October 14-16, 2019
During the International Days at the Université Grenoble-Alpes, three lectures will be dedicated towards the Aurora Sustainability Lecture Series.
The Sustainability Series aims to showcase to the wider university community the expertise available around sustainability challenges that affect all of us, framed using the UN SDGs. The University of Grenoble-Alpes devoted three lectures aimed at manifold sustainable development goals, in widespread academic domains, that are tackling complex societal problems.
FINANCE AND POVERTY: HOW TO GET OUT OF THE MADNESS OF LIBERAL FINANCE? (by Faruk Ülgen, professor at the Economics Department of UGA)
The financial system is at the heart of the capitalist engine and determines its evolution. Since the 1980s, financial liberalization has allowed the generalization of highly speculative and profitable activities that are unable to meet human development goals. The gap of unequal distribution widens further with each new global crisis and jeopardizes the survival of a society that is becoming increasingly disengaged from future projects and unable to use its means of wealth creation in a viable way.
Related SDGs: 1, 10, 16
COOPERATIVE ORGANIZATIONS: AN ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY FOR ANOTHER WORLD? (by Hervé Charmettant, professor at the Economics Department of UGA)
In light of the recurrent crises, including the 2007-2008 crisis, which is still expanding, the capitalist economic model proves unable to ensure the dream of the general well-being of the world’s inhabitants. Alternative models exist and are implemented, even at a small scale, all over the world. They mainly converge towards more collective, shared, inclusive and solidarity-based organizations. Could they provide a sustainable solution or are they, on the contrary, mere patches on a world-worn out by the idea of endless material growth?
Related SDGs: 8, 12, 16
GOING TO COURT TO ENGAGE THE STATES’ CLIMATE RESPONSIBILITY: INCENTIVE FOR CLIMATE ACTION OR MISLEADING STRATEGY? (by Sabine Lavorel, professor at the Law School of UGA)
In March 2019, four NGOs called upon the Paris Administrative Court to hold the State liable because of its insufficient action against climate change. Although unprecedented in France, this judicial appeal is far from being the first in the world: in the last twenty years, climate change litigation has expanded in both developed and developing countries, making courts the new places of action for the defenders of a stable climate. Since 2015, some of these highly publicized legal actions have effectively led judges around the world to recognize the “climate responsibility” of public authorities and to urge them to take appropriate measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, is the court the best forum to further advance the fight against global warming? This conference aims to present the progress… but also the limits of this climate litigation strategy
Related SDGs: 13