The project is aimed at creating, at the heart of Europe’s Atlantic seaboard, an international campus for sharing experiences, training, and skills development dedicated to establishing an ecological civilization.
The initiative is supported by the European and Chinese foundations involved in the transition to an ecological civilization as well as by those in civil society : business and cultural leaders, academics, scientists and professionals…
- THE INITIATIVE
- JOINT REFLECTION
- THE AIM : TO OPEN AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS TOWARDS AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION
- THE ROLE OF THE CAMPUS
- FOUNDING AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- SKILLS AND STAKEHOLDER NETWORK
- PLANNED ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING
- PROJECT PHASES
- LAND ROHAN : WHERE THE PROJECT WILL TAKE SHAPE
- LAND ROHAN, AT THE HEART OF THE NANTES/RENNES/BREST METROPOLES : A STANDARD BEARER FOR THE EUROPEAN DYNAMIC
At COP 21 the European Union and China made a commitment to the future of the planet. China, a signatory to the accord, is determined to work actively towards the transition to green energy. President Xi Jinping himself spoke of an “ecological civilisation” to underline how important the environment is to China and the rest of the world. With the Chinese Philanthropy Research Institute, the benchmark in Chinese philanthropy, the most active players in Chinese civil society are moving to play a role in this innovative project. The European Union is a lead player in the transition to green energy and the fight against climate change. Civil society in Europe is already playing a pivotal role: with an increasing awareness of what is at stake, it is putting forward proposals and solutions on an international scale. Cooperation is already underway in a variety of forms, and a new cross-disciplinary and inter-sectorial structure will invigorate the message that is to be sent around the world.
The initiative calls on members of Chinese and European civil society to cooperate effectively in an ambitious joint project so that together we can formulate the best response to the climate challenge.
We are at the dawn of a new era that obliges us to adopt the best possible governance if we are to surmount challenges with worldwide consequences. Without living in the shadow of an “environmental crash” that would wipe out humanity, we need to acknowledge that humanity’s shared resources are seriously threatened by predatory activities on the one hand and confiscation through self-serving interests on the other.
Our natural resources are not infinite, and the intensive exploitation of our planet is to the detriment of the most vulnerable. The exaltation of “more is better” leads us to choose quantity over quality, with a concomitant waste of human and natural resources.
We believe that solutions cannot be restricted to corrective actions because every human activity governed solely by the cult of economic performance affects and is affected by the degradation of the climate and the destruction of biodiversity.
Like many people around the world we have been asking ourselves the question that T.W. Adorno has already analysed:
Is it possible «to lead a good life in a bad life?»*
*Judith Butler asked this question in the French translation of her Adorno Prize acceptance speech, published in France as “Qu’est-ce qu’une vie bonne?”, Payot 2014.
What is needed is a change of direction - initially in the meaning we give to our lives and our work. If communities and leaders invest in a new, more virtuous process of creating and delivering solutions that will bring about the transition to clean energy, humanity can be proud of choosing to fight in its finest hour.
Philanthropy is undergoing a renaissance in Europe, especially in France, and is actively developing in China. It offers individuals as well as national players leaning towards a new model of green growth, the ability to access the resources they need to take action and deliver their projects. A number of public and private foundations from Europe and China are involved in the Campus project and are working together on the transition to green energy in order to formulate and sponsor actions which will unite the parties involved.
At the international convention “Climate Chance”, organised by the Metropolis of Nantes for September 2016, they will call on other philanthropic organisations and foundations to join them in a “green alliance of Chinese and European foundations”. This event marks the first step towards the creation of an International Campus for an Ecological Civilisation.
THE AIM: TO OPEN AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS FOR AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILISATION
Thanks to active support from these foundations, the International Campus dedicated to sustainable development and the transition to green energy, built on contributions from every scientific discipline, will promote the design and development of innovative projects. Through joint efforts by researchers, practitioners, experts and informed non-professionals, the campus will openly examine the unprecedented issues, explore new avenues for possible solutions and promote the development of operational projects to deliver those solutions.
