Heat spikes, plastic pollution, water shortages, natural disasters... What will the world look like in 2050, and what can we do to address climate change? In partnership with online news magazine Slate.fr, Veolia is producing a 10-episode podcast to examine issues related to the ecological transformation. The four-month series, dubbed “GREEN MIRROR”, will be available in French on all listening and download platforms and in English on Slate's YouTube account starting on 11 January.
A mixture of reality and forecasts from top scientific institutions, “GREEN MIRROR” invites its listeners to “look at the reflection” of what the world might be like in 30 years if nothing is done, using a fictional story from a reporter sent to the future. Then, featuring testimonials from experts from inside and outside Veolia, the series also discusses current and future solutions for collective action in order to mitigate or adapt to these challenges.
What can we do to cool down cities, recycle plastics and rare metals or protect biodiversity?
Listen now to the first six episodes of the series, then stop by on 5 April for the seventh episode: 2050, clean air, a rare commodity?
Episode 6: 2050, French wines threatened, with Pascal Chatonnet, the oenologist and winemaker behind the "Bordeaux 2050" blend and Frédéric Van Heems, director of Veolia's Water France activity.
Episode 5: 2050, our cities underwater, with Magali Reghezza, a geographer, professor and researcher at Ecole Normale Supérieure and Patrick Labat, director of Veolia’s Northern Europe zone.
Episode 4: 2050, the end of the smartphone, with Erwann Fangeat, rare metals specialist at ADEME, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia's Chief Operating Officer and Gilles Carsuzaa, managing director of WEEE and deconstruction activities at Veolia in France.
Episode 3: 2050, the Rhône in distress, with Daniel Zimmer, director of the sustainable management of territories at Kik Climat and former director of the World Water Council, Christophe Maquet, director of Veolia’s Africa Middle East zone and Cyril Chassagnard, director of the central eastern region of Veolia's Water France activity.
Episode 2: 2050, oceans of plastic, with Françoise Gaill, oceanographer and vice-president of the Ocean and Climate Platform and emeritus research director at CNRS and Régis Calmels, director of Veolia's Asia zone.
Episode 1: 2050, 50 °C in Paris, with Hervé Le Treut, a climatologist and member of the Académie des Sciences, and Jean-Christophe Taret, Senior VP, Strategy at Veolia.
We are very happy to support Veolia in its approach to inform and engage. This ground-breaking series will allow us to highlight environmental issues that impact all of us, said Nicolas Valverde, VP, Slate Studio.
Five years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, the issue of climate change has never been more pressing. Things have begun to shift, but not by enough. Veolia, a leading company in the ecological transformation, participates in raising citizens’ awareness.. The consequences of inaction are now well documented, and we want to bring them to a wider audience. But there are also a number of solutions for overcoming this challenge, and with Slate and Green Mirror, we want to share them with our listeners. Because nothing is set in stone, Jean-Christophe Taret, Senior VP, Strategy at Veolia.