Solutions to the Underlying Causes of Biodiversity Loss

SNAP Quebec and the Collectif COP15 are organizing an event on "Solutions to the underlying causes of biodiversity loss" from December 6 to 8, 2022.

An event during the COP15 in Montreal

Biodiversity is in crisis because of political, economic and social factors. As COP15 takes place in December in Montreal, researchers from around the world will respond to the call of IPBES and the IPCC to find solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Gathered under the theme Solutions to the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, invited economists and scientists will identify during this three-day event the profound changes that are needed and propose new paradigms, objectives and values ​​compatible with the conservation of biodiversity.

Peter Victor (University of York, Canada),
Julia Steinberger (University of Lausanne),
Bill McKibben (Third Act)

and many more!


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Opening event (7pm-9pm)

  • Welcome speech
  • Biodiversity crisis speech with Élisabeth Abergel and Éric Pineault (UQAM)
  • Main speech with Bill McKibben (Third Act)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Morning (9am-12pm)

  • How do we move beyond economic growth? with Peter Victor (York University) and Clifford Atleo (Simon Fraser University)
  • Alternatives to current investment models with Mathieu Dufour (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Jim Thomas (ETC Group) and Sara Teitelbaum (Université de Montréal)

Afternoon (1pm-5pm)

  • How can we reduce resource use in order to protect biodiversity? with Clifford Atleo (Simon Fraser University), Laura McKinney (Tulane University), Emiliano Teran Mantovani (Universidad Central de Venezuela) and Brian Napoletano (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • Adopting new goals and values for human and nature relationships with Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Bengi Akbulut (Concordia University) and Lisa Young (Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources)

Evening (7pm-9pm)

  • The role of communications in social change with Valérie Vedrines (Masse Critique)
  • Degrowth: the first milestones to be laid within five years with Andrea Levy (Canadian Dimension), Maude Prud’homme (Réseau québécois des groupes écologistes) and Éric Pineault (UQAM)

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Morning (9am-12pm)

  • What does a sober lifestyle look like? with Julia Steinberger (Université de Lausanne)
    This presentation will be hosted by Jean-Thomas Léveillé, environmental reporter with La Presse
  • Economics: Transitioning from money to material flows with Helmut Haberl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences [BOKU], Vienna), Richard York (University of Oregon) and Joshua Farley (University of Vermont)
    This panel will be moderated by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief and economics columnist for the Toronto Star

Afternoon (1pm-5pm)

  • Implementing post-growth and degrowth: steps for the next five years with Aaron Vansintjan (University of Vermont), Donnie Maclurcan (Post Growth Institute) and Iago Otero (University of Lausanne)
  • Democracy and environmental justice as prerequisites for change with Deborah McGregor (Osgoode Hall Law School), Patrick Bond (University of Johannesburg) and Brian Tokar (University of Vermont)

This event is made possible thanks to a financial contribution from the ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs.



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December 6, 7 and 8, 2022

Multipurpose room, Sherbrooke Pavilion, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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