THE ROLE OF THE CAMPUS
HELP TO REDEFINE TERMS AND SET NEW PARADIGMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT to provide present and future generations with a living space that cares for the environment and all life on our planet.
CREATE A FORUM FOR DEBATE AND REFLECTION accommodating all scientific fields, all freshly discovered knowledge and every technological innovation so that we can understand, grasp and study the environmental metabolism of humans and natural resources.
PROVIDE AN OPEN SPACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN HAVE THEIR SAY for stakeholders from civil society, the business world, academia, science and research from different viewpoints and from every corner of the world.
DELIVERING INNOVATIVE COURSES FOR DECISION-MAKERS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR AS WELL AS PRESTIGIOUS QUALIFICATIONS taught by researchers, experts and managers from business and local authorities, in an original setting designed with support from higher education establishments federated by the recently created Université de Bretagne - Pays-de-la-Loire.
By bringing together universities and university colleges, businesses and clusters of excellence, which form a particularly dense and diverse fabric in these regions, we are guaranteeing an innovative cross-disciplinary approach which transcends traditional boundaries between different fields and is open to all.
OFFERING INNOVATIVE TRAINING/ACTION SESSIONS FOR OPERATIONAL PLAYERS is essential for learning how to identify risks and implement corrective and preventative actions in different fields. The campus is designed to “deliver lifelong learning” in all its forms, including collective education, with the aim of boosting skills locally and nationally. This forms part of an effort to promote versatile entrepreneurship that is open to working as part of a stakeholder ecosystem in which we can create and produce together.
BEING A VECTOR FOR A FAIRER SOCIETY - one that is more inclusive, more welcoming, better informed and better trained thanks to technological advances made in the digital world.
FOUNDING MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS PROJECT
The International Campus for an Ecological Civilisation project is backed by European and Chinese partners who form part of a provisional association.
Founders and associate members1:
• CHINA-EUROPE FORUM • LIFELONG LEARNING WORLD COMMITTEE (CMA) • BREMOND GROUP AND ITS COMPANY FOUNDATION LE DAMIER • ECOORIGIN • LATIN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (CCLAM) • BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY CHINA PHILANTHROPY RESEARCH INSTITUTE • COMPETENCES 21 • COMPLEX’CITE • GIS-ITS, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH GROUP ON SMART TRANSPORT SYSTEMS • ECOLE DES METIERS DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT (EME)
1 A presentation of founding members and associate members can be found in the appendix.
SKILLS AND STAKEHOLDER NETWORK
A number of organisations have been mobilised in France, Europe, and China around the founding members in order to contribute the skills and expertise needed to make the Campus a reality:
− From both the private and public sectors: businesses, consulates, artists, technical organisations and assessors, local authorities, town planning agencies and architects, professional bodies, cultural sector companies, and more.
− The academic world: a number of higher education and research establishments, in particular those in Brittany and the Pays-de-la-Loire, will lend their support to the work planned by the Campus.
Committed and active players in civil society working in their own fields (whether academia, business, local government, or the voluntary sector) and fully aware of the challenges set by the transition to clean energy, will pool their efforts, knowledge and resources to create, coordinate and expand the International Campus for an Ecological Civilisation.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING:
A FORUM FOR DEBATE AND RESEARCH: Inviting French and international researchers to present their work, hold debates and find opportunities for cooperation. The Campus sees itself as a forum for networking and a catalyst for new projects.
A PLATFORM FOR LEARNING:
− Practical modules and specialist courses for undergraduates in partnership with higher education establishments. – Training sessions for teaching staff and trainers. – A collaborative portal and gateway to the ecological civilisation, providing access to information and learning materials, distance learning (MOOCs, e-learning, etc.).
TRAINING AND CONSOLIDATION OF SKILLS ON THREE LEVELS:
− A Chinese and European course at policy level providing attendees (business leaders, members of elected representatives, senior civil servants, etc.) with open sessions and a free curriculum (culture, philosophy, geopolitics, future prospects, etc.) to better understand cultural approaches to environmental challenges. – A strategic-level course with an “Executive MBA” in the ecological transition for those designing and backing multicultural sustainable development projects. This will be developed with input from our partner higher-education establishments in China and Europe and players in the field in an effort to combine outlooks and skills. – An operations-level course with seminars which can be applied to business activities represented on the Campus (sustainable tourism, hospitality school, accommodation, catering, organic farming, herbalists store, etc.), as well as other sectors hosted on the campus, turning it into a space for demonstration and experimentation, and a hatchery for projects.
