The Institute’s first anniversary

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L’Institut Michel Serres souffle sa première bougie. Cela coincide avec la Saint Michel et le rapport 2013 du GIEC.
L’article de Libération (28-29 sept. page 21) "La convention climat de l’ONU, signée en 1992, reste sans effets majeurs ; Des décisions guidées par l’économie" (lien vers Libé).
Pourquoi le climat d’hypocrisie politique ne change pas ? Si ces conventions (climat, biodiversité, énérgies...) restent lettres-mortes, c’est que les questions centrales d’accès, gestion et re-ajustement des ressources à diverses échelles de gouvernance n’ont pas encore trouvé leur place sur les agendas politiques.

The Michel Serres Institute is one year old. Many happy returns of the day !
This anniversary coincides with the publication of the IPCC report 2013. An article in Libération (September 28-29, p21) concludes that "The UN climate convention signed in 1992 yielded no major results ; Decisions are guided by the economy". (link to article)
Why the climate of political hypocrisy does not change ? Most likely because present conventions (climate, biodiversity, energy...) are designed to be sterile.For as long as the central issue of accessing, managing and re-adjusting natural resources at all governance scales will not hit the great political agendas.

The Institute missions

“Michel Serres Institute” for Resources and Public Goods

Humans use their power and knowledge to manage life systems as well as the biosphere. Therefore, research must serve to increase human understanding of those resources and how best to use them for the public good.
The Institute will work towards the desired, sustainable condition of our societies through the integrated analysis, monitoring and management of resources (production, distribution, access and circulation) by initially focusing on :

  • Challenging the conceptual frames on which present-day agendas are set on issues such as climate change, energy, biodiversity, agro-food security, resources. Knowing that resources are at the heart of all our environmental and societal issues, we aim at setting up a coherent architecture and priority picture to guide further thinking and action.
  • Generate tools for the real-time metrics of regional resources and their dynamics / fluxes, in close connection with evolving legal, normative, and financial contexts and instruments.
  • Offer alternatives to the binary World Trade Organization – World Environmental Organization governance system in discussion during the Rio+20 session, based on the absolute necessity to integrate the economy and other human activities within the cycles of the biosphere.
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12 novembre 2012