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Transition Pathways

A project by the Laboratory of Possibilities

While sustainable development is regarded as an ideal to be pursued, our ability to truly achieve it has become a significant source of anxiety for many. This growing sense of urgency stands in sharp contrast to the apparent inertia of our societies and the culture of denial that prevails among a significant proportion of the population and decision-makers alike.

Accelerating climate change, massive loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources: the question is no longer whether we are moving towards a profoundly different society, but whether this transition will occur in spite of us, or to some degree, because we let it happen.

In this context, and even more so today, the role of both experts and citizens is bound to change, as the need to collectively find levers to determine our future has grown more urgent. Promoting and adopting a critical view of ideal models of sustainability are no longer sufficient. The intent of this project is precisely to go beyond these models by making it possible to better understand and discuss the transition pathways that humanity will take to ensure its survival, whether they are possible, challenging or desirable.

Let’s Rethink Everything—Together

Over the next few years, Transition Pathways will harness the knowledge of several disciplines and multiple players in order to collectively identify the paths that have the potential to lead Quebec society in more desirable direction.

Energy, food, health, production and consumption patterns, economic and cultural models: together we must rethink everything.

The work of defining the pathways will be structured around 5 major challenges, two of which have already been identified:

  • How can we ensure that more and more people have access to a healthy diet without depleting the earth's resources in a context of climate change?
  • How do we go about merging the digital and the ecological transitions?

The remaining 3 challenges will be identified in the coming months.

Citizen Workshops

A reflection of this importance must include and take into account the views of citizens. Public participation will be possible at different points in the process, particularly during facilitated co-creation workshops at Espace pour la vie. Using a formula that is yet to be defined due to the pandemic, the participants will play a role in orienting the desirable transition pathways for Quebec.

The Approach

Full details of the project and approach are available at cheminsdetransition.org. (In French only)

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