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18/10/2016 - 20/10/2016
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Symposium of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Climate change, a new political epoch

Museum of Water Civilization


Marrakech, October 18-20, 2016


The challenge that humanity currently faces is not only the inevitable need to reduce and stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and to create the proper conditions for the adaptation of societal lifestyles, it is also to reformulate the pathways, conditions and direction of a common history for humanity.

Qualifying this new period is an important issue. Whether we speak of Anthropocene, a proposed term to define an epoch where human activities begin to be considered as a major factor in geological transformation, or of new climate regimes, it is important to define the responsibilities of Man towards nature and living beings, towards future generations, and regarding the modification of individual and collective behaviors that that entails. Thinking and acting in the shadow of climate change involves inhabiting the Earth differently.

If the great historical narratives of progress and human development have not integrated the Earth to which we belong, is that due to the lack of dialogue between cultures, particularly when it comes to connecting with nature and recognizing the importance of civilizations characterized by the centrality of ecosystems?

In any case, the development of a new multi-national narrative based on the reality of the conditions of existence of human beings is today a necessity. To this end, which common language can we use and around which values, with what rights and obligations for each, towards one another and towards other living beings and the geosphere?

Social and economic change and transformation are occuring in all domains. How can they favor writing a new story, and promote notions of ‘common good’, ‘climate justice’ and the preservation of bio-diversity? How can we formulate the stakes in the fight against poverty and inequality? It is inevitably the most vulnerable populations that suffer the consequences of climate change. How can we establish the right of all countries to sustainable development and at the same time fully assume the historical responsibility of the industrialized countries?

How do we change public policy and patterns of economic production and consumption? Water, earth, air and climate have been irreversibly impacted by extractive industries. This mode of development has impacted both the health and environment of human populations

This is especially true for the most vulnerable populations and creates serious shortcomings in terms of equality. New types of conflicts will thus arise. How do we identify the protagonists, territories and stakes? In this “permanent planetary emergency,” how do we invent and develop democratic forms of governance, articulating action levels, from the local level to that of the geosphere, creating oases with large international networks, to deal with an issue that is now global?

Today, all our thinking and behavior patterns must be modified. It is time to consider a new “social” contract, and to define its content and the basis for its legitimacy?