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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Energy Policy Expert, Government Official, Co-President of the Club of Rome
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Sandrine brings a very intelligent outlook onto the web of society and the interconnectedness of its different agents, recognizing how everyone has a role in "emerging from the emergency". She shares important updates on what is recently changing in the political and financial spheres while urging movements of youth and communities to be at the forefront for innovation and resilience. It is with a great sense of clarity, urgency, and responsibility that Sandrine carries on the next steps of the Planetary Emergency Plan, combining bottoms-up changes with top-down decisions.

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  • Introduction
  • Inspired by nature's boundaries
  • "Limits to growth" - no denying and delaying of change anymore
  • The 3 focus areas of the Planetary Emergency Plan
  • Incredible shifts are happening in the banking system
  • Approaching our need for survival with creativity - the role of social media
  • The bottom-up influence of communities
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve has 30+ years of European and international policy, business leadership and strategy experience with a particular focus on EU and international climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions, and sustainable finance. Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business.

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  • Kim

    Thank you Sandrine. This was very inspiring!

  • Gabi S

    Could you please post a link to the Planetary Emergency Plan (as you suggested in the interview)?
    I would much appreciate it.

  • Would love to share this superb interview on Facebook if possible. However, when trying to do so, it comes back with the message that the URL is not complete. Are you able to help? Thanks very much in advance.

  • Dear Sandrine Dixon. I am deeply touched by the work you do. Phantastic. You motivate me so much.
    With love
    Sundar Dreyfus. Centre of Unity Schweibenalp. GEN Community. Switzerland.

  • Monique Reijers

    It was a very clear and promising interview. The bottom up together with the top down approach has to transform the old way of being; so, let us all use our voices! Thank you very much for this enlightment!

  • Steven Halifax

    I am in a very distant rural community in Saskatchewan. In the center of Canada, covered in snow and just living being a part of the summit. I could never travel or would be able to afford to attend otherwise. Thank you!

  • Gerrie

    Sorry to say, but in this fabulous summit (didn’t miss one single presentation) here there was this moment of unease, listening from a developing country. I am originally from Northern Europe (and lived there for some 30 years), but have lived around 20 years in South-America by now, being familiar with both realities. “Overconsumption economy is an economy of the past; it is still an economy of the present in particular in many developing countries, but if we are able to sell them a new vision about economy…”. This is an idea I sense frequently in Northern Europeans and Americans, first, it shows what I feel as a lack of understanding of what consumption is like in the Global South, and second, from that mistake wanting to teach about ‘more is less’. Thing is, consumption in the Global South is really low in comparison to that in the Global North. Data from the Global Footprint Network show that the ecological footprint in the USA is more than 6.7 global hectares per person, while in almost all of South America it is between 1.7 and 3.4 global hectares. Of course the whole world has to change its ways (and I am deeply engaged in that, for a long time by now), but being put this way, the message just doesn’t feel right, or maybe I should say fair. And I could still add the pressure the Global North puts on the biocapacity in the South…

  • Dariusz

    Thank you! One of the first books that opened my eyes was the “Limits to growth”.
    The reading from that period may also include “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth” that shows both the background of the Western civilisation’s invasion and some hints for the future for our Planet. R. Buckminster Fuller worked towards new ways within modernity – the ideas worthwhile for the reconsidering how our built environment is shaped.
    As buildings, urbanity and all infrastructure are largery responsible for the climate crisis, it’s indispensable to deal with serious and sound solutions to shape the built environment (even nature is being “built” today; man-made environment constituting almost all the present environment in many countries).
    One can look closer at the large-scale initiatives like:
    and more local initiatives:

    For those who are engaged in this field, the series of conferences is well known – like the one to take place in Gothenburg this June: (LET’S SHAPE THE SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF THE FUTURE)
    Listen to Christiane Figueres at the last WSBE17 in Hong Kong:

  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève

    Hi Gerrie- point taken! I agree with you and did not communicate my answer well. What I should have said and explained better is that the North has promoted a growth pattern which does not represent better well being or prosperity and only rewards the few rather than the many! The North is imploding g due to it’s over consumption and general malaise from obesity to higher suicide rates and growing homelessness in particular in the IS. How do we communicate to emerge I g and Southern economies that a more balanced growth paradigm will benefit more people? Btw you should be proud to be European at this point in time ( not ignoring our past of course) as actually there is a growing movement along new growth scenarios and a more balanced approach to environmental and social needs! And even at the European institutional level we are seeing policy shifts through the European Green Deal which is incredibly exciting! All the best! Sandrine

  • Michael

    It would be great if someone of influence could speak to Scott Morrison Oz PM who is under pressure to consider investing in new coal fired power station(s) as of 9/2/20*

  • Gerrie

    Sandrine, thank you so much for taking the time for this clarification, and sorry for the misunderstanding. Wish you all the best! ?

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