecology impacts us all. The Ecology Days are aimed not only at an audience already invested in the ecological cause, but also at a wider audience, for example those interested in a contemporary art exhibition. "
Finally, a conference on wildlife photography and speciesism will take place on Thursday, October 11 at 18 pm, hosted by the vegan and anti-speciesist photographer Ludovic Sueur who shares the motivation of his commitment:
"Speciesism is the ethical consideration of an individual according to his species. We are not going to treat a dog or a cat in the same way, in relation to a pig or a cow. Dogs or cats are protected, they are part of the family, while other animals are used for our taste pleasure. They are locked up and killed, which is inconceivable for pets. As an anti-speciesist, I fight against this conception. I am fighting against the exploitation of animals, and I recognize them as individuals in their own right. Each of my photos presents an individual, not just a representative of each species. I hope to make people aware of each animal's personality. "
When asked if he considers animal (non-human) species and the human species to be equal, he states that
"There is no equality. We are all different, including within the human species. Moral and ethical considerations should apply to all individuals, regardless of their species. "

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Practical information: • Free admission for all events • From 9 to 16 October 2018, at 100 ECS -100, Rue de Charenton- 75.012 Paris (Ledru-Rollin metro station or Lyon station) and at Maison des ensembles (3 , rue d'Aligre -75012 Paris) • FB link of the complete event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151599808421025• Detailed program of the 16th Ecology Book and Press Festival: http: //www.festival-livre-presse-ecologie.org/le-festival/le-programme-2017 • More info: accueil@100ecs.paris and 01 46 28 80 94