Is biodiversity still salvageable? A “Tribunal of future generations” decides

“Can we give back to the living what we took from it? “No, it’s not a question of the philo 2022 baccalaureate, but the title of an evening organized this Wednesday, May 11 in the large auditorium of the National Museum of Natural History, in Paris, by the LVMH group. Can we give back to the living what we took from it? Put differently, the question means: is it still possible to save all biotopes and biodiversity or else human civilization, drawn into a hubris anthropocene, has it gone too far to hope to repair the damage and return one day to a status quo ante ?

To answer this thorny question, LVMH has set up a tribunal intended to give voice to those who, by definition, do not yet have it, that is to say future generations. This “Tribunal of future generations” will be chaired by Karine Vergniol (former journalist of BFM Business) and will have, like all courts worthy of the name, a defense lawyer, a prosecutor (two journalists from the magazine “Usbek and Rica” ) and a jury made up of seven personalities (in particular the essayist Julien Vidal and Samuel Vandaele, president of the Young Farmers union). All will be enlightened by experts in the theme of biodiversity, including Pierre Cannet, director of advocacy at WWF.

All facets of solutions

At the end of the debates, the jurors and the public (about 300 people) will render their verdict separately – and it will be interesting to note the possible differences between those who believe in the effectiveness of the solutions to save the planet and those who think that they arrive very late. Hélène Valade, Environment Development Director at LVMH, explains:

Our civilization is going through a real cultural revolution and, legitimately, it wonders: is it possible to leave the Anthropocene and choose to enter into a new alliance with the living, in which our relationship would be completely redesigned? And if so, redesigned how? Should we create spaces from which the human would be totally absent or clean technologies, regenerative agriculture and biomimetic industry [imitant les vertus de la nature] can repair the damage we have done? »

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There is obviously no simple answer to this multitude of questions. “This is why the form of the tribunal seemed to us an ideal structure, continues Helen Valade. It makes it possible to examine all the facets of the proposed solutions and to weigh their legitimacy. »

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Another question arises: why is the world number one in luxury goods looking into questions that we imagine more reserved for the followers of Bruno Latour or Dennis Meadows? “All aspects of our activity depend on this new relationship with biodiversity: the vineyards, of course, but also the cultivation of silk, cotton, floral agriculture [pour les parfums]lists Hélène Valade. Our teams must have been made aware of this new alliance. “A long-term job.

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