PROJECT CREATION, TWO LEVELS: 1. Design – Development: • Provisional project association founded. • Feasibility studies and development. • Sourcing backers and future partners. • Design of courses and other activities. • Creation of trilingual website (French, English, Chinese). 2. Infrastructures: • Adaptation of existing infrastructure to accommodate initial training courses. • Research into development of complementary facilities. • Site access study (mobility). • Infrastructure coordination and funding.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS FOR AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILISATION
FIRST OPERATIONNAL PHASE • The International Training Centre in Land Rohan opens for business. • Gradual launch of programmes and activities. • Research networks activated.
LAND ROHAN: WHERE THE PROJECT WILL TAKE SHAPE
The Domaine de Land Rohan lies between Nantes and Rennes in Vigneux-de-Bretagne in Loire-Atlantique.
It provides top-quality infrastructure that is available for immediate use and boasts all of the qualities we need to develop an ambitious flagship project. It is a place where the confirmed avenues of excellence which may well guide humanity towards an Ecological Civilisation can be presented and demonstrated.
In a particularly advantageous geographical location, Land Rohan also boasts a centuries long history which is evoked by its name, that of an illustrious Breton family: Rohan.
Specifically, the Campus will:
− Benefit from the spirit of creativity and innovation in western France: universities, scientific and high-tech facilities, backed by business players and start-ups, buoyed by the dynamic momentum of Rennes and Nantes.
− Further western France’s international reputation, in particular its relationship and partnerships with Chinese regions.
− Help to disseminate and share knowledge and technological innovations for the energy transition developed in both Europe and China and together in partnership.
− Develop future skills for designing, managing, governing and breathing life into the largest and smallest communities, all based on a desire to protect the planet.
DOMAINE DE LAND ROHAN: OUTSTANDING QUALITY
Land Rohan covers some 70 hectares with seven homes, modern offices with 100 workstations, 39 hectares of farmland, 20 hectares of woodland with hundred-year-old oaks, 3,500 m of water, 1,500 m of streams and stables.
The beauty of the location owes much to the landscape architects of the Versailles Landscaping School who are responsible for its design. Environmentally friendly management and operational systems, current buildings and facilities and those planned for the future: all of this makes Land Rohan a choice location, a place for networking and discussion, a place that is open, accessible, friendly and attractive. It boasts remarkable facilities enabling people to think, learn and recharge their batteries in a pristine natural setting.
A GREEN, REGIONAL DYNAMIC
The Domaine de Land Rohan forms part of western France’s history and geography. Through its planning and management, Brémond Group has proven its ability to respond to the region’s development challenges, bring real added value and create something that is both urban and green. It has also demonstrated its ability to manage a complex rural site with multiple uses, and coordinate human activity and nature, landscape and architectural heritage side by side.
It has implemented concrete actions for delivering an environmentally friendly facility which protects the planet’s resources. These include:
– Inventory and maintenance of Land Rohan’s biodiversity. – Smart waste and water management. – A focus on using local natural resources. – Establishment of a sustainable production system for managing livestock.
Benefitting from Brémond Group’s professional experience in designing new living spaces, Land Rohan can be home to a benchmark site open to all of the practitioners, decision-makers, business and voluntary sector players involved in territory managing and planning the ecological transition.
LAND ROHAN, AT THE HEART OF THE NANTES, RENNES AND BREST METROPOLISES:
A STANDARD BEARER FOR THE EUROPEAN DYNAMIC
Nantes, Rennes and Brest are classed as “metropolises”: These are the three leading urban areas in western France, focused on the future and involved at every level of the ecological transition, actively believing in truly sustainable development.
