Spaceship Earth - Table ronde internationale à l'Institut Peter Wall pour les Etudes avancées, Vancouver

Entre le 5 et le 9 mai 2014, des scientifiques, des artistes et des praticiens se sont rencontrés à l'invitation d'un groupe comprenant Mundus maris pour discuter des possibilités de relever les défis de la vie sur notre planète bleue en état de siège. Les participants ont été conduits par le souci de développer de nouvelles perspectives et de l'espace pour l'action. Ils ont refusé de se résigner ou devenir cyniques face aux nombreux indicateurs environnementaux et sociaux déprimants montrant l'état menacé de l'océan et des écosystèmes partout dans le monde.

The atmosphere was certainly one of discovery of new perspectives thanks to crossing wires of people from very different backgrounds.

Infact, the blending of diverse knowledge and fields of experience, which does not often happen among highly specialised people. That was itself a rich source of making fresh sense of the world around us.

Suspending judgement and listening first to the others and then also deep in oneself are among the key ingredients of discovering new opportunities in old and not so old problems.

As a matter of fact, one learns to go beyond a binary thinking of solving problems to one where the wealth of diverse perspectives opens chances for transformations that can slow the frenetic rush towards exploiting every last bit of "resource" on the planet and thus precipitate collapse and accelerate the joint action on alternatives that provide staying power over the long run. Call it sustainability.

The group that had successfully bid for funding of the roundtable by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, was composed of U. Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Economics Research Unit at the Fisheries Centre at UBC, Cornelia E Nauen, President of Mundus maris - Sciences and Arts for Sustainability, and Sarah K. Meltzoff of the Rosenstiel School of Oceanic and Atmospheric Studies of the University of Miami. It was later joined by Maria Scordialos and Vanessa Reid of The Living Wholeness Institute.

To read a chronicle of the Roundtable from the invitation to the conclusion, click here.