A Laboratory of Possibilities project
On the occasion of World Environment Day, June 5, 2020, for which Montréal was the North American host city, Space for Life and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) organized an event to reflect on and imagine the future of our planet (our cities, our spaces) as well as the cohabitation between species on Earth, humans included.
Over 170 participants
The virtual meeting, Unlocking Human Potential for Biodiversity, created a space for communication and exchange on the theme of the environment with more than 170 participants from the scientific, artistic and educational communities, as well as with citizens, activists and Indigenous people from Québec, elsewhere in Canada and abroad. Here are some excerpts from this very productive and extremely creative event.
Regenerating Human Potential – Panel discussion
The dialogues and discussions were recorded. Click on the names of the panelists to listen, or relisten, to what they had to say.
- Anne-Sophie Gousse-Lessard, PhD, researcher in social and environmental psychology and engaged citizen
- Matthieu Ricard, PhD, author and initiator of humanitarian projects
- Stanley Asah, PhD, associate professor specializing in conservation psychology
- Vandana Shiva, PhD, eco-feminist and founder of Navdanya
Here are some links for viewing excerpts from the event.
- Activer le potentiel humain en faveur de la biodiversité - Table ronde - 5 juin 2020
- PANEL - (Re)mise en liberté du potentiel humain | Panel Discussion: Regenerating Human Potential
- Vertige éco-transformationnel | Into the Great Eco-transformational Unknown
- Vers l’émergence du potentiel humain | Towards the Emergence of Human Potential
Virtual Project Hives – A unique project-sharing concept
To maintain the spirit of the event Unlocking Human Potential for Biodiversity, Montréal Space for Life and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) officially launched Virtual Project Hives, a new initiative promoting the sharing of projects related to biodiversity and climate change.
The basic idea behind Virtual Project Hives is to bring together groups of 6 to 11 people who want to share their biodiversity projects, with a view to helping enrich those of others. Project hives focus on building collective intelligence by pooling diversified knowledge, expertise and resources in order to help advance projects of all sizes faster and further.
Project hives also take into account the vision of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity's strategic plan Living in Harmony with Nature, which aims to ensure that biodiversity is valued, preserved, restored and used wisely. Putting biodiversity to the fore means maintaining the services provided by ecosystems, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people by 2050.
Virtual Project Hives host projects that fall within the framework of the seven main themes identified by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (SCDB).
Land and forests
Sustainable climate action
A successful first virtual hive
We are delighted to have implemented a first virtual hive in the summer of 2020 that brought together project participants and collaborators brimming with wonderful ideas. Over the course of the year, we’ll be launching a second version of the Virtual Project Hives, intended for the general public. Check back in regularly!