In 2014 Nantes and Rennes were two of nine French metropolises awarded the “French Tech” certification by the Ministry of the Economy, Production Recovery and Digital Affairs. They were joined by Brest in 2015. And in addition Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire together form the European Union’s leading farming and food producing region.
Western France: Where Europe’s land comes to an end and its maritime adventure begins.
Western France is culturally very sensitive to environmental issues and sustainable development and its universities and university colleges play an active role in this awareness and engagement. The Université Bretagne-Loire, the result of the most recent cooperation between the two regions, was created to boost the region’s national and international scientific and academic potential. Bound by geography and history, the two regions and three metropolises maintain ever closer relations. The Land Rohan Campus is a bridge that links them together.
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THE NANTES METROPOLIS: A CITY OF GREEN AND BLUE, CAPITAL OF PAYS-DE-LALOIRE, ENGINE ROOM OF THE INNOVATION ECONOMY.
Belonging to both Brittany and the Loire, economically and geographically Nantes Metropole is an extraordinarily dynamic city and home to more than 600,000 people.
Nantes, regional capital of the Pays-de-la-Loire, stands not far from the shores of the Atlantic, at the entrance to the Loire estuary where the rivers Erdre and Loire converge. In the 20th century its traditional maritime and industrial activities were transferred to the Loire estuary and Saint-Nazaire, now Nantes’ outer harbour, where they flourished. The two cities then joined together to form a single urban centre. Nantes’ development strategy takes shape through projects in which the river is the common theme, incorporating it into the city and discovering new uses for it.
Known for the beauty and botanic diversity of its green spaces, in 2013 it was named Green Capital of Europe by the European Commission. Nantes is also the gateway to the Loire Valley known the world over for its prestigious chateaux, gardens and vineyards.
The Loire, the longest river in France at 1012 km, is often introduced as Europe’s “only wild river”. Capricious and unable to be tamed, in 2000 it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its living cultural landscape. The entire river was registered as a Natura 2000 site of importance to the community as part of the European directives on “Birds” and “Habitats”, in order to protect its wild flora and fauna.
RENNES METROPOLIS: A UNIVERSITY CITY, CAPITAL OF BRITTANY AND A KEY PLAYER IN EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND HIGHER EDUCATION.
Rennes, Brittany’s capital, is France’s fifth largest research cluster with a dense fabric of private and public research establishments, and home to more than 9,800 researchers.
A large number of students live in the city - more than 60,000 in an urban area with a population of 430,000. A city that is both academic and industrial, Rennes’ ambition is to become one of Europe’s top 10 university cities by affirming its desire to boost its research and higher education to international standards.
In industry Rennes boasts expertise and production capacity in the mobility (automotive, PSA), electronics and telecommunications sectors.
As the capital of Brittany it is the bridgehead of the agricultural sector and the food industry. Rennes Metropolis conscientiously supports ambitious economic development (Convention Centre, International Campus, etc.) and is consolidating its image and reputation by looking outwards to Europe (high-speed trains, airport) and the Atlantic, hosting the headquarters of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions.
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BREST: OCEAN METROPOLIS
Brest Metropolis is Brittany’s second largest urban area and has a labour market of 400,000 people.
The European capital of marine sciences and technology, Brest is home to the headquarters of IFREMER, France’s National Marine Research Institute, the Agency for Protected Maritime Areas, the National Renewable Marine Energy Agency and the Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster, home to researchers, training bodies and companies in the marine sector.
Brittany’s second largest student city, Brest is home to a cluster of university colleges including Télécom Bretagne. Brest Metropolis takes part in Europe’s major development programmes thanks to its competition clusters and the Technopole Brest Iroise technology cluster.
The city also boasts a strong digital dynamic.
This project was launched by Chinese and European civil society. It is independent, proactive, dynamic and open. The multiple organisations already committed to building an International Campus for an Ecological Civilisation together would like to invite every member of civil society to join them.
For the climate actors world summit, Climate Chance, taking place in Nantes from 26 to 28 September 2016, the project initiators are calling on all private, public, European and Chinese foundations to together found a Europe-China Green Foundations Alliance to work independently to bring about an Ecological Civilisation.