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French students simulate COP21 by making the oceans talk

Students from all over the world simulated the COP21 conference in a theatre, giving voice to those who won’t have one at the real summit.

More than 200 students of the Sciences Po University and other universities of the world took part in May in the simulation of the COP21, the global conference on climate to take place in Paris in December. Boys and girls worked during four days and gathered in the Théatre des Amandiers in Nanterre with the scope of simulating the summit and giving voice to those who don’t have it. Therefore, on one side, a few guys played the role of head of States, governments and international organisations, on the other, students created committees for oceans, the atmosphere, endangered species, the Internet, young people or climate refugees.

 

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The idea was conceived by Bruno Latour, philosopher and academic professor: “A bad representation of collectivity – he explains – led to the failure of the previous conferences on climate. For this reason, it is necessary to change the strict codes of political representation”. Despite this, in Nanterre there were disagreements, too. The French newspaper Libération explained that during the simulation days the ocean committee asked to “avoid the use of fossil fuels”: a point of view that was criticised by Nigerian delegates (actually, politics students), one of the major oil producers globally.

 

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The idea was conceived by Bruno Latour, philosopher and academic professor: “A bad representation of collectivity – he explains – led to the failure of the previous conferences on climate. For this reason, it is necessary to change the strict codes of political representation”. Despite this, in Nanterre there were disagreements, too. The French newspaper Libération explained that during the simulation days the ocean committee asked to “avoid the use of fossil fuels”: a point of view that was criticised by Nigerian delegates (actually, politics students), one of the major oil producers globally.

 

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The material produced by students won’t be useless in the future. The French ambassador for climate negotiations at the COP21, Laurence Tubiana, promised that “all the things the students have done will be presented to the real negotiators in Paris”. Hoping that the next conference on climate won’t be a theatrical representation.

 

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