This year we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreements, a founding text for the fight against global warming. To celebrate this anniversary and the return of the United States to the Paris Agreements, I suggest you rediscover a series of interviews that I conducted in 2015 for Place to B, brilliant project carried by the journalist Anne-Sophie Novel and Nicolas Bienvenu on the sidelines of COP21, devoted to reflection on the stories of ecological transition.
And to start, here is an excerpt from the first interview of this series with the point of view ofIsabelle Delannoy, author of the essay The Symbiotic Economy published by Actes sud editions and co-writer of the film Home by Yann Arthus Bertrand. She participated in the adventure of the new film by the author of “The Earth Seen From the Sky”, Legacy, dark, magnificent and overwhelming portrait of the links between Humanity and Biodiversity. She shares with us her thoughts on how to tell the future.
Isabelle, ecology sometimes still has trouble finding its way into the hearts of the general public today. How do you explain the problem? (Editor’s note: it’s less and less true. Environmental issues preoccupied 72% of the French population, including 90% of young people aged 18 to 24 in 2019, source Harris Interactive.)
Isabelle Delannoy: “It’s because we are locked in a paradigm. The words we use to talk about ecology reflect an outdated conception. Our civilization is going through a global mutation, a profound metamorphosis. A civilization is a set of techniques, cultures and representations of the world. Today, if we want to tell about the new world, we have to find new words.
Do you think the Internet can play a role in this transformation of language, in the linguistic and narrative creativity that we need to translate this new thought?
The Internet can enable citizens to regain control of the story of this future on the move. Today, our leaders are expected to change the system when this responsibility lies with us. If we continue to tell stories starting from a higher, pyramidal authority, then everything seems blocked, far removed from the citizen. But if we get rid of this pattern, then we see that everything is moving.
If we want to change our narrative, we must pay attention ourselves to no longer be in the pyramid paradigm or disconnected from the living. We must show in words the intelligence of living things and the way in which humans can make their ecosystem beautiful. We must speak of man as a positive species. ”
Read the full interview on the Place to B website, published under the title
“The ecological crisis is a mythological crisis” Storytelling and ecology # 1
Note: the Paris Agreement was opened for signature on April 22, 2016 – Earth Day – at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It entered into force on November 4, 2016, 30 days after the “double threshold” (ratification by 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions) was reached.
(C) Photo of Une – USGS – Anti-Atlas Maroc