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PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE - COP21


Friday, November 20 - From 6:30pm
Auditorium Georges Brassens
6161 Cambie St


*** THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL! ***

On the occasion of the COP21 Conference taking place in Paris, the Alliance Française organizes a special evening dedicated to climate change, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

The event will consist in three parts:

- First, enjoy an amazing digital exhibition of the best photos from the Fondation Alliance Française's photo competition: "Climate, state of emergency", projected on the auditorium's walls.

- Then, attend the screening of the fascinating and thought-provoking documentary "Planète Glace: Groenland" (Eng sub.)

- Finally, take part in a vibrant discussion with Eric Solomon, Director of Artic Programs at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Philippe Tortell, Associate Professor at Peter Wall Institute for advanced studies, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver Andrea Reimer, and Jean-Christophe Fleury, General Consul of France in Vancouver.


WHAT IS THE COP21 CONFERENCE?
From November 30 to December 11, 2015, Paris will welcome the UN conference on climate change, nicknamed COP21. After the failure of the Copenhagen Summit in 2009, COP21 must result in an international agreement to effectively fight against global warming. With around 40,000 participants in total - delegates representing each country, observers, and civil society members., it is the largest diplomatic event ever hosted by France and one of the largest climate conferences ever organized.


PHOTO EXHIBITION: "CLIMATE, STATE OF EMERGENCY"


Take a walk around our auditorium and admire the 44 best and most awareness raising pictures from the photo competition launched by the Fondation Alliance Française, in digital format. 105 Alliances Françaises from 43 different countries participated to this competition, which illustrates better than any words the already devastating effects of global warming on populations, landscapes and territories.




"PLANÈTE GLACE: GROENLAND"
Documentary in French with English subtitles

Directed by: Thierry Berrod, Vincent Amouroux, Yanick Rose
Running time: 50min

In the midst of the uncertainty provoked by climate change, the evolution of glaciers is at the heart of every debate. Follow four glaciologists on their journey through this frozen land in order to answer one question: are the glaciers in danger of disappearing? With the ice melting, Greenland is collapsing into the sea by the effect of its own weight.
Don't miss this immersion in the frozen planet, with incredible new information and mind-blowing landscapes!


DISCUSSION
In French & English

Following the documentary, join Eric Solomon, Director of Artic Programs at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Philippe Tortell, Associate Professor at Peter Wall Institute for advanced studies, Deputy Mayor of Vancouver Andrea Reimer, and Jean-Christophe Fleury, General Consul of France in Vancouver, for a passionate discussion about climate change and the future of the glaciers.

Eric Solomon has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of science and environmental education and communication with museums, science centres and public aquariums in the U.S. and Canada. He has dedicated much of his career toward improving communication of complex science and environmental issues to public audiences.

Philippe Tortell is a biological/chemical oceanographer with broad interests in ocean-climate interactions. His recent work has focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems.  He was a Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar in 2004, a Wall Scholar in 2014-15, and has led two Exploratory Workshops at the Institute, including a meeting examining the scientific and social dimensions of Arctic climate change